2010
08.13

Yosemite Tour

The last day that we spent near Yosemite was on the Glacier Point tour and I took lots of pictures. Here are my best ones.

2010
08.13

Sequoias

One of the days that we were near Yosemite, we drove up to Mariposa Grove to see the giant redwood trees.

2010
08.13

Road Trip Day Two

The second day of travelling we drove over the Tioga Pass through the mountains

2010
08.13

The City Centre

On the plane over I watched a documentary called build it bigger, about the Las Vegas CityCenter Development and it is quite frankly a phenomenal development.
Sitting on a 30 acre plot in the centre of las Vegas, the development contains 5 luxury hotels and apartments including the Aria hotel and casino which has over 4,000 rooms. And, because there are apartments/condominiums the development, which would have normally been built in phases, had to be built at the same time so people who were living in their apartments were not looking out onto a building site. This then posed a challenge for the contractors as to build the Aria, 5 tower cranes were erected and all overlapped and required careful planning so that loads would not collide in flight and threaten to bring down the cranes.
There were other challenges to the development as well. Due to the proximity of the airport the FAA has put a height limit of 650ft. The standard hotel layout is as a Y shape with the lifts in the centre but with the heigh limit the only way of increasing the number of rooms would be to increase the lenth of the wings and in a country that rarely walks it would be a sure fire way to annoy guests. The architects then came up with an iconic way of increasing the number of rooms beget added an extra wing an moulded an X shape into 2 mirrored interlocking C shaped. This meant that the Aria can comfortably hold over 4,000 rooms
The Veer towers are also an incredible feat of engineering. Leaning 4.63 degrees to the north and also to the west, this added a number of complications to the extremely tight building schedule. The tight schedule required one floor to be added each week and as a result engineers designed a new concrete that would set quickly in the desert heat but the quick setting would not induce any cracks that would weaken the structure.
Hopefully taking Civil Engineering next year I had to go and have a look and here are the pics grouped by subject

The Aria

The Veer Towers

The Mandarin Oriental

The Vdara

The Harmon

2010
08.13

Last Day in Vegas

Here are the photos our last day in Vegas

2010
08.13

Billinge Lump

Went to billinge lump to see if we could see any meteors but it was cloudy so we didn’t but I did take some pics.