IT to Support Bridge Collapse Investigation

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will use a video of the collapse of the Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis, Minn., and a computer model of the bridge to help determine what possibly caused the bridge to collapse. A "Federal Highway Administration employee had produced an exact computer-software model of the I-35W bridge when he was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota," according to a Seattle Times article. "The model will be used in a failure-analysis study to map out every edge and surface of the 1,900-foot structure, with the goal of pinpointing what went wrong, officials said."