Thursday, August 09, 2007

In the News -- I35W

I don't know about you, but I tend to take many of the engineering marvels that surround me for granted. It rarely crosses my mind that the building I'm in might fall over, or that the bridge I'm driving on might collapse. This is, of course a tribute to the engineers, architects and construction crews who designed and built the structures that surround me.

The I35W collapse brings to mind other infamous crashes. Some of them are very well known, such as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge others are less well known, but no less interesting. To find out more, check your local library catalog under the subject Bridge failures. You might also use the catalog to find books by Henry Petroski who writes excellent books about engineering and engineering failures. You could also check Engineering Index (you must be on the SDSM&T campus to use this link) and Wilson's Applied Science and Technology Index (also SDSM&T campus only) for technical information about bridge failures.