Drones Can Improve Bridge Inspections

Bridges: A History of the World’s Most Spectacular Spans, By Judith Dupre. New York City: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2017.

Replacing a Landmark
In replacing the historic Greenfield Bridge, which links the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Greenfield to Schenley Park, the bridge’s designers were challenged to re-create a landmark structure while minimizing...

Updating History
A beloved 1921 Parker truss bridge in Healdsburg, California, underwent an extensive rehabilitation and seismic retrofit so that the community could continue to use the historic crossing....

Robotic Rebar-Tying System Uses Artificial Intelligence
A robotic rebar-tying system that uses artificial intelligence on bridge construction projects has been successfully tested in Pennsylvania....

A Good Cause for a Causeway: How Geotechnology and Project Delivery Restored a Roadway Embankment Crossing a Historically Challenging Soft Ground Site
As part of a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) design-build project, a causeway was constructed in 2017 to replace an aging bridge in the southwest metropolitan area of Minneapolis. The causeway...

Fast Forward: Not So Fast
Part amphitheater, part bridge, this crossing has space for everyone from book readers to automobile drivers....

Access Granted
In southeastern Pennsylvania, CSX Transportation sought to increase the productivity of its Trenton Line freight rail service by improving the vertical clearance of its tracks so that it could operate...

The House That LEGO Built
Designed to resemble giant LEGO bricks stacked on top of one another, the LEGO House is an instantly iconic new building in Billund, Denmark. The 12,300 sq m facility houses multiple attractions and features...

Fast Forward: One Small Step
A concept design for an inflatable habitat on Mars incorporates indigenous ice as a structural element and a shield to protect occupants from galactic cosmic radiation....

Design of the Future Mexico City Airport: Attaining Resilience in Soft Ground
The Lake Texcoco region to the east of Mexico City is famed for its deep lacustrine deposits of compressible clay, which amplify ground shaking during seismic events. The area is also gradually subsiding...

Timber Rising
Ever-taller buildings made from engineered wood are being proposed and constructed around the world. To meet that demand, designers are being tasked with learning about the new capabilities, attributes,...

Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, By Erica Wagner. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2017

Next Step: Observe, Teach, and Keep Learning
Norman Quach, P.E., S.E., is a senior bridge engineer at T.Y. Lin International in San Francisco. His advice to younger engineers is to never stop learning....

Engineer Wins First Round with Design/Builder, But the Fight Continues
A design/builder sued its engineer for inaccurate estimated quantities on a highway project. It’s a good reminder that designers working on projects should always read and understand their contracts....

Inexpensive, Portable, Nondestructive Equipment Tests Bridge Capacity
A research team at Rutgers University has developed cost-effective, portable, nondestructive equipment to test bridge capacity....

Carving out A Legacy
Once a grain silo complex consisting of a working house and storage annex for the processing of grain and other products, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the Silo Hotel are the products...

First Person: Lucky Horseshoe
A $798-million Dallas highway project improved traffic flow into and out of the city’s downtown. The new “Horseshoe” interchange corrected the traffic bottlenecks and safety concerns of the original design...

Ready, Set, Launch
The replacement of a Warren through-truss bridge with a new structure similar in appearance over a very busy, 23-track rail yard in Minneapolis required prefabrication of steel trusses and an innovative...

The Virginia Difference
Designed in-house by the Virginia Department of Transportation, the recently completed Route 340 South Fork Bridge, in Front Royal, replaces an existing structure that dated to the early 1940s. The longest...

 

 

 

 

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