You know the classic excuse that “the dog ate your homework,” but it sounds as though that old saying is getting a bit of an update. Move over, Pizza Rat, the next big thing is “Blueprint Mice.”
Like many bridges and other infrastructure throughout the world, the underground concrete tunnels of Brussels, the Capital of Belgium, are crumbling. There are currently roughly 7.1 miles of tunnels in the city and lawmakers are currently working on a plan to repair the damage. The only problem is, they can’t find the original plans to repair the damage that were created almost 30 years ago, in 1989. The city is blaming the tunnel mice for feasting on them.
Peculiarly, the department that handled roads for the city didn’t have an office back when the original plans were completed, so they just stored the plans under the viaduct that connected the Liege motorway and the boulevard Reyes. In 2009, twenty years later, when the department finally sent someone to look for the plans, they were nowhere to be found and their only explanation is that they were eaten.
The residents of Brussels are not pleased with the department, because they are feeling the wrath of the traffic jams caused by the lack of available tunnels. Without those old plans, officials think the renovation project will delayed for a long time. Total project costs to fully repair all of the tunnels are estimated to be North of $1.12 billion (€1 billion).
I guess this is just one more reason to start moving to electronic construction documents. Laptops and tablets probably don’t digest as smoothly as delicious paper.
Well, you can probably add this to the list of things you’d never expect to see on a construction site or really anywhere, for that matter. A blimp, sporting the adhesive company Bostik Inc.’s logo, was forced to make an emergency landing as it deflated onto a Philadelphia jobsite last Friday. Luckily neither of the two people inside the blimps cabin reported any injuries after the landing.
Not all construction sites are that impressive to look at, but that’s certainly not the case on many jobsites in the skyscraper ridden city of Chicago. Tight sites like the one in the video offer plenty of new challenges with regards to deliveries, storage, and a plethora of other items, so it’s always interesting to see how companies successfully complete jobs like those.
The world’s infrastructure is crumbling, so we’re seeing a rise in bridges that need to be replaced. That’s good news for the companies that build those bridges and for those of us that enjoy a good demolition video. People have certainly gotten more creative with how these demolitions are filmed and this latest video your about to see gives you the ability to see the same demolition from 4 different angles and in different speeds.
Demolition videos are fun to watch (we obviously love them at Construction Junkie), so there are plenty of people willing to film them as well. Getting the perfect angle is key and many are now using drones to get a bird’s eye view of implosions. The videographer below wasn’t so lucky when he chose his spot, as a bus pulled right in front of his camera as soon as a 24-story building in Scotland was about to collapse.
Well, it seems like no car is safe around a construction site these days. In recent videos we’ve shared, we’ve seen two cars get destroyed for blocking a construction exit by an angry wheel loader operator and another car destroyed by a falling wall of a building being demolished. Today, there’s this video of a skid steer operator picking up a legally parked SUV and moving it out of the way, for some reason.
We’ve recently learned that parking your car where it blocks a construction entrance can get your car smashed into a pancake, but now it appears that merely parking next to a construction site can do the same.
Heavy construction machinery is not supposed to fall over, but when they do, it causes a lot of damage. The video below, shared by LiveLeak, shows a concrete mix truck falling off of an under construction ramp roughly 15 feet above. It’s believed to be the video originates in Thailand, but we’re not able to confirm that.
There have been plenty of demolition failures in history, no matter how easy strapping a bunch of explosives to an empty building may seem. This demolition might just break the record for delayed collapse, however.
It certainly has not been a good month for front end wheel loader operators. First, there was this video of two cars getting crushed for blocking a construction exit and then there was this crazy video of six wheel loaders getting into a street fight. To top it off, everyone keeps calling the wheel loaders in the videos bulldozers!
Well, it’s a tough time to be a heavy equipment operator in China, apparently. Last week, we posted a video that shows a wheel loader operator crushes two cars for getting in his way. Now, it’s wheel loader versus wheel loader in the most intense machinery fight I’ve ever seen.