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.
The 2005 Map of Le Tour de France: A one year anniversary of close encounters with bridge builders:
Almost a year ago (July 21, 2004),
David Wurtz gave me my first bridge building seminar on the
platform of the
west span. As part of our seminar we made a visit to one of
the cable construction stations in
the interior of the west pylon which is how I discovered Freyssinet.
Later Olivier Forget, the leader of the international
Freyssinet team, as well as
Eduardo, Cyril, Jose, Pavil, Bruno, Philiu and Niko joined our seminar and helped me
to understand the design, construction and testing of stay cables.
Now, a year later, the Tour de France has just started and I am
remembering the excitement of my first visit to the main span. Wade,
Peo, Marvin, Brian, Lori, Wilbur, Derik and many many others gave
these pages a bit of life. Thanks to all of them!