Eiffel Tower Analysis

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Critical engineering review FIAP 271 Assignment 1 Eiffel Tower Completed by: SD Bergh 24957267 Tel. 082 383 0939 16 March 2015 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 1886 Alexander Gustave Eiffel was contracted to build an almost 1000 feet high tower for the In International Exhibition of Paris, because he won a design competition. He only had a limited amount of time and resources. He did his homework well so that the structure will not be affected by the sun, the wind or any other natural resource. He struggled a bit with problem at the foundation of the tower’s alignment, as well as the transportation from floor to floor because there was only limited technology at that time. Gustave had to design the beams perfectly so that it could resist the…show more content…
3. PROBLEM STATEMENT The statement was made that a monument must be designed and built by the time of 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution be a World’s Fair. It was open for any random architect to design such a monument for a competition witch was announced by the then Minister for Trade. There were a few specifications for the design that must have been followed. The tower by that time should be designed to be the tallest man made structure in the world. It must symbolise the French Revolution and must stand for no less than 20 years. The tower had to be able to supply radio signals for Paris, wherefore it is still used today (Frampton, 1985). 4. SOLUTIONS FORMULATION The solutions formulated for the Eiffel Tower is the original design that was developed to the final design to construct the well-designed structure. At the end they created an amount of more than 5000 mechanical drawings that represented the different parts of the…show more content…
RECOURSES UTILISED The construction of the Eiffel Tower began on the 28th of January 1887 when they began to build the foundation of the tower. When the foundation was finished the already finished iron from the factory was delivered and the construction of the legs of the tower began. Eiffel was an expert on materials and how materials behave in different circumstances. He found that puddling iron has these material behaviours to make the design and the construction last. Construction went on for more than two years to build the spectacular man made structure. The Eiffel Tower as commonly known today was finally done and opened for the public on the 6th of May 1889. After witch there was still work to do with the lift, because people had to walk for more than an hour to reach the top of the tower. One of the great accomplishments that Gustave Eiffel got right on construction was that he was extremely aware of safety for the on-site workers. In the time of construction there was only one person that died, which is a shame but also shows us that his safety was professional. To have just one person die in more than two years of construction is a very good statistic (Damien, 1991). 7. ROLE OF CHIEF

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