Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Besides all the knowledge and experience, we also need inspiration to motivate our spirit and drive us forward. When it comes to inspiration, I would like to introduce you to one of the greatest inspirations for me: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). The most genius structural designer, engineer, and project manager in heavy construction. The most intense man in the business. He smoked 40 cigars per day and slept 4 hours per day. His designs were years ahead of their time.
Fig. 1. Brunel posing before giant chains for launching of SS Great Eastern.
You can read more about this gentleman in Wikipedia or browse with Google. You can also watch the BBC Documentary video: Seven Wonders of the Industrial World: The Great Eastern, which follows the construction of SS Great Eastern and final days of Brunel. Trust me, this man really kicks ass. Below are pictures of some of his remarkable works.
Fig. 2. The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge.
Fig. 3. The Royal Albert Bridge.
Fig. 4. SS Great Eastern shortly before her launch in 1858.
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