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The Types of Bridges

the main types of bridges with details

Bridges are essential when it comes to passing all kind of gaps/spans for civil engineers so the types of bridges as well. When we have discussed any kind and any types of bridges there can be complications especially with the less experienced civil engineers, even I had confusions in the past, moreover if English is not your native language it can be more confusing. These days I am preparing some documentation about my professional engineering career and I have found these drawings. They are showing clearly the types of the bridges in the simplest way.

The drawing above shows the 4 main types of bridges, even LOADs, SUPPORT and COMPRESSION Points.

The 4 Main Types of Bridges:

  1. Beam Bridges: This type of bridges are mostly chosen also cost effective based on the performance. Can be built in different spans based on the design. Especially chosen for the ease of construction.
  2. Truss Bridges: You will remember them from the western movies, the railroad bridges … 🙂 But be careful about the maintenance part.
  3.  Arch Bridges: Visually my favourite but the foundations need to be firm. Commonly used in the old world by the Roman Empire especially for water transportation, I have seen marvellous stone arch bridges.
  4. Suspension Bridges: If you have to pass long spans this is the type you are going to use but not cost friendly as beam bridges.

The drawing below shows more detailed bridges like floating bridges, bascule bridges and etc.

My main purpose is to make a small base for engineers looking for types of the bridges, at least having an idea about them.

We can use more detailed drawings and bridges but my aim is to keep the list as simple and less confusing as it can be.

The List of Bridges

How to Build Speed Humps

Speed Hump construction

I should admit that I am a bit obsessed with speed humps, especially as a civil engineer how to build speed humps which I see a lot of speed humps which are just built without any projection nor calculation; some too short, some too high and some with so short intervals that I saw three speed humps built side by side which you feel you are on the off road and etc.; But in total making me annoying.

So I tried to gather various sources together and prepare a reference; here is how to build speed humps by specifications and standards; Read More

Engineering in the Ancient World

Engineering in the Ancient World Book Cover1Lets talk about the ancient world and especially “Engineering in the Ancient World” through a book named as same as the topic which I have read recently which have enlightened me about some topics especially hydraulic engineering.

Especially the topic “Water supplies and engineering” was my favorite as it answered many questions in my mind about engineering in ancient times. For example the explanation of how they bored water tunnels from different locations and connecting each nearly without any Read More

Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics

London Olympic Stadium

Olympic Games 2012 – London ended yesterday after the closing ceremony. There were many discussions on medals, countries, etc.

But another issue was the engineering highlights from the London Olympics and of course the civil engineering side of the games; Phases through design, plan & built, how they will manage, what is the plans after all.

I noticed an article on the “Scientific American” web site that tries to summarize London Olympic Games Buildings. As they mentioned within the slideshow, I want to repeat the question; “hosting the Olympic Games changes a city–even a metropolis as big and ancient as London”
My answer is yes it will change for London.

Finally, as a citizen of a long runner Olympic Games Host Nominee country we should have our lessons learned from London Olympics on our behalf. About 10 years ago we built an Olympic Stadium in Istanbul – Turkey but as a result of many mistakes(engineering[wind control], location, transportation, etc.) it is still idle after some disappointing efforts.

For A Tour of Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics [Slide Show] please click here. http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=tour-engineering-highlights-london-olympics

Civil Engineer Career Path

Most of the new graduates have the same question in their mind about their career path as a civil engineer; “Which way is the best for my career “and of course “how I can plan my career path”.

On my side there are a lot of ways and branches for creating or determining your path also former step will affect your next step and “what is your goal”. The two main discussions are also engaging with each other.

As an example if you want to go on with the Academic career you should make strong grades and of course GPA. Your grades will affect universities decision for Masters or PhD as well as scores of GRE (for US) or ALES (for Turkey), etc.

Some days ago I have noticed that American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Career Development created a book or brochure about career paths in Civil Engineering which has classified on the sectors as Government, Education, consulting, Industry and Construction, like a career path guide for civil engineers

Here, seek out the career path that best fits your goals and will be most satisfying to you. Read More