Category Archives: Structures

Loving the Olympics…

I am soooooooooooo enjoying the Olympics!!! With all the gymnastics on the TV – it almost feels like Christmas & birthday wrapped into one!!! 😉

I found a great photo of the Tower Bridge & Beehive by Luke Agbaimoni!!! Thought I’d share it with you in keeping with the Olympic spirit!!! 😀

& an almost similar one by JP Photography… Which is just stunning!!!!

I’ve posted a great HDR on my facebook page of the Olympic Tower Bridge (also by JP Photography) – so if you would like to see another stunning HDR by JP Photography, please drop in & tell me what you think of it!!! 😀

… & in the meantime – enjoy the Olympic action!!! Really wish I didn’t have to work!!!! 😀 **

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Vienna, Austria – Votivkirche

Votivkirche – December 2004

According to Wikipedia: “…The Votive Church, is one of the most important neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world…”

Well…. it certainly made an impression on me way back in 2004!!!

What do you think?? Quite impressive right?? 🙂 **

Vienna, Austria – Majestic Stephansdom

Wow… I have been lacking in posts the last month!!! Have been crazy busy at work, been organising our Canada trip (which by the way – we are flying of to tomorrow evening!! 😀 ), but ever since we switched off our satellite television (way proud of us!!!…), we have been keeping busy with other stuff – rather than technology stuff!!! 🙂 My apologies!!! 🙂

Tonight, I am sharing the awesomely majestic Stephansdom Cathedral in Austria!!! This is a seriously impressive building in the middel of Vienna!!! It towers above the other buildings!!! & has a very gothic feel to it!!! But is is impressive (times 17 000!!! 😉 )…

Stephansdom Cathedral – December 2004

So, that’s all I have time for tonight – have to go and pack for the awesome trip to Edmonton, Canada that lies ahead!!! 😀 It is an almost 24hr trip 😦 but looking very much forward to the week ahead!!! & I’ll be coming back with lots of photos & hopefully unforgettable memories to share with you!!! 🙂 **

London, UK – London Eye

Again I have to apologise for my lack of posts!!! 😦 I’ve been keeping busy (& tried to scale down on the time I spend on my computer!!! – a conscious effort!!! 😉 ) … Have been doing a few DIY’s around the house – which I will share with you soon!!! 😀 I’ve discovered Pinterest – which I am officially addicted to!!! 😀 But it has inspired me to get up & get going!!! Still lots more to do though… only the tippy-tip of the iceberg!!! – – – We have cancelled our satellite tv, exactly for this reason!!! Once I have found my new balance I will hopefully post often again!!! 🙂

But for today (late this week)… my Travel Lane memory!!! 🙂 Again one of those that I’ve seen a few times, but have not actually been on (next time for sure!!!)… The London Eye!!! This place such a big part in the touristy aspect of London, that I cannot believe that I’ve not been up there even once in the 3 times I’ve visited London!!! 😦 Love this structure though… I love the happy memories and gooey feelings these images brings forth when I see it!!! 😀 **

London Eye – December 2006

1892 London’s Tower Bridge Under Construction

As most of you know I am quite passionate about engineering & structures!!! (Which is probably my main reason for wanting to return to France & the Eiffel Tower!!!! 😉 ) – – – Seeing that I still don’t have internet at home yet, I thought I’d share with you a very interesting & informative post of the Tower Bridge!!! My boss sent me this email this morning… & I’m to excited about it not to share it!!!! 😀 Needless to say, the source is my own personal email – if the facts aren’t quite correct, please let me know & I’ll gladly research it…. this is a copy paste from my email!!! 🙂

When I do eventually have internet again I’ll post some of my personal photos that I took of my visits to the Tower Bridge. Also, for another piece of interesting information/trivia on the Tower Bridge & its history, visit Cindy’s blog, Photos from the Loony Bin!!!

“… Pictures of the Tower Bridge during construction

By Daily Mail  Reporter
Last updated at 5:01 PM on 29th November 2011

This is one of the London’s most beloved landmarks as you’ve never seen her before. stripped down to her underwear, the never before seen pictures of the Tower Bridge — one of the world’s most recognizable structures — have been unveiled after the stash of hundred-year-old prints were found in a skip.

Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the bridge’s foundation, the 50 sepia photos reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the British capital’s most popular tourist destinations, which was the first bridge of its kind in the world.

Never seen before: The pictures of London’s Tower Bridge were found in a skip and then wrapped up in brown paper and put in a carrier bag under a bed.

The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed “The Wonder Bridge”.   The discarded pictures, which were retrieved by a caretaker who was looking after a building being turned into flats in 2006, have spent the last five years in a carrier bag underneath his bed.

The 59 year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that after the occupants of the Westminster office building moved out, the album and a number of documents were thrown into a skip outside.  He said: “I took the ledgers to the Tower Bridge Museum because I thought they might have some historical value.”

Remarkable find:   The prints reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the British capital’s most popular tourist attractions and how it was put together.

A view of the bridge:  The sturdy steel frame of the Tower Bridge can be seen, before it was covered with its distinctive stone-cladding on the orders of architect John Wolfe-Barry.

They included records of the materials and used in the bridge’s construction and what they cost. “I told the man at the museum that I had also found some photos but he told me they already had plenty of those. I didn’t know what to do with them so I wrapped them in some brown paper and put them in a bag under the bed.”

It wasn’t until earlier this month, when the owner of the photos mentioned them to his neighbour, City of Westminster tour guide, Peter Berthoud, that the significance of the find fully emerged. Mr Berthoud, an expert in the history of London, who gives guided tours around famous landmarks including the Tower Bridge, said that he was gobsmacked by the haul.

Stripped down:  The photographs show how the bridge was put together over eight years, revealing why it was nicknamed at the time the “Wonder Bridge”.

Landmark:  The Tower Bridge remains one of the British capital’s most iconic structures and a tourist attraction today, 125 years after building started.

Sepia to silver screen:  The incomplete Tower Bridge features in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, where Holmes battles with his adversary Lord Henry Blackwood.

Contrary to popular misconception, the images reveal the bridge is a sturdy steel frame beneath the instantly recognisable stone cladding.   Mr Berthoud said: “When my neighbour gave me a disk with the ages on I just couldn’t believe it. I spent hours going through my books to see if these pictures were already around but I couldn’t see them anywhere — they are unique. Quite simply London’s Tower Bridge is the world’s most iconic bridge and it’s the only bridge over the Thames which has never needed to be replaced at some point.

Discovery:  Peter Berthoud was gobsmacked when his neighbour showed him the haul of photos. He spent hours going through books to find something similar, only to discover they are unique.

Transformation:  The bridge took eight years to build and at the time was a landmark feat of engineering, combining elements of a suspension and high level bridge and a bascule.

It combines elements of a suspension bridge, a high level bridge and a bascule which allows it to open for ships to pass. Nothing had ever been made like it before and nothing since. People are always surprised when I tell them the the Tower Bridge is a steel bridge, as the stone cladding is so recognizable.

According to the tour guide, the bridge’s original architect, Horace Jones, wanted to clad the bridge in brick but following his death he was succeeded as architect by John Wolfe-Barry, who decreed the bridge should be clad in stone.

Development:   Photographs show the progress in the construction process, from basic structures to something easily recognisable as the Tower Bridge as we know it today.

Unique:  Many of the 50 sepia prints are in good condition, despite dating back to 1892.   Several are even dated, making it possible to trace the progress in construction.

Although many of the century-old pictures are in a state of disrepair, around 20 are in good condition. Many of the 12 by 10 snaps are dated and clearly show how the bridge was put together over a space of eight years. Memorable scenes include turn-of-the-century laborers taking orders from a site foreman in a bowler hat and a shot if the bridge’s original steam-powered engine room, which could open the bridge in less than a minute. In one poignant picture flags decorate the body of the bridge and a hand-written pencil note reads: Note, flags denote Mr Hunter’s wedding day.

Mr Berthoud said: “My favorite pictures are of the simple, humble guys building the bridge, unaware that what they are making will be so historic. People are used to seeing images of the Empire State Building being built but this is part of British history being created 50 years earlier …”

I love this email!!!! It is sooooo awesome & a special piece of history!!! Pretty freaken awesome right??? 😀 Do stay tuned for my soon to come Tower Bridge photos!!! & don’t forget to visit Cindy’s post here!!!

Have a great day everybody!!! 😀 **

What to do the day after you’ve turned 25…

Of course the answer is simple…

1. Go on a 1day course presented by SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers) about the designing of steel structures according to the SANS code – fun! 😀

2. Ride the Gautrain 🙂

3. Take photographs with your new camera!! – – – of course 😀 – – –

First of all : Thanks for all the birthday wishes & happy thoughts!!! I do appreciate every single one of them!!! 🙂 I am very much looking forward to the year ahead!!

‘Twas soooooo much fun having a small, unnoticed & silent camera today!!! I created 3 mini summaries of the photos I took with my small snapper today!!! 😀 I hope you enjoy them… It covers my day pretty well!!!

My drawing of an infinitely long steel I-section 🙂 ; my red steel textbook; the equations that made my eyes VERY sleepy (who gives you these stuff directly after a huge meal??) 🙂 & the view from my desk!!!

While waiting for the train to arrive at the Midrand Station!!!

My shadow portrait 🙂 and a few pretty flowers!!!

Hope you all had a great day!!! I doubt my day tomorrow will be as much fun as today (reeeeeeally do not want to go and sit in the office tomorrow 😦 )… but at least I had today!!! 😀 Thanks for checking in!!! **

Hoover Dam Bridge Construction

Motivation for my work that lies ahead this week… My dream is to someday be part of such a breathtaking project!!! But for now…

PLEASE NOTE: – – – THESE PHOTOS ARE NOT MY OWN&HAVE IN NO WAY BEEN EDITED BY ME!!! I got these pics via email, thus unknown photographer!!! But… I must say well done!!! Awesome photography… Awesome structure… What’s not to love??

Photographer known!!!!! Thank you so much to http://barkumephotography.wordpress.com/ for informing me of who the photographer for these great photographs were!!! Thank you JAMES STILLINGS (click to follow link to his website – – – Awesome!!!) !!!

Yet another engineering feat!!! Definitely on my list of places to visit!!! Have you been there yet?? 🙂 Beautiful!!!!! **

Builders in the sky!!!

(Source: Personal Email )

Workers build a footpath around the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in China!!

Thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, China, a team of workers, operating with hardly any safety measures, are building a footpath.

The workers are building a plank road on the side of the mountain that, once it is finished, will stretch for 3km (9843 ft) and be China’s longest sightseeing footpath.

48-year-old Yu Ji (above) is one of the workers and he has been working on high cliffs building such plank roads for more than 10 years. He comments: “Young people don’t want this job, as it requires them to stay deep in the mountains for months or even years”

Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project – drilling the holes to set up pipes to support the footpath.
Building a plank road on Shifou Mountain is difficult because the cliff stands vertical at 90 degrees, without any slope or alcoves.

A finished section of the footpath.

Loving it!! 🙂 – – – Hope you did too – – – **

River OVER a river!!! – – – Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany – – –

Water Bridge in Germany.   What a feat!!!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long . . . now this is engineering!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg , near Berlin.
The photo was taken on the day of inauguration . . .To those who appreciate engineering projects, here’s a puzzle for you armchair engineers . . ..  and physicists: Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of  the water!

Why?  A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.

The Elbe-Havel and Mittelland canals had previously met near Magdeburg but on opposite sides of the Elbe. Ships moving between the two had to make a 12-kilometer detour, descending from the Mittelland Canal through the Rothensee boat lift into the Elbe, then sailing downstream on the river, before entering the Elbe-Havel Canal through Niegripp lock. Low water levels in the Elbe often prevented fully laden canal barges from making this crossing, requiring time-consuming off-loading of cargo.

Construction of the water link was started as early as in the 1930s but due to the World War 2 and subsequent division of Germany the work remained suspended till 1997. The aqueduct was finally completed and opened to the public in 2003.

So, I definitely want to visit Germany now!! Got to love engineering!! 😀 **

 

Longest Bridge opens in China… WOW!!!

Being a structural engineer I found this truly spectacular. Couldn’t resist the urge to show you yet another engineering feat — Truly amazing!! Njoy!!! (Source: personal email)

World’s longest sea bridge opens in China… (but don’t think about crossing it on foot, it’s the length of a marathon)

  • At 26.4 miles long, it is five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais

China has opened the world’s longest cross-sea bridge – which stretches five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais.

The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long and links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao.

The road bridge, which is 110ft wide and is the longest of its kind, cost nearly £1billion to build.

A bridge over misty waters: The immense £1billion structure which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars stretches for 24 miles along China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao

Engineering feat: The vast bridge, the largest cross-ocean bridge in the world, cost £960million and took four years to build

Lengthy: The bridge stretches into the distance further than the eye can see and right, the first few cars roll out across the surface

Open road: Drivers pass through the mist as they make some of the first passes over the 110ft wide bridge which is longer than any others of its kind

Don’t keep me hanging: The suspension beams form an imposing sight as the reach through the clouds and look down upon colourful flags marking the bridge’s grand opening

Record breaker: The Qingdao Jiaozhou bay bridge, spanning 26.4 miles between Qingdao and Huangdao, will open for traffic today

Impressive: Testing on the bridge was completed on Monday and it is expected to be opened to traffic for the first time today

A driver’s dream: Twenty-four miles of fresh untouched tarmac stretch from Qingdao to Hungdao

Now how about that? That’s why I love structures!!!