Category Archives: Engineering and architecture

Bending beams and counting the cost

During these first few weeks of my placement I have been carrying out some fairly entry-level calculations on a forty-five storey tower. These follow on nicely from courses in concrete…

The end of bridges and the beginning of projects

After seven and a half years, I had my final exam as an undergraduate last Friday.  As final exams go, it counted for a minute part of my degree –…

Womb with a view

Paris is slowly encircling itself in tramways. The latest tramway to open, connecting the disparate ends of several metro lines is the T3, which skirts inner Paris’ southern border. As…

American bridges number 1

There’s one thing that they do particularly well at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (School of bridges and roads), and that is teaching how to build bridges and roads….

Meet Mr Alphand

When Haussmann was busy tearing down and rebuilding large swathes of Paris, he wasn’t doing it all by  himself.  His chief engineer was this fellow, M Alphand.  In this portrait…

The International Tunnel of Tangiers

This afternoon’s lecture on earthquake engineering was a struggle. The mountains of photocopies that we were given didn’t really match up with what the lecturer was saying, which had the…

How to be dam safe

Glen Canyon Dam, as featured in the popular film «Superman» When designing, building and operating a dam, there are a few steps that ought to be followed in order to…

It is nearly always a lovely day in Architecture world

This quote is from Jonathan Glancey in today’s G2: “It is nearly always a lovely day in Architecture World. Happy, shiny, gym-fit young people living today’s latte-fuelled urban 24-hour lifestyle,…

Wilkinson Ire – Successful Expedition

It is with great pride that I report that Expedition Engineering won Thursday’s cricket match against Wilkinson Eire architects.  In a game between two teams each with a fair spread…

Pont Simone de Beauvoir

My thanks go to Mary for finding this article in the Sunday Independent on Paris’ newest bridge, Le Pont Simone de Beauvoir:  http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3340477 I am fond of this bridge –…