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    Delftse Poort

    In itself not that interesting, but the interesting thing about this one is that there was and is a subway tunnel right below it and of course the subway had to continue service during construction. With our Dutch soil the building did sink into the ground a bit (8 cm/3 inches), which is normal for about everything here, but the subway tunnel could of course not sink (subways don't like 8cm steps in the rails), so they came up with a solution to add brackets to the tunnel (about 100 in total) that they bolted onto the sides. There were jacks between those brackets and the new steel foundation so when the building would sink they could jack up the subway tunnel so that would stay at the same level.

    It was finished in 1991 and was back then the tallest building in Holland

    I remember watching a video about the construction of this building when I was still in school and of course that one is on YouTube. Some cool footage of very early CAD and 1 or 2 jobsite safety issues as well, not to mention EVERYBODY with a sigaret in their mouth



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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
    Definitely, not gonna stand right in front of it for sure

    Another thought: what the heck happens during a seismic event? Do you not have earthquakes there??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Jones View Post
    Another thought: what the heck happens during a seismic event? Do you not have earthquakes there??
    Nope (well a few small ones in the north of the country, because we took out to much natural gas and now stuff is settling with a bit of a rumble sometimes)

    No earthquakes, no tornado's or hurricanes nothing really scary. Only thing we have is a lot of water (we are below sea level for the most part), but being Dutch we handled that

    Might need to post some of the measures we have taken to keep the water out, some of those are very impressive.

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    Technically not Rotterdam, but as I mentioned in my previous post these are a large part in why Rotterdam is still there.

    A short intro:

    The Netherlands are for a large part below sea level and we have always build dikes to keep out feet dry (there is even a famous story about a kid pitting his finger in the dike to keep the water out). This usually went pretty well, with an occasional flood. But in 1953 due to a combination of circumstances a large part of The Netherlands was flooded and that gave the government the incentive to start a huge project to protect The Netherlands from water.

    They called it the Deltaplan and among other things it consisted of a number of dams to close off large bodies of water along the coast.

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    There were of course all sorts of issues, one of which was the port of Rotterdam, that was the biggest port in the world that that was on one of the rivers that they wanted to close but also environmental problems with closing of pieces of water completely which would turn them from salt into fresh water for example. This resulted in structures that could be closed if needed but were open most of the time for water and ships to get trough

    It took until 1997 for all the plans to be completed and we are a much safer country because of that. But the Dutch will always be battling water.

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    One of the last 2 that was finished is the Maeslantkering, near Rotterdam in 1997. I remember while studying construction we had a fieldtrip to the construction site and it is HUGE. Except for testing it is open all the time and is controlled by a computer that calculates water height etc. to decide when it should close. They chose not to let humans do that because they were afraid that somebody that lives in Rotterdam might close it to soon to protect his home and cause all sorts of economical issues. As far as I could find it has closed down just 2 times since 1997 due to storm and high water conditions.

    How it works:
    The large curved 'walls' are filled with water and sit there waiting to close. Once it needs to close the water is pumped out and the arms start floating. They are then swiveled out onto the water to the closed location and pumped full of water again so they sink into place closing off the river

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    on google maps:https://www.google.com/maps/place/51...04!4d4.1630967

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