Monday, March 23, 2009

Ingeniørarbejde ... Engineering

Jeg tror at ingeniørarbejde er FORBLØFFENDE. Det minder mig om hvor utrolig den mennesklige hjerne er! Sommetider glemmer vi hvor meget af verden er afhængig på hjernerne af ingeniører. Tak gud at de kan se alle mulighederne og altid spørger spørgsmålet "Hvad hvis?"

I believe engineering is an AMAZING thing. It reminds me of how incredible the human brain is! I think that sometimes we forget how much of our world is dependent on the brains of engineers. Thank goodness that they are always seeing possibilities and asking the question of "what if?"

I Danmark har vi ingeniørarbejde mirakler overalt men en er mest forbløffende til mig--broen.
Især 2 broer--Øresund og Storebælt. Hver er unik men begge to har den samme grund--at forbinde.

In Denmark we have engineering miracles all around us but one is extra amazing to me--the bridge; especially 2 particular bridges--Oresund and Storebaelt. Each is unique but both serve the same purpose--to connect.

Øresund bro forbinder Danmark og Sverige og er den længste bro imellem at forbinde to lande og broen er for biler og toget. Det blev færdig i 1999 da Danmarks Kronprins Frederik mødte Sveriges Kronprinsess Victoria i midten for at fejre dens færdiggørelse. Du kan læse mere HER.

Oresund Bridge connects Denmark and Sweden and is the longest "border crossing bridge" in the world and is for cars and the train. It was completed in 1999 when Denmark´s Crown Prince Frederik met Sweden´s Crown Princess Victoria in the middle to celebrate its completion. You can read more about it HERE.

Mads, Jess og jeg kørte over Øresund 3 uger siden (for at indkøb hos IKEA!) og jeg sad i bilen i forbløffelse så vi kørte OVER vanden og UNDER vanden.

Mads, Jess and I drove over Oresund 3 weeks ago (to shop at IKEA!) and I sat in the car in amazement as we drove OVER the water and UNDER the water.



Storebælt er den trejde længste hængebro i verden og det forbinder Sjælland (ø hvor København ligger) og Fyn (ø imellem Sjælland og Jylland). Den første gang at jeg kørte over Storebælt Bro, kunne jeg ikke tro hvor høj det var (254 metres)! Før Storebælt var bygget, tog danskerne færgerne frem og tilbage tværs Storebælt så en køretur fra Herning til København var MEGET længere end de tre timer det tager nu. Du kan læse mere om Storebælt Bro HER.

Storebaelt Bridge is the third longest suspension bridge in the world and it connects the islands of Zealand (where Copenhagen is) and Funen (the large island between Zealand and Jutland). The first time I drove across Storebaelt Bridge, I could not believe how high it was (833 feet--almost 3 football fields above the water)! Before Storebælt was built, the Danes took the ferries back and forth across "the Great belt" so a trip from Herning to Copenhagen took MUCH longer than the three hours it takes now. You can read more about Storebaelt Bridge HERE.


Jeg har kørte over Storebælt mange gange siden min første gang men få uger siden havde jeg en ny oplevelse! Jeg kørte over i toget.... del af tiden var i tunnelen og del var ud, ved siden bilerne! Husk---bilerne kan køre op til 130km/timer... og efter du ser videoen at jeg lavet fra toget, vil du indse at toget kørte mere hurtigt! Det var fuldstændig forbløffende at opleve!

Since that first time, I have driven across Storebaelt many other times, but a few weeks ago, I had a new experience. I drove over in the train... part of the time in the tunnel and part of the time out, alongside the cars! Remember--cars can drive up to 80 mph...and once you see the video I made from the train, you will realize that the train is driving faster! It was completely amazing to experience!



videoJeg er meget taknemmelig at vi har mennesker i verden som altid spørge "HVAD HVIS?"

I am so thankful that we have people in the world who are continually asking "WHAT IF?"

8 comments:

SH said...

I've seen SO MANY of those Dirty Jobs/How It's Made/ Modern Marvels programs about bridges and the incredible amount of work it takes to maintain them that I'm continually in awe and fascinated by them. Just keeping the light bulbs changed and keeping the bridge painted is enough for many people to have full-time jobs JUST doing those things... incredible!!

Cindy DG said...

Thanks for visiting my site! :) Those bridges are amazing! Yes, thank goodness for those engineers that ask "what if?"

My husband is visiting Denmark on business this week :)

Cindy
http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

journeyinfinite said...

Engineers have creativity AND math-iness with a healthy dose of logic! Brilliant!

LadyFi said...

I love those two bridges! I hope to go across Öresunds Bridge one day...

Amy said...

It never ceases to amaze me how the Scandinavians deal with connecting each other with their amazing nature as you write- the bridges are amazing. If you ever get the chance go to Møre and Romsdal county in Norway- between Molde and Kristiansund- take the Atlantershavveien which is a combination of several bridges which connect several islands and gives the island of Averøy a connection to the mainland for those who don't want to take ferries and such.
I also love the public transportation system in Scandinavia. Trains are so nice to ride on!!!
Have a super day!!

Anonymous said...

The highest point of the Storbæltsbro (Great Belt Bridge) reaches 254 m above sea level.
Only a couple braodcasting masts are higher than this in Denmark.
Denmark's highest natural point only reaches 170 m above sea level.

Caution Flag said...

You were absolutely flying in that video! Oh, to have the option of taking the train...

Anonymous said...

Today the Danish parliment made the final decision to build a 20km long bridge across the Fehmarnbelt between Puttgarden, Germany and Rødbyhavn, Denmark.
The bridge is planned to open in 2018.
http://www.fehmarnlink.com/uk

Fehmarnbelt link
Germany and Denmark agree that a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt should comprise a double track railway line and a four-lane motorway between Puttgarden and Rødbyhavn. A cable-stayed bridge is the preferred technical solution.

Map http://www.fehmarnlink.com/uk/Home/Timetable/Timetable?img=mapB