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Unformatted text preview: bridge needs to resist wind, earthquakes, and time. Bridges have to be flexible and light, but at the same time they have to be strong enough to support the weight of cars and trucks. Buildings are challenged by nature with earthquakes and wind as well. One may think to make a building last you just need to make it very strong and rigid, but that is not true. If you make a building too rigid, whenever a earthquake comes the building will collapse. A building must be able to bend when the earthquake is shaking the building. All of these challenges make engineers use creativity, intelligence, and technology. I believe these challenges are the hottest topic in civil engineering because it is where engineers can prove their amazing minds. But the most beautiful part of engineering is not only overcoming nature’s challenges, but overcoming them in harmony with nature. It’s making buildings fit in the nature’s picture....
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course HIST 1301 taught by Professor Gonzales during the Spring '11 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.
- Spring '11