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Friday, November 14, 2008

35W question

Now that the NTSB has reported the causes of the bridge collapse, my next question is, would they have had that much equipment on the bridge if they had taken a more proactive approach to maintenance?


At Fri Nov 14, 08:53:00 PM CST, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

It looks that way.

At Sat Nov 15, 06:46:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Put another way, what I'm wondering is did they have a backlog of emergency maintenance that caused them to require more equipment than if they had been performing routine maintenance on schedule? If they had less equipment on the bridge, it may have forestalled the eventual collapse, though of course we probably still would not have known about the problem to this day if that had been the case. Such odd and awkward twists of fate can leave one wondering what is the right thing to wish for.

Here's another idea. As part of their investigation, did the NTSB construct an identical gusset plate and test it under increasingly heavier weights to see how much it could bear? It seems such an experiment would be affordable and valuable. I doubt they ran such a test or we would have seen it on the news.


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