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Civil Engineering Exam Question on the Reinforcement of Existing Bridges

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Question: A bridge is constructed out of a non-composite concrete slab laid over steel girders. The bridge has historical significance in the town, but does not meet current standards for the weight that can be borne. What do you do?

Civil Engineer's Answer: Connect the slab to the steel girders to permit development of composite action. This can be accomplished economically through the use of post-installed shear connectors.

xkcd's Answer: Use the Python command: "import bridgereinforcement"

Politician's Answer: Declare the bridge a historical landmark, name it after me, and don't let trucks use it.

Construction Lobbyist's Answer: The only safe thing is to demolish the existing bridge and construct a newer, more expensive one in its place.

Politician's Answer: The only safe thing is to demolish the existing bridge and construct a newer, more expensive one in its place.

Tea Partier's Answer: Cut taxes on corporations and eliminate all bridge regulations. The free market will sort it all out.

Evolutionary Biologist's Answer: Create a whole bunch of bridges like the current bridge, but with slight variations. Drive cars over them until all but one collapse. Repeat.

Computer Scientist's Answer: Use genetic algorithms to do whatever the Evolutionary Biologist said, but faster.

Computer Engineer's Answer: Come back in eighteen months. By that time, cars should be half their current size.

Fundamentalist Preacher's Answer: Wait until the bridge collapses, then blame it on gay marriage.

Homeopath's Answer: Push little matchbox cars back and forth over the bridge. It will develop a natural tolerance for regular cars.

Uploaded by darwin6 at 11:06 on 02 May

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