Use the Google Search box to locate specific segments of the
Ravenel Bridge building story.
Archives of the bridge photos, channel gap and approaches
Why these web pages happened
Being a curious bioengineer and university
professor, I have passion for enabling others to enjoy
learning and problem solving. Internet-centric learning is a major
addition to our box of enabling tools.
Examples include newer community sites
such as Flickr which enable learning about
photography. Other community sites such as the
Participatory Culture Foundation
Conversate are appearing which
facilitate locating and interacting with other like-minded individuals.
On June 12, 2005, Gene
Stead, 97 years of age, quietly died while sleeping. Gene was Chairman
of Medicine at Duke from 1947 - 1967 and was my first boss. But he was more
than a chairman. He paid great attention to individuals, whether
faculty, students or patients, and worked at
enabling them to reach beyond their grasp. He understood that problems
could rarely be solved by technology alone and demonstrated over and over
again that success often rides on resolving personal and cultural issues.
Several years ago, my son, Josh, and I visited Gene for the weekend. Gene
was frustrated by the difficulties in maintaining communication with younger
people. We talked about the Internet, about Google, about what to learn
and how to avoid the forgetting curve. We shared our frustration that
many younger people have lost their curiosity and wrote a short paper about
restoring the joy in learning and about
learning and forgetting. Together, we built his
web site as a tool for exploring
Internet-centric learning and addressing issues of curiosity and
forgetting. These pages are a continuation of
our explorations in learning, sharing and igniting curiosity among young
learners. Here I am using the construction sequence of the new Cooper River
Bridge as the learning theme.
High Steel at work - drilling and reaming the center edge girders (January 26, 2005). The reason for these web pages is Bill
Mankin, Chief Fabrication Planner for High Steel. Bill found my web pages
and asked if I could take some photos of the drilling of the splice plate.
Since I was an outsider, I had no access to the building site. So Bill
suggested I contact PBC which I did. This led to meeting Marvin Tallent, who
became my construction professor. Marvin arranged for some safety training,
a hard hat, safety vest and words of caution. Then when Marvin thought
something interesting was going to happen, he notified me, we met and
so the inside view for an outsider happened. Through Marvin, I met
Wade Watson and Peo Halversson - both were extremely supportive of my
outsider's view of inside the construction world. So Hats off to Bill
for finding a back door that opened a new world for this academic professor.