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An engineering icon is swept away

Rick DeMeis
9/13/2011 08:51 PM EDT

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Earl54   11/7/2011 5:34:34 PM
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All 5 of my family's cell phones quit before the 2 year contract was over. OK, one was dropped from an amusement part ride and doesn't count. 3 different brands.

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peralta_mike   9/28/2011 2:28:49 PM
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I wish my cell phone and digital cameras lasted as long as this "primitive" bridge. I get so mad when my wife buys a $800 digital camera and finds that after 1 year (sometimes less) it starts having problems. This has happened on every last digital camera she has bought in the past 12 years. What the &%$# is going on? Just make our modern consumer devices (phones, cameras, etc.) to last as long as this bridge. Then I will be happy. And don't tell me it would cost more! I paid a lot of money for my digital camera - %800 - that now doesn't work. The mfg just gets in such a hurry to release the product and they don't do due diligence in releasing a quality and reliable product. The problem is lack of commitment to real quality and reliability!

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Rick DeMeis   9/21/2011 9:15:07 PM
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Some excellent drawings, done in 1936, are available for download from the Library of Congress here: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=pphhsheet&fileName=ny/ny0700/ny0745/sheet/browse.db&action=browse&recNum=0&title2=Blenheim%20Covered%20Bridge,%20Spanning%20Schoharie%20River,%20North%20Blenheim,%20Schoharie,%20NY&displayType=1&maxCols=2

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selinz   9/21/2011 7:59:49 PM
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sounds like elPresidente made his comment on a bad day! This bridge was old, cute, and quaint. It was clearly well built to have lasted that long and be made out of wood. It would be neat to see old blueprints... Did they have the color blue back then?

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zachariasn   9/21/2011 8:19:39 AM
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With the pace of technology, I don't think we'll be using what we design 10 years from now.

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chrisnfolsom   9/19/2011 11:37:55 PM
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This is sad and to poke fun at it, or call it shoddy by failing in a flood which may have been more than 500 year flood - although you have to be mistaken about them knowing anything about 500 year floods when it was built as they were just coming up with the definition of dinosaurs and plate tectonics and climate change were 100 years in the future (and are still being defined and redefined at a rapid pace). I won't say it was climate change that allowed this storm to be as large as it was, but that does not detract from the design, function, longevity and beauty of this bridge and many like it. And as engineers we have to respect our roots as apply them to our own designs - anybody expect their products to be used in 155 years?

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pianom4n   9/19/2011 11:30:58 PM
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It was a 500 year flood there. http://ny.water.usgs.gov/projects/news/flood_peaks.Irene.pdf

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sharps_eng   9/19/2011 7:39:45 PM
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Are they going to hold a competition to replace it? What is the betting on the style - retro, futuristic or some fossilised piece of architect's ego? Bridges are real engineering, sort-of like compilers or operating systems. Not an end in themselves but they get a lot of traffic!

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Bridgewright   9/16/2011 2:48:22 PM
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A masterwork - http://twitter.com/#!/Bridgewright/status/108150584099618817/photo/1

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TFCSD   9/16/2011 6:29:04 AM
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Sad loss of historical technology and use of composite materials. Chances are nothing like this bridge will be built again due to costs, newer technologies that have improve bridges, lack of quality wood, and lost wood working skills.

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