Father of Collapsed Florida Bridge was Obama ‘Champion of Change’ in 2015

canadafreepress.com | 3/16/2018 | Judi McLeod
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Celebrated leading visionary bridge engineer Atorod Azizinamini, whose ABC (Accelerated Bridge Construction) technology was used to build the bridge that collapsed yesterday on Florida International University’s campus, was named an Obama era Department of Transportation ‘Champion of Change’ in 2015.

The event in which Azizinamini was awarded ‘Champion of Change’ status was webcast live at whitehouse.gov/live, no longer online.

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Much will be made in coming days that FIGG Bridge Group designed the bridge and that it was constructed by MCM Construction, in the aftermath of the bridge’s collapse.

But it was Azizinamini bridge technology all the way:

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“The bridge, hailed as an engineering marvel, slammed to the ground around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and immediately trapped at least eight vehicles, authorities said.

“Ten injured in the collapse were transported to Kendall Medical and labeled as level-one trauma patients, Dr. Mark McKenney, the hospital’s program director, said on Thursday. They ranged in age from 20 to 50. Eight others were admitted with broken bones, bruises and abrasions. Additional patients may have been admitted to other facilities.

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“The NTSB is planning to investigate the collapse and plans to deploy a team of 15 specialists that includes engineering, material-science and survival-factor experts.”

They’ll have to dig deep down into the concrete to get at the truth.

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“Ironically, it’s a project for safety” that was constructed after a student died last year crossing that intersection, Rubio said during an evening press conference.”

But Rubio would certainly have been aware that the collapsed Florida International University Bridge was designed and built using a technique the university has been promoting for the last eight years.

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“The idea took root at FIU in 2010, when the university hosted a meeting of bridge engineering professionals. FIU provided $50,000 in seed funding for the Center for Accelerated Bridge Construction, which launched in 2011. It started conducting monthly webinars on...
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