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Need a Bridge? Need a Kite. Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge 1848

On November 9, 1847 after quite a contentious competition, an Engineer, described as swift and impetuous, Charles Ellet Jr. of Philadelphia, was awarded the contract to construct a bridge at the chosen site. Ellet, also known to be flamboyant, bold and ambitious, was extremely anxious to be the first man to bridge the Niagara River. …

Colorado Express Lanes 2015-2016 Results and Statistics

The Colorado Department of Transportation has 3 Express Lane corridors now open. Local resistance to these express lanes has all dried up as opponents to the private/public partnership have seen their personal drive times drop significantly. Check out the statistics on how the express lanes are improving travel for all lanes.

Female Lead Engineers on North Metro Rail Line Breaking Barriers, Traditions

Female engineers remain scarce on America’s college campuses and work sites, but at a massive commuter rail project heading north out of Denver, women are running the show. Jane Donovan,  Nicole Harwell, Katrina Rodriguez and  Jennifer Whiteside are lead engineers on the 18.5-mile North Line that in 2018 will link Denver Union Station with Thornton …

Dumb Ways To Die Safety Campaign Partners with RTD

These are just great, and for those that haven’t seen this before, “Dumb Ways to Die” was part of an ad campaign created for a transit agency in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to the video, there is a wildly-popular app of the same name. RTD obtained the rights to this ad campaign and is simply …

40% of Female Engineers Are Leaving the Field – A Study in Why

I’ve seen this article floating around for a while now and I haven’t clicked it until today. I find that there are a lot of articles and studies of this nature floating around and they all say many of the same things – women leave the field because they feel undervalued, because they are harassed, …

Quick Overview of Popular Bridge Types (Part I)

Bridges span all sorts of impediments to roadways, railways, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and even utility lines. The type of bridge chosen depends on the bridge’s necessary span length and proposed function. Oftentimes larger, higher profile bridges are not merely functional, but are also highly aesthetic. Bridges typically shorten the pathway between two points – …

Quick Overview of Popular Bridge Types (Part II)

Truss Bridges A truss is a structure comprised of straight members put together into one or more triangular units. The ends of the straight members are connected at joints detailed such that the straight members are capable of carrying only tension or compression, with no bending whatsoever. A planar truss lies entirely within two-dimensions, whereas …

The Alarming State of Our Nation’s Bridges

1.  Our nation’s bridges are aging, which requires increased resources from Congress so they can be repaired or rebuilt as necessary. The current federal transportation funding bill provides only a portion of the funds necessary for repair and maintenance of bridges. Several states are repairing the existing assets as a priority but it is still …

How to Become a Bridge Engineer

A bridge engineer is someone who helps pedestrians and vehicles crossroads, valleys, rivers, and other obstacles. He or she is a civil engineer who has specialized in bridge design and construction. The bridge engineer is responsible for the inspection and rehabilitation of existing bridges as well as the design of new ones. He or she …

How Much Salary to Expect as a Bridge Engineer?

A bridge engineer conceptualizes, designs, and prepares plans for a variety of different bridge types. The engineer may be active during the construction process as well. Bridge engineers work closely with other engineers – bridge, roadway, and hydraulics, among others – as well as construction site managers. It is the bridge engineer’s responsibility to consider …

The I-35W Was A Bridge Too Far

By James W Smith There are some tragic news stories that reflect weather and nature related catastrophes like the death and destruction due to droughts, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes. There are sad, tragic stories like an accidental drowning, car accidents, and heart attacks. Then there is the story of the collapse of the I-35W bridge …

Top Bridges in the World – A Triumph of Infrastructure Engineering

By Dominic Donaldson Bridges are a incredible asset to the engineering world, they have influenced the development of cultures, surroundings, and lives throughout different countries. A bridge makes a large part of famous skylines in the world, it is almost impossible to imagine San Francisco without the Golden Gate Bridge, or Manhattan without Brooklyn Bridge. Structures …