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All you need to know about bridges

Review: ICE Manual of Bridge Engineering Edited by Gerard Parke and Nigel Hewson

This is the second edition of this comprehensive and now well-established manual which contains all of the original information in the version published in 2000 as well as additional updates throughout.

New subject areas have been incorporated covering subjects such as bridge dynamics, inspection and assessment, and new polymer based construction materials.

There are also new chapters on the specific topics of footbridges, bearings and aluminium structures as well as an expansion into bridge management themes of inspection, assessment and maintenance.

Harmonised diversity

With some 40 well-known international contributors from all sectors of the bridge engineering profession, it should not be unexpected that there will be some slight differences in style between chapters, but the editors have done an excellent job in harmonising the format and presentation.

Each chapter starts with its own contents box and is very well illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs, the latter albeit only in back and white. The layout is excellent and, almost without exception, the figures and the relevant text are always on the same page, making life easier for the reader.

Many chapters also include bending moment or shear force diagrams and mathematical equations but, again, these are also very clear and easy to follow. Each chapter also carries its own list of references as well as suggestions for further reading for those who need to investigate a particular subject in more depth.

  • Richard Fish, ICE Fellow and project manager for the awardwinning Tamar Suspension Bridge

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