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Diversity Bridge Is Falling Down, My Fair Lady
Taki's Magazine ^ | Mar.. 20, 2018 | David Cole

Posted on 03/20/2018 7:54:10 AM PDT by libstripper

Well, that is damned inconvenient. A state-of-the-art pedestrian bridge hailed as the inevitably wondrous result of diversity in engineering has collapsed within days of being paraded before the media. Did I say inconvenient? I should have said symbolic.

“Diversity Bridge” (that’s not the structure’s official name, but I think it fits) was designed to connect Florida International University to the city of Sweetwater, where many FIU students and staff reside. The bridge, installed (though not yet opened to the public) a mere four days before its failure, spanned a busy Miami highway, and the collapse crushed cars and people underneath. Authorities report at least six deaths.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aa; failure; flbridge; obama
Great article about the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse showing the role AA played in it. Also gives some mostly unknown background to the Sept. 22, 1993 Amtrak disaster that killed 47 people. Seems the barge pilot who rammed into the bridge piling was Amish, had no formal training, and had failed his pilot's exam seven times, among other things.

And now Purdue University's department of engineering education advocates "non-rigorous" engineer education to promote "diversity."

1 posted on 03/20/2018 7:54:10 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Here in my city, I encounter on a daily basis graduates of Florida A&M University, an HBCU. I’ve been less than impressed with the abilities of 95% of these folks, they write and speak at about an 8th grade level.


2 posted on 03/20/2018 7:59:59 AM PDT by TallahasseeConservative (Isaiah 40:31)
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To: TallahasseeConservative

The FIU student interviewed on fox couldn’t even speak English.


3 posted on 03/20/2018 8:02:40 AM PDT by proust ("The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.")
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To: proust

Shocker!! /s


4 posted on 03/20/2018 8:03:46 AM PDT by TallahasseeConservative (Isaiah 40:31)
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To: libstripper
Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge.

Interesting. It might make a cynical observer wonder exactly how construction services for the bridge were procured...

5 posted on 03/20/2018 8:05:13 AM PDT by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill.)
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To: TallahasseeConservative

Wow, they speak at 8th grade level? That’s really good for them, I rarely hear anything above 4th grade where I am.


6 posted on 03/20/2018 8:21:24 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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Those are the ones who hold “Masters Degrees” lol.


7 posted on 03/20/2018 8:32:34 AM PDT by TallahasseeConservative (Isaiah 40:31)
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To: libstripper

Another reason I don’t park to close to train tracks and avoid new overpasses.


8 posted on 03/20/2018 8:36:54 AM PDT by redgolum
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To: libstripper

Video of the FL bridge collapse suggests either lack of, or inadequate, steel reinforcement. It broke up like a dried out butter cookie, no twisting of structure or stringing together of parts. The engineer called in his observation of cracking just before collapse.

Lawyers going to be lined up around the block for this one.


9 posted on 03/20/2018 8:40:53 AM PDT by lurk
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To: TallahasseeConservative
I gave directions to a prospective room mate on how to get to my house so we could meet. He had a BA and MS in Civil Engineeering. He said he was at that moment at the Student Center on University Street. So I said: Go straight South from the University on University Street to 1106 S University which is 4 blocks due South of the University.

I waited and waited. A couple hours later he called. He was still looking for my place. He had driven to a University Avenue that ran East and West in another town.

That Civil Engineer with a Masters Degree is now designing bridges.

10 posted on 03/20/2018 9:32:20 AM PDT by spintreebob
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Ain’t America grand???


11 posted on 03/20/2018 9:38:51 AM PDT by TallahasseeConservative (Isaiah 40:31)
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To: lurk

Why would they need engineering when they have feelings and diversity to support the bridge?


12 posted on 03/20/2018 10:14:28 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: libstripper
Here is one of the more intriguing items in the article:
FIU was awarded millions of federal dollars to “diversify” its STEM classes. And even after the disaster, FIU’s president, Mark Rosenberg, defended the project, claiming that at least they were trying to “build a bridge, not a wall.”
Even before the dead are buried, somehow President Trump and his supporters are dragged into the rubble and snarked at by the school president! Un-friggin believable.
 
13 posted on 03/20/2018 12:07:07 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (CNN is fake news.)
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To: lurk

Here is a 10 minute video by the guy that did the Oroville dam updates. He gives a background on the bridge and what the likely failure was. A quick summary of the failure is the trusses at each end of bridge had to be adjusted after the move. The original design called for the transports to be under both ends. Since they moved the transports closer to the center of the span, they had to adjust tension in the outer trusses for the move and then change them back once in place. It was during this process when the bridge failed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxQJj8D_FE0


14 posted on 03/21/2018 8:20:29 AM PDT by EVO X
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