2005/06/14

When engineering safety factors go horribly wrong...

Take (1) very large bulldozer.
Take (1) much larger weedwacker.
Take (3) seconds of distraction and you get...


Specs:
  • The mover stands 311 feet tall and 705 feet long.
  • It weighs over 45,500 tons
  • Cost $100 million to build
  • Took 5 years to design and manufacture
  • 5 years to assemble.
  • Requires 5 people to operate it.
  • The Bucket Wheel is over 70 feet in diameter with 20 buckets, each of which can hold over 530 cubic feet of material.
  • A 6-foot man can stand up inside one of the buckets.
  • It moves on 12 crawlers (each is 12 feet wide, 8' high and 46 feet long).
  • There are 8 crawlers in front and 4 in back.
  • It has a maximum speed of 1 mile in 3 hours (1/3 mile/hour).
  • It can remove over 76,455 cubic meters each day.
    (100,000 large dump trucks at 40yds. each)

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