Structural Moving’s impressive and practical ‘State-of-the-Art’, is matched, sadly, by society’s (peoples’) state of assumptions and limitations regarding the technical capabilities.
Unfortunately, this limits society’s ability to both comprehend the ‘issues’ and our responses to them.
CDS Building Movers provides a particularly insightful example – for it’s social ‘assumptions’ as well as real technical capabilities. The ’special project’ featured on their website involved the moving of five historic buildings from the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (1992).
This is a valuable learning resource.
Firstly, as the title states: ‘They said it couldn’t be done’. That is the common refrain. Most people don’t know what is possible, technically. Structural Moving is simply ‘off the radar’ of the general population. It is assumed that structures must remain ‘in place’, or be demolished … the thought of lifting/moving is, sadly, beyond peoples’ comprehension.
Even in this example at Queen’s University … where were the academic engineers and architects when it was assumed that the buildings must be demolished? Here, a university of ‘higher education’ is unable to determine the capabilities and possibilities – isn’t that (partly) what the education system exists for?
Yet, of course it ‘could be done’. It is possible to lift/move large heavy structures – as I’ve written about in previous articles, we’ve been capable of such technical marvels for ages. It ‘could’ve been done’ thousands of years ago. Aren’t the wonders of human technical capabilities a part of Queen’s University history courses?