CBC - Nipigon River Bridge fails. And just like that, you can no longer drive across Canada.
Ontario heralded the opening of the westbound portion of new Nipigon River Bridge – the province's first cable-stayed bridge – in late November.Wow, it didn't even make it through its first winter. I wonder who designed it?
Canadian Consulting Engineer - first cable-stayed bridge in Ontario starts construction. Quote:
The engineering design for the bridge is by McCormick Rankin Corporation of Mississauga, in conjunction with Buckland & Taylor of Vancouver, who have designed cable-stayed bridges around the world.So was it McCormick Rankin who fucked up? If B&T "have designed cable-stayed bridges around the world", then it certainly wasn't their fuckup, and if MMMRC had to carry them as a sub it must mean that MMMRC have no clue how to design a cable-stayed bridge on their own.
Bot Construction has the $106-million contract to build it and Hatch Mott MacDonald is doing construction contract administration services. The bridge will be built in two stages.
I really hate the "we have zero relevant internal expertise but we can be the project managers and bring in subs to do the real work" scam. Partly because I was nearly the only relevant internal expertise at my company for years. There's an arrogance to upper management in engineering companies, which is dangerous when combined with a lack of shame when things fuck up.
Or did Bot cut corners on something, and Hatch signed off on it? Hatch doesn't seem to me like a company that countenances contractor bullshit, though I could be wrong.