Stuck in Seattle




Stuck in Seattle 

“STUCK,” read the headline of the Seattle Times on December 10, 2013. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine came to a standstill about 50 feet beneath Seattle’s downtown. The giant rig, known as Big Bertha, ground to a halt 1,019 feet into her chartered […]

India & China


A nation’s successful coordination of investments in infrastructure produce powerful results. In the early 1980s China and India were on equal economic footing notes the World Bank. Deng Xiao Ping, the leader of Communist China at the time, launched a peaceful revolution towards prosperity. His efforts […]

Build Bridges Not Bombs

President Eisenhower, early in his presidency preached, “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.”


Driverless Cars vs. Horseless Carriages

Crescent City, California: 12:14:13: Cannot help but to think of cars when in California. People here worship them new and old. The road here: magnificent.
The future of the American road depends on innovating firms like Tesla in order to reinvent the road and how we use it. America’s road infrastructure […]


photo Headline news here in Seattle this morning.

Dire States tour arrived in Seattle to news that the dream machine called Big Bertha is stuck 60 feet below Seattle’s downtown. Tunneling is mysterious. Geotechnical challenges lurk in the unseen. Drilling boring samples is expensive. On The Big […]

Farmer’s Broken Chain

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA School bus turning around unable to cross Bridge No. 1950102 in Dekalb, IL.

The collapse of bridge 1950102, a bridge without a name, in Dekalb, Illinois happened suddenly. “A guy in a small pick-up truck, one of the Donnelley’s from local, had just crossed it, […]



Inspirational is the impact one man had on the world. Thank you for inspiring us Nelson Mandela. God bless you.


Infrastructure Sister


I like Rachel Maddow. Perhaps because she looks like my sister Meg. But, it is her tenacious stand on infrastructure that draws me. Clearly she gives a dam about infrastructure.

Rachel has a PhD in politics from Oxford. She has realistic take on how difficult a political pivot […]