Doctoral Student Weighs the Cost, Structure of a Famous Ship (the Ark)

Posted by Chris Parker
Nov 22 2006

© The Whistle, Georgia Tech 

by Tyler Burns


Jose F. Solis, a doctoral candidate in the College of Architecture, novice shipbuilder and designer, pondered this question: Will it float or not?

His assignment as part of his qualifying written final exam was to build a model of Noah’s ark.

This meant producing the necessary elements, including drawings, dimensions, assumptions, specifications for materials, a construction contract for work, an estimate and a final bid price. A wooden ship of this size that met all physical laws was uncharted territory, yet his allotted time was forty hours. 

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