Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO): Bridge Building Challenge in Mississauga: Deadline midnight today (March 16, 2018)!

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) – Mississauga Chapter:

Bridge Building Challenge in Mississauga: Deadline midnight today!

More information: http://peo-mc.ca/event/bridge-building-challenge-2018/

Quick note (from PEO Mississauga chapter board member) about the bridge building challenge: “Student teams must register before 11:59 PM today already. Because of the time it takes to build & for glue to dry, new teams will not be able to sign up on the day of the event.”

View of Bailey Bridge looking north from corner of Ogden Ave. and South Service Road in MIssissauga. Jaan Pill photo. Click on the image to enlarge it; click again to enlarge it further.

Additional note (1): I learned of this event when I was contacted about previous posts about the Bailey Bridge over the QEW near Applewood Village Plaza in Mississauga. Person who contacted me had been doing research regarding a recent pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami; he writes:

Entry ramp to footbridge at North Service Road. Jaan Pill photo. Click on the image to enlarge it; click again to enlarge it further.

I’m a civil engineer working in northern Mississauga and I saw the bridge for the first time on Tuesday evening (while going to the Professional Engineers Ontario Mississauga Chapter board meeting which, oddly enough, took place at the Plaza). Most pedestrian overpasses and bridges in Mississauga (ex; across roads, along the Credit River) are streel truss, and it struck me as interesting that there was still a concrete bridge standing.

After the collapse of the pedestrian bridge in Miami on Thursday, I found reason to dig a little deeper into the story of that bridge, and found your article. As it happens, PEO’s Mississauga chapter is hosting our annual student bridge building competition next week just up the road from there, and it might be something to mention.

Do you have any additional information to share that didn’t get mentioned in the post (construction date, weight, span, etc.), or a contact whom I could check with?

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Additional note (2): I’ve shared some contact suggestions (that is, people to contact) regarding the Bailey Bridge construction details, etc. If any site visitor has additional contact suggestions (people to contact for more details), please get in touch with me at jpill@preservedstories.com

Update

A March 17, 2018 Guardian article is entitled: “Miami bridge collapse: engineer’s answerphone message about crack not heard: Police department says criminal charges were possible after inquiries into the accident that killed at least six are
completed.”

The opening paragraph reads:

“Homicide detectives opened an investigation on Friday into the collapse of a new footbridge that killed at least six people at Miami’s Florida International University (FIU), as questions began to swirl about the companies behind the structure’s controversial design and construction.”

An additional excerpt (featuring part of a transcript of a voice mail message from the lead engineer working for one of the companies involved in the bridge construction) reads:

“‘Um, so, uh, we’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that.’”

 

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