Who Should Design Bridges?

by Richard Heinen, Partner; Sanbar Group, New York, Munich, London,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 7, Pg. 63-65

Document Type: Feature article


For many years Design-Build-Proposals have been common practice in Europe (except in the UK). Structures in these countries are 20% more economical than similar projects in the U. S., after engineering cost. Recent developments in the U. S. show a trend to alternative designs. Value engineering proposals are becoming accepted in recent years and current practice even allows contractors to make proposals on their own designs. The European experience shows that more economical projects and a larger variety of structures as far aesthetics, safety and impact on the environment is concerned, will result. There are many obstacles in present U. S. procedures to this system, but the possible gains should help promote the acceptance of this system in this country.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Economic factors | Value engineering | Structural safety | Design/Build | Construction costs | Contractors and subcontractors | Aesthetics | Europe

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