Friday, July 31, 2009

Reflections on Alan Davenport

Dr. Ahsan Kareem, recipient of the Davenport Medal from the International Association for Wind Engineering, reflects on the impact that Prof. Davenport had, and continues to have, on his career and that of future researchers.

A Tribute to Avant Garde of Wind Engineering by Ahsan Kareem

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alan Davenport

For those of you who may not know, Prof. Davenport passed away last week. He was a prominent, defining figure in both the wind engineering community and the engineering community as a whole, and will certainly be missed.

The New York Times has a very good write-up of achievements, honors and contributions to the filed.

NYTimes: Alan G. Davenport, Noted Wind Engineer...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Time lapse video of a bridge

Here is a YouTube video of the Manhattan bridge, spanning several hours, showing it's structural performance.

The bridge was built in 1909 (wikipedia entry). The subway tracks are placed on the outside lanes of the lower level.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sears Tower's glass ledge

The iconic Sears Tower, in Chicago, has a new feature. Jutting out from the 103rd floor is a new, enclosed glass ledge. It gives an unobstructed view to the ground from 1,353 ft. above. Given the discussion about glass damage, it's only fair to acknowledge some of the interesting uses of glass!

Sears Tower's new 'Ledge' offers visitors far-out views - Chicago Sun Times