What Happened When Engineers Forgot The Earth Was Round

Mick West

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An amusing anecdote about forgetting the curvature of the Earth. In 2 Miles the pipe would drop 32 inches, and have a "bulge" in the middle of 8 inches. It also shows the difference between "level" (following the curve of the earth), and "straight", or "flat".

http://www.nmt.edu/news/all-news/516-2013/4971-meet-dr-stirling-colgate-iconic-tech-president
Are there other examples of engineers forgetting to factor in the curve of the Earth?
 

Poseidon

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An amusing anecdote about forgetting the curvature of the Earth. In 2 Miles the pipe would drop 32 inches, and have a "bulge" in the middle of 8 inches. It also shows the difference between "level" (following the curve of the earth), and "straight", or "flat".

http://www.nmt.edu/news/all-news/516-2013/4971-meet-dr-stirling-colgate-iconic-tech-president
Are there other examples of engineers forgetting to factor in the curve of the Earth?
Very interesting, thanks.
 

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