Engineering Pron

Aww, maaan…
There are sooo many good slide-rule calculation problems, here


UPDATE: not, repeat, not a controlled demolition.
Nature beat ‘em to it
Gravity, you’re still the best.
Now I need a shower

12 Comments!

  1. Posted December 5, 2020 at 9:10 am |

    Gravity. It’s the law.

    Seriously, was this a controlled demo, or did it just finally decide to crash?

  2. Stuart
    Posted December 5, 2020 at 10:46 am |

    This was not a “collapse” – it was a demolition, complete with handy drone coverage.

  3. Posted December 5, 2020 at 11:22 am |

    ^Stuart…

    That’s what I thought, but I couldn’t tell from the voice-over.

    Thanks.

  4. DougM ☞ Browncoat ☜
    Posted December 5, 2020 at 1:33 pm |

    All ^
    Nope, not a controlled demolition.
    They were planning to demolish it, but corrosion/wear/age/fatigue? and gravity beat ‘em to it

    It’s clear from the drone footage that the failure of a few wires in one main cable precipitated the string of failures that followed (see: dominoes and single-point failure).
    That’s why it’s engineering pron to me; everything that happens is delightfully clear and understandable and ultimately satisfying

    It is all as the old Gypsy slide-rule predicted

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 5, 2020 at 2:48 pm |

    I’m seeing the jackal test his remote control gun.
    Where is this demolition?

  6. DougM ☞ Browncoat ☜
    Posted December 6, 2020 at 12:09 am |

    dick ^
    The cable parting that precipitated this?
    Yeah, now, that… that was a good shot

  7. TheBigHarry
    Posted December 6, 2020 at 8:12 am |

    Metal fatigue, pay it attention or witness it’s wrath.

  8. Posted December 6, 2020 at 8:58 am |

    ^Doug,
    So, basically, they took a good look, said “Let’s get outta here!”, and then waited?

  9. OldFert
    Posted December 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm |

    What happened to the the maintenance funding? Someone get a new sailboat? Or is this just an example of third-world maintenance?

  10. Dave
    Posted December 6, 2020 at 7:25 pm |

    I worked for a mechanical engineer for a few years. Tons of stories. One of the most incredible people I have been honored to know.
    Two of the things he impressed on me were “Water doesn’t flow uphill” and “Friction, Inertia and Gravity”

  11. Paul Clark Moore
    Posted December 7, 2020 at 4:57 pm |

    So- is an engineer somewhere moving to another country under an assumed name?

  12. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm |

    ^…is an engineer somewhere moving to another country under an assumed name?
    No, but some maintenance manager is. Maybe a politician or two also.