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New Orleans Engineering

I only know one hydrologist, the Right Reverend Ruminator, David B. Thompson. (He’s an associate professor of civil engineering specializing in hydrolics and hydrology at Texas Tech University. In short, he’s paid to know how water works and why.) As such, I anxiously await his opinions regarding the goings-on in New Orleans. On his … ahemblog, he’s published three articles:

New Orleans Engineering, Part I: How do the pumps operate? What physics are involved in moving the water upwards in elevation and out of the city?

New Orleans Engineering, Part II: How do levees work and how were they built?

New Orleans Engineering, Part III: How in the world do you stop a lake in the first place to build a levee and once it’s breached, what means are employed to rebuild it?

I’m hoping for more indepth articles and analysis in the coming weeks (nudge, nudge).


ruminator said:

OK, OK, I get the hint (careful with that sledgehammer!)...

I'll be following the developments in New Orleans and I'm confident the engineering community will be debating the debacle of New Orleans for the next couple of years.

It will be interesting in the textbook sense although it remains horrifying from the human perspective.

Posted on Sep 04, 2005 10:53 AM

ruminator said:

Well, you asked and so I wrote...

Posted on Sep 04, 2005 08:26 PM

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