The "dangling crane" that partially collapsed nearly 1,000 ft over Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy was caused by a worker who unintentionally tied down the rig and kept it from weather-vaning—or freely rotating—according to a forensic engineer who investigated the accident.
Related Links: HUD's Sandy Rebuilding Strategy ENR Superstorm Sandy Special Report Citing a crucial need for a coordinated approach to resilient rebuilding in Hurricane Sandy-affected areas, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the creation of a HUD-led regional forum to "understand interdependencies and interconnections." Construction industry leaders agree that, if anyone can provide the mortar between disparate constituencies in Sandy-affected areas, it is Donovan."An effective and charismatic convener such as Secretary Donovan knows how to get people to the table," says Rick Bell, executive director of AIA New York (AIANY). "Too often, New York
ENR pointed its spotlight on some of the nation's most troubled infrastructure throughout 2012 with its ongoing Critical Infrastructure series, which chronicled how engineers are grappling with some of the biggest infrastructure challenges in a generation.
Superstorm Sandy has been the media star of the past month. But the documentary mission of New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority videographer J.P. Chan is to highlight Sandy's responders at the agency—those crews pumping out water, checking signal systems and bringing transit back to a dependent city as quickly as possible.
Nearly three weeks after Superstorm Sandy hit the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut coastline with an unprecedented combination of wind and storm surge, public-private teams have largely dealt with power outages and flood emergencies and now are turning their attention to damage in infrastructure and to longer-term restoration, debris cleanup, structural assessments and housing for the thousands who were displaced.