American Society of Civil Engineers

Successful Launch

by Ahmad Khashan, P.E., (Principal Structural Engineer and a Project Manager, Parsons, GA.), Robert Gale, P.E., P.Eng., (Structural Engineer, KWH Constructors and Somerset Engineering, British Columbia.), Paul Hopkins, (Civil Engineer, Flatiron Construction Corporation in Longmont, Colorado.), and Greg Orsolini, (Vice President and Senior Project Manager, Parsons.)

Civil Engineering—ASCE
, Vol. 78, No. 8, August 2008, pp. 70-77

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: Constructing a curved steel bridge high above a canyon floor presents a unique set of conundrums, including how to elevate the girders high enough without inducing warping and how to protect them from strong and unpredictable wind gusts. In British Columbia, a public-private partnership of design and construction professionals resolved these issues for a bridge above Kicking Horse Canyon by choosing a girder launching system that had not previously been attempted on a bridge of that magnitude anywhere in North America.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Steel bridges