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Bridges : their engineering and planning

Author: George C Lee; Ernest Sternberg
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Whether you are a student considering a career in civil engineering and transportation planning, a public official interested in the future of infrastructure, or a person who simply cares about bridges, this book offers an accessible and illustrated introduction to the most beloved feature of our built environment. Learn about engineering basics: the forces that bridges must resist to stay aloft and the principles  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George C Lee; Ernest Sternberg
ISBN: 9781438455259 1438455259 9781438455266 1438455267
OCLC Number: 878667498
Description: xiv, 166 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface and acknowledgments --
Deciding about bridges. Crossing the bridge before we get there --
Counting our bridges --
Bridge engineering. Understanding stresses and strains --
Bridge types and sites --
Making strong bridges : dealing with uncertainty --
Resisting extreme events --
Bridge planning. Is it worth it? : costs, benefits, and tough decisions --
Traffic across the bridge --
The bridge in the environment --
Delivering the bridge --
Conclusion. A bridge across a millennium.
Responsibility: George C. Lee and Ernest Sternberg ; Illustrated by David C. Pierro.

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Whether you are a student considering a career in civil engineering and transportation planning, a public official interested in the future of infrastructure, or a person who simply cares about bridges, this book offers an accessible and illustrated introduction to the most beloved feature of our built environment. Learn about engineering basics: the forces that bridges must resist to stay aloft and the principles by which engineers decide which types of bridges make sense at which sites. Find out how engineers protect bridges from their greatest threats--the earthquakes, floods, and other hazards that can cause catastrophic damage. Moving from engineering to planning, learn how we decide whether a bridge is worth building in the first place, learn about controversial features of cost-benefit analysis, and about the transportation models by which planners forecast bridge effects on traffic patterns. Investigate a sometimes intractable problem: why a project often creeps along for a decade or more to get from initial studies to the day the ribbon is cut, undergoing vast cost escalations. Also explore the environmental impact of bridges, and the meaning of a "sustainable bridge," and whether bridges could once again be built, like ancient Roman ones, to last a thousand years.--Back cover.

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