Why Engineering Projects are so Expensive

Time and Time again, we often hear about and see news about various projects that are getting taken on … often with outrageous price tags attached to them. Most of the time, the price tag is mentioned merely as a footnote to the project or touted as the headline about how grand the project actually is.

At the more local level, a 6.4km stretch of road comes in at a hefty $156 Million (AUD) … $24 Million per kilometre. When we get to other or more exotic projects, the costs are just as impressive.

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The Nuclear Fusion Fantasy

At the bottom of 2022 there was a key piece of news that probably went overlooked by many … the National Ignition Facility [NIF][1] in California achieved one of the biggest scientific milestones to date … the ignition condition for nuclear fusion.

So, what is ignition?

Ignition is defined as the state where the nuclear reaction becomes self-sustaining – also the point where the reaction produces more power than it takes to get going … the Q>1 state. [2]

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