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“MFB Design Brief” by Shum et al [2009] – Conclusion

Posted on: June 6, 2009

1        Conclusion

In this assessment, the team felt that they effectively incorporated into the EWB Project various modern civil engineering techniques, as well as careful environmental consideration.  The team also felt a level of passion for ethical action and social responsibility more than ever because of the project.

Furthermore, it was rather interesting to consider the different constraints on the engineering team because of the Tonle Sap context.  Although the team was initially non-skeptical about an American perspective to a Cambodia solution, they soon understood what really was required was a multicultural, multitalented, and multi-technological solution.

As the Cambodian economy grows, so will the specifications of the MFB.  As outlined previously, there is already some discussion on improvements of a possible second-generation MFB that uses even more lightweight material to increase buoyancy (thus load), as well as strength of material (thus product lifetime).

The MFB truly believes one person (or team) can change the world, and we hope the one which changes Cambodia, is the Modular Floating Bridge.

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