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ICE Manual of Bridge Engineering reviewed By Richard Fish

The second edition of the ICE Manual of Bridge Engineering, edited by Gerard Parke and Nigel Hewson, contains the original information from the version published in 2000, as well as additional updates throughout.

New subjects such as bridge dynamics, inspection and assessment and polymer based construction materials are covered. There are new chapters on footbridges, bearings and aluminium structures as well as an expansion into bridge management themes including inspection, assessment and maintenance.

Each chapter starts with its own contents box and is very well illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs. The layout is excellent and, almost without exception, the figures and the relevant text are on the same page.

It must be recognised that a book of this type, aimed at a wide audience, risks being accused of being both superficial to the expert and over complex to the graduate.

In terms of breadth, however, it is difficult to identify any aspect of bridge engineering which has not been covered by the manual.

With over 700 pages of text, it is doubtful whether the book will ever be read from cover to cover but, as a point of reference for engineers at all stages of their careers, it is invaluable and should be part of any consultant’s or university’s technical library.

  • Richard Fish was project manager for the Tamar Bridge

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