Cloontykilla Castle Update

I visited Cloontykilla Castle recently and was gutted to see its current condition.  The castle has been exposed to the elements now for over 5 years. All the new construction within the castle has degraded dramatically. The heavy duty timber joists have swelled and bowed. The steel protective coatings have been breached and are starting to show signs of corrosion. The flat roof covering has given up the fight and is allowing water to penetrate at will through  the seams.

Of course though, the original structure is still a fortress to the elements. It’s still standing tall, proud and robust and most likely laughing at all the modern day construction technology crumbling around it.

World’s Highest Bridge

The Beipanjiang Bridge, in mountainous southwestern China, soars 565 metres above Nizhu River Canyon.

As such it overtakes the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world’s highest bridget.

The 1,341-metre span is expected to open to traffic at the end of this year and will cut road trips from Liupanshui in Guizhou to Xuanwei in neighbouring Yunnan province from around five hours to less than 2 hours.

Several of the world’s highest bridges are in China, although the world’s tallest bridge — measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground — remains France’s Millau viaduct at 343 metres tall.

Dungarvan Primary Care Centre

In the Dungarvan Primary Care Centre, we have just modelled a continuously spanning concrete Slab.  The Slab which has an internal span of 8.5m has been designed at a depth of 225mm. Using the old code and standard software, you would expect this Slab to be approximately 300mm thick. This is a welcomed demonstration of the power of Finite Element Analysis.