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.
There are people who spend their lives searching for Big Foot or the Lock Ness Monster, but sometimes humans only find legends when they’re not specifically looking for them. Reports have surfaced this week of a construction crew in Altamira, Para in Brazil which has apparently found the largest snake in history on their job site.
Last year, we shared a video of 6 Scottish high rise buildings that were imploded simultaneously, which was one of our favorite demolition videos of 2015. The problem, however, was that only 4 of them actually fell completely, causing delays as crews had to use high reach machinery to complete the job.
The final product of record breaking structures get a lot of publicity, but what the public doesn’t see is the years of hard work that went into breaking that record. Construction workers are the unsung heroes projects, rarely getting the recognition that they deserve. Last week, we showed you the amazing footage of the tallest and longest glass bridge, which is a 1410 foot long (430m) and 984 foot tall (300m) fear inducing tourist attraction in China’s Avatar Mountains.
Chimney stacks once lined many city skylines across America and Europe and became extremely popular during the 1800’s Industrial Revolution, which began the shift from hand made products to machine made. Also known as flue-gas stacks, the chimneys are used as an exhaust method for industrial furnaces, steam boilers, and other similar heat and smoke producers. The concept of the flue-gas stack was developed in the mid-1600s, before the concept expanded some 200 years later.
Construction Junkie’s motto is that it’s not a party unless you gather up 115 of your closest friends and their excavators and wreak some havoc on a bused old highway overpass. Apparently, some people in China know how to party.
Cranes are not only an extremely useful piece of equipment, but they’re also extremely dangerous if something goes wrong. Each year, there are several crane collapses and other crane related accidents that claim lives. Having said that, the last thing contractors need is for adrenaline seekers to start climbing and playing around on their cranes. The problem is, it’s already happening.
3.1 miles of bridge does not equal 3.1 miles of on grade highway. In fact, it’s not even close. In order to build the new New York Bridge, which is replacing the existing Tappan Zee bridge that crosses the Hudson River, 14 miles of main span cables, 50 miles of foundation pilings, 300 thousand cubic yards of concrete, and 220 million pounds of steel are needed to complete the structure. Oh, it’s also going to take another 2 years to build, on top of the 3 they’ve already been working on it.
If positioned the right way, paper is known to give some pretty mean paper cuts, so say to the office tethered thrill seekers of the world. Try to cut wood by running a sheet of paper against it, however, and you’ll end up a mangled piece of paper. But, perhaps we’ve been using paper the wrong way all along. Maybe it’s a metaphor for life, put an object or a person in the wrong situation and get poor results, but put them in the right situation and you’ll reap the rewards.
First, let me formally apologize to our non-American readers for calling the sport Soccer, but, since it is Olympics time, I have to stay loyal to my country. As soccer is the world’s most popular sport, many would argue that no changes need to be made to improve it. Well, a group of people have taken it upon themselves to create a super intense and over-the-top version of the game that I think all of us Construction Junkies will enjoy.