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The state of the world's decaying dams, bridges, roads, etc

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Is this concerning to our infrastructure?

22:07 UTC


Building Collapse

On vacation (family chose the location), and it appears we are staying in an older high rise condo building on the beach (Myrtle). Looks like a somewhat similar structure as the one that collapsed in Miami (and on the 3 year anniversary...). How safe are these structures in general, and should I be concerned? I took a stroll through the parking garage with the structural beams and don't see anything obviously bad. But I'm going to spend this week in a panic now.

23:10 UTC


I just want to brag a little. First job fully designed by me was built and I just got the arial picture of it.

21:02 UTC


Time to remove Manhattan congestion toll infrastructure!

Who else would love to see the congestion pricing equipment that was blind sidedly added into Manhattan, removed and sent to the salvage yard where it belongs!

18:37 UTC


Why is a DDI better than just having multiple on off ramps in the direction of traffic?

My city just put in a diverging diamond interchange explaining it's safer not having cars cross traffic to enter or exit the interstate. My question is this, I've seen plenty of on/off ramps with an East and West exit, and on ramp where the one side just loops around so it's on the correct side of traffic. Is the diverging diamond just a matter of it takes up less space, and some locations don't have the real estate free for the on/off ramps looping around?

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22:58 UTC


Why might you choose a severless architecture for your tech set up?

Why might you choose a serverless architecture for your tech setup? Or on the other hand, what would make you not choose one? A few of the pros and cons we noticed are here, but we'd love to hear others' thoughts: https://www.getambassador.io/blog/is-serverless-architecture-right-for-youothers'

19:28 UTC


Minimum radius for an interchange ramp?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but hear me out.

I am currently working on some mods for Cities: Skylines and Transport Fever 2, and wanted to make a stack interchange and roundabout exit which are at a manageable size for trucks pulling 16.15 meter-long trailers to make a turn, while being compact enough to allow for other things to build around. Any thoughts?

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03:48 UTC


What works best for shade structures (in hot climates)?

As we're planning a backyard renovation to be ready by July at the latest, I'm looking to build a new patio area. The thing is, I live in a very hot and dry area where the sun is pretty intense most of the year. This has made me think about installing a shade structure to make the backyard more comfortable for everyone.

I've been reading about different types of shades and how they are designed to protect against UV rays and reduce the temperature. The best article on this that I found was about shades for playgrounds specifically - https://cunninghamrec.com/articles/2024/3/selecting-playground-shade-structures-for-different-climates/. But I'm sure most of it is true for any other structure, too.

Anyway, they use materials that don't just block the sun but also allow air to circulate to keep the area underneath cooler. So, I'm wondering if the same principles apply when choosing shades for a proper patio? I need something that minimizes heat absorption and maximizes air circulation, obviously, and my wife and I really hope to make my backyard a nicer place to relax and entertain our guests.

So, if anyone has advice on what materials or types of shade structures work best in extremely hot climates - I'm looking for something durable that can handle the heat without getting damaged or fading quickly - we'd really appreciate your help!

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11:03 UTC


The Cities With the Best and Worst Bridge Quality in the U.S.

A new study shows a comprehensive overview of the cities with the best and worst bridge conditions across the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Here's an overview:

  • Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, had the largest share of bridges in poor condition, at 37.7% and 22.2%, respectively
  • 6 major cities in Texas (Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, and Forth Worth) were in the top 10 for best bridge conditions. 
  • Mesa, Arizona was #1 on the list with 0 of their 235 bridges in poor condition.
  • 4.7% of all bridges in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. have at least one condition that makes them poorly rated.

Considering how frequently these bridges are used daily across the U.S., it is quite concerning how many of them are in bad shape! More funding needs to be allocated to these cities with poor-quality bridges ASAP or several catastrophes will likely result. Let's keep our bridges safe!

18:13 UTC


Exploring an Abandoned Music School

20:51 UTC


what to do after everything failed - Plan Z

I am scared with the current state of affairs where heads of states call one another - - - and pretending nuclear confrontation is not a big deal.
I wonder if there is a plan B. For example are there plans or manuals on how to revive civilization if escalation goes that far? Governments have some contingency plans for cases when they may have problems in some areas. But do they also have plans/manuals for the case when there is no more governments?

19:59 UTC


Climate Change: Adapting to Drought. A webinar series discussing the Nexus between Science and Engineering. Join us on March 21, 2024 @ 11am PST. Register here: https://www.same.org/event/climate-change-adapting-to-drought/

17:06 UTC


Are these cracks normal in a 1.5-2 year old road? It’s about 20F outside.

Is this normal aging for a 1.5 - 2 year old road? The photo with the fall leaves is from November 2023.


I was told these are relief cracks but these are all within 12-18 yards of rather. There is not cracking like this anywhere else.

Should I be concerned?

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21:56 UTC


Lost in Time, Exploring an Abandoned Rail Depot

19:29 UTC

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