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Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2013

The most celebrated Confederate general of the American Civil War (1861-1865), Robert Edward Lee, was and remains a bigger-than-life historic figure. Nicknamed the 'Marble Man,' the tall lean Virginian came to be even more revered among Southerners after his surrender to superior Union Army forces than he had been during the war Lee was the one soldier in whom most of the higher officers of the Army of the Potomac had complete, undiluted admiration. Among the many achievements of that remarkable man, nothing is much more striking than his ability to dominant the minds of the men who were fighting against him. On July 1, 1825, an eager, serious-minded 18-year-old Virginian entered the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, with plans of studying science and engineering. Entering the academy the same year as Lee was his academic equal, a New Yorker, two years his senior, Charles Mason.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2011

Conde Balcom McCullough, one of America's greatest bridge engineers, made possible Oregon Coast Highway in mid-1930's amid the Great Depression. McCullough's other achievements include hundreds of gracefully arched spans that established Oregon's blue highways as being one of the nation's most recognized highway systems of all time. McCullough's accomplishments as Oregon's bridge engineer made him the BPR's logical choice to design and build several challenging bridges for the Inter-American Highway. The American Institute of Steel Construction named McCullough's John McLoughlin Bridge over the Clackamas River its most meritorious structure of 1933, and in 1934 McCullough was granted an honorary doctor of engineering degree from OSU. After World War II, the BPR asked McCullough to return to Central America to continue work on the Inter-American Highway.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2010

Leonardo da Vinci was an expert in engineering and his extensive study of all the natural sciences greatly added to his significance as an exceptional painter and sculptor. His in-depth writings and many inventions put him well ahead of his time in mathematics, geometry, optics, mechanics, geology, hydraulics, engineering, technology, and architecture. His paintings, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are ranked among the most famous and widely recognized works of art in the world. He made diversified countless inventions including flying machines, gliders, helicopters, parachutes, street lighting systems and city planning advances. His collection of manuscripts, which were apparently meant to be a great encyclopedia of knowledge, contained everything from the movement of the water and the study of light to the analysis of building structures and the mechanics of flight. The only major bridge structure ever built in October 2001 using his engineering plans was the Leonardo Bridge in Norway.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2010

Two bright, pioneering Iowa farm girls who have earned civil engineering degrees from Iowa State University (ISU) are Elmina who received a master's degree (MSCE) and her younger sister Alda who was awarded a bachelor's degree (BSCE). Elmina become an engineer due to her interest in mathematics and surveying, while Alda was committed to pursuing an education in engineering. In 1903 and 1904, Elmina took an year's break from her duties at ISU so that she and Alda could travel to Europe to study noteworthy architecture and engineering works. In 1916, Elmina and Alda, as a team, prepared the architectural and engineering drawings for the Teachers Cottage or Helmich House at the Arrowmont Arts and Crafts School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Elmina was also the more prolific writer, producing numerous articles and papers dealing with the modernization of rural home designs and improvement of sanitation conditions on farms.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2011

New York structural engineer Homer 'H. G.' Balcom designed several tall buildings that include Empire State Building, which was completed in just 13 months from start to finish for construction. Balcom advanced numerous innovative design concepts that made very tall buildings stable and safe when exposed to extremely large lateral forces. Balcom was also expert at designing unique foundations that eliminated vibrations in all types of building structures. Many of the creative methods he advanced regarding design standards, engineering techniques, and construction procedures remain applicable today. Balcom also used framing systems that not only spanned railroad lines but also dealt with track vibrations and handled unstable foundation conditions. He also used a number of different types of independent foundation systems, large vibration-absorbing footing mats, and unique adjustable separators between buildings and traffic-carrying structures to insulate above-the-ground building frame-works from vibrations and stresses.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2013

William Palmer was considered the main founder of narrow-gauge railroads in North America. He was considered the Father of Narrow-Gauge Railroads in the United States, creator of the Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) railroad system, founder of Colorado Springs, and cofounder of Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I), Colorado's largest employer for many years. Some of his other major contributions were the introduction of coal in place of wood as the fuel of choice for railroad steam engines in the Western Hemisphere. He was the leading civil?railroad engineer to get such lines planned, designed, and built. He developed several unique methods and equipment to perform these tasks and achieve the objectives. His ingenuity allowed impossible routes to be constructed for his D&RG railroad, carved through solid granite and completed mostly on time.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2012

Joachim Gotsche Giaver is known as the champion of the Structural Engineer Registration Laws. His major effort in designing the Statue of Liberty, USA, involved design computations, detailed fabrication and construction drawings, and the overseeing of construction. In completing his work for the statue's metal frame, Giaver made use of the drawings and sketches produced by the famous French structural engineer Gustave Eiffel. Among Giaver's most noteworthy White City buildings were the Exposition's Administrative Building and the Palace of Fine Arts. For its dome, Giaver designed a unique three-hinge arch that at that time was the largest truss of its kind in the world, having a span of 368 ft. Giaver was the leader of the engineers who secured the passage of a bill by the Illinois state legislature that allowed structural engineers to practice their profession on equal terms with the architects. The new Illinois structural engineering registration laws made it possible for building plans to be lawfully approved if they bore the signature of a licensed engineer.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2011

The contributions of William J. Wilgus in designing and constructing the Grand Central Terminal in New York are discussed. The Grand Central Terminal was completed after undergouing construction for a period of 13 years. The magnificent complex became the city's most important transportation hub, linking long distance and commuter trains to New York's network of subways, elevated trains, and streetcars. William J. Wilgus also made significant contributions in several significant advancements in the rail transport sector in the US. He was involved in the construction of the two-story-deep underground rail yard and an intricate maze of underground structural systems. These above-the-terminal structures helped offset and finance the immense construction cost of the complex by using 'air rights' leasing concepts.


Weingardt R.G.,Richard Weingardt Consultants Inc.
Leadership and Management in Engineering | Year: 2012

David Wayne Fowler is internationally renowned as one of the foremost authorities on superhigh-strength concrete. Fowler became well known for his advancements in the body of knowledge concerning the use of manufactured sands in concrete and his contributions dealing with the repair of concrete. He began with civil engineering as his major, but knowing that he really wanted to work with buildings, he soon switched to architectural engineering. While Fowler was working on his master's, and later when he began teaching, he worked for several engineering consultants designing railroad bridges and miscellaneous building structures framed in wood, steel, and concrete. In addition to concrete polymer materials research and application, Fowler developed several leading edge methods for repairing and treating flaws and defects in concrete like spalling, honeycombing, and potholes by using both regular and polymer concrete.

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