The World Radio Transcript_Oct 19 2011

The World Radio Transcript_Oct 19 2011 - Economy Calling...

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Economy Calling China: Help Build Our Bridges By Jason Margolis October 19, 2011 Post a comment View from atop the Bay Bridge contruction site (Photo: Bay Bridge Public Information Office) Audio: Play | Download For a civil engineer, there are few better views than a park bench by the water’s edge facing San Francisco. “We can sit here in this little park in Emeryville and look at two of the most magnificent bridges in the world,” said William Ibbs, professor of construction management at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s talking about the Golden Gate Bridge and the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. It’s under construction and set to open in 2013. “I think it’s is going to be a memorable project, and something that generations of people are going to look at. There’s going to be a single tower that goes almost 700 feet in the air, and then it’s draped with some cables that have a very elegant catenary effect.” That tower, along with parts of the deck, have been fabricated more than 6,000 miles away in China. They’ve been shipped piece by piece to the port of Oakland. Ibbs says doing it this way makes a lot of sense. “Today’s engineers need to be more than a technician. They need to be a manager. So you’re concerned about what you’re building, and how much it’s going to cost, and how long it’s going to take. I think it’s unfortunate that the economics are such that we find it difficult, we in the
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