USA, China, India,Pakistan. Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is totally maxed out after 93 years of service. (Popular Mechinics Feb 07) It took about 70,000 people to build it back then. This time they (about 7,000 people) are giving it an overdue upgrade. The design is obsolete, as far as the largest container ships traveling the globe today. They are wider and longer than the existing locks. Trains and trucks are overwhelmingly used to traverse the Continental USA from the Atlantic to Pacific ocean shores, because of this problem. Think Diesel fuel, and exhaust, 'lots of it'. Sorry truck drivers.
The 'Engineers', who else? Are going to build a new modern parallel system that will allow the largest container ships to pass through Panama. My first thought was where is the water going to come from to operate it? "No Problem Mon". The 'Engineers' have devised a system of water recycling and storage facilities along the route. The old gates swung on hinges like house doors. The new gates are going to roll into pockets and be paired for redundancy. Maintenance can be done on one, while the other is holding back the water. Now aren't those 'Engineers' smart? Did you know the 'daily' cost of operation for one ship is about $40,000. They do not like to wait in line a week for a 'slot'. They actually bid to get to the front of the line. BP bid about a quarter of a million 'extra' to 'Jump' the line last August, setting a record. Several others did as well. About 14,000 vessels a year pass through the 'locks'. One of my links is to 'global cameras'. You can watch them go through some time when you are bored.
The 'Engineers' of 100 years ago did a fantastic job. The Wright Brothers were still learning to fly and the Titanic was not even on the drawing boards. I am wondering how many 'Engineers' from the USA will be on this latest project? I would venture to say, not as many as from other countries with indoor toilets. Our Universities are going to have to change 'drastically' to keep up with this 'Brave New World' as Aldus Huxley, referred to these times. I believe that our 'Old Universities' are like the old canal, "Maxed Out" with professional, as well as an over-abundancy of 'tenured' amateur, Political Scientists. It's time for change. When the hundreds of thousands of our fantastic "Can Do" troops return from 'Civilization building', where none seemed to exist, They will take over our Educational as well as Political system. They have seen 'Disfunction' and will know how to deal with it in the USA. God Bless the future Generation.