Quebec Bridge - Beach 1 Quebec Bridge Disaster Walking over...

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Beach 1 Quebec Bridge Disaster Walking over a bridge people often times have the natural tendency of looking down at the sometimes hundreds of feet between them and the ground. A scary thought then pops into their mind. Am I safe all the way up here? Is this structure stable and will it hold me up? Most of the time the answer is yes, I am completely safe and can trust the engineers who designed it, however, there are a few cases in which the bridge couldn’t hold them up. One of those cases is the collapse of the Quebec Bridge in 1907. Many engineers were involved in the project and the ethics and the ethics of those engineers were crucial in the construction and the aftermath of the disaster. The Quebec City Bridge was designed to cross the St. Lawrence River by the Phoenix Bridge Company who contracted Theodore Cooper of New York. The design process was very hard, considering that the 2800 foot bridge need a 1800 single span above 150 feet of water in order to let ships go underneath. By the time Cooper had received the final draft plans, work had already begun.
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course EGR 110 taught by Professor King during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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