Cantilever truss bridge
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Railroad (railway) bridge
Quebec, Capitale-Nationale, Quebec, Canada
Pont de Québec (1919)
|Coordinates:||46° 44' 46.00" N 71° 17' 16.00" W|
|main span||549 m|
Buckling is noticed in some plates near the tower base. Theodore Cooper orders a halt of construction which never reaches the site.
|29 August 1907, 15:00||
After examining reports about buckling problems during construction of the bridge, Theodore Cooper sends a telegram to John Deans, chief engineer of the Phoenix Bridge Company on site. The telegram orders Deans to halt all works until the phenomenon has been studied in detail. Deans ignores it.
|29 August 1907, 17:15||
The bridge collapses 15 minutes before end of the working day. 85 workers crash into the waters, only 11 survive.
Relevant Web Sites
- Tests of Nickel Steel Riveted Joints. Details and Results of Tests Made for the Board of Engineers, Quebec Bridge. In: Der Eisenbau, v. 1, n. 10 (October 1910), pp. 382-395.
- Fixing the Blame. Organizational Culture and the Quebec Bridge Collapse. In: Technology and Culture, v. 45, n. 3 (July 2004), pp. 487-518. (2004):
- D'une rive à l'autre / Brücken dieser Welt (7). Le pont du Québec / Die Québec-Brücke. television documentary, arte, ZDF.
- Brücken, die die Welt verbinden. Prestel, Munich (Germany), pp. 84-85. (2002):
- Bridges that Changed the World. Prestel, Munich (Germany), pp. 84-85. (2002):
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