The Bridge Blog A dialog about our new bridge and these web pages
Overview. As a pointy-headed
university professor, my weekend project of bridge photography and
building these web pages generated many questions and introduced me
to just-in-time learning. I enjoy chasing my curiosity and
want to identify ways to encourage younger learners to also enjoy curiosity
chasing and learning.
Learning usually requires repetition while forgetting occurs when
I infrequently use information. Many young learners do not understand
the importance of repetition. Weekly visits to the bridge provided
the repetition necessary to detect changes in the bridge and
many questions and opportunities for learning. Over the course of the
bridge project, I had access to few experts for answering questions.
Rather than a liability, this became an asset and pushed me to improve
my search skills with Google. Soon, I found that answers
to questions encountered during my weekly photo shoots were often
only a Google-search away -
Restoring the Joy in Learning). Consequently Google + Internet became
dependable extensions of my memory.
Yesterday I met Murray Feldman and indirectly Bill Nesteruk and his
company, Specialized Engineered Products Ltd. Bill creates these
modern marvels that transport stuff horizontally (as with the bridge
traveler) as well as vertically (or almost vertically) - i.e. the
bridge elevators. Murray makes them work in the field.
Again, design and engineering of the traveler
and elevators generated for me, a quiet smile.
The traveler, used for cleaning and inspecting the underside of the bridge,
is a necessity. Similarly, the four elevators that travel up and down
the inclined surfaces of the east and west pylons, provide access to the
pylon base, the crossbeam and the top. I experienced these elevators
when I was learning from Freyssinet about building stay cables - but
somehow the issue of traveling up and down an incline where the angle
of the incline changes at the pylon crossbeam never caught my curiosity.