Designing a bridge takes great engineering skills and attention to detail. Every component of the bridge design process is significant and greatly affects the rest of the project. Clearly, learning how to design a bridge can seem like an overwhelming process with lots to figure out.
However, U.S. Bridged developed a tool to simplify bridge design, even if you’ve never designed a bridge. It’s Bridge Scope, our exclusive virtual design tool to design a bridge.
Bridge Scope makes it easy to customize your bridge to the specifications you need, down to the last detail.
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How to Design a Bridge
When it comes to bridge design there are many components to consider. Where is the location of the bridge? Will there be heavy traffic and commercial trucks? Or is the location in a rural area?
The environment and the purpose of the bridge will determine the type of materials and style of the bridge. In addition to the type and shape, the design of the deck and railing are important as well.
Engineers need to consider the weather and other environmental factors that contribute to corrosion. It may be difficult to choose the right materials and design that works best for your project without making a big dent in your budget. That’s why it’s important to build with a trusted company that will create a bridge that fits your needs.
Through the combination of our experience and knowledge, we’ve created a simple and time-efficient way for you to design your bridge: Bridge Scope.
Bridge Scope: A Bridge Design Tool
Our exclusive Bridge Scope tool allows you to design your bridge in just a few simple steps.
How to use Bridge Scope
- Select a bridge type from the drop-down menu. Then select a bridge-style that best fits your project. Each bridge type has specific styles available. For example, the styles available for truss bridges are Cambridge, Cambridge flat, Viking, and Seneca bridge.
- Next, choose the deck material. The material of the deck is dependent on the bridge type.
- Select the bridge railing. Decide if you require an independent rail attached to the deck or a W-Beam guide rail attached to the truss.
- Lastly, input the span length and width of your bridge project. Additionally, you can select a corrosion protective plan and pick a live load.
Shortly after submitting, you will receive a detailed PDF packet of your project’s design and specifications. You can then contact U.S. Bridge to proceed forward with your bridge and make any adjustments desired.
It’s as simple as that. In under five minutes, users will have created their preliminary bridge design with a trusted steel bridge builder.
Building with U.S. Bridge
Our team of engineering experts has been building bridges for decades. U.S. Bridge has completed more than 10,000 bridge projects and has experience working in more than 50 countries. Our team of engineering experts has been building bridges for decades of many different styles and designs.
All of our bridge designs are custom made for each client and their specific project. To find out more about our experienced team and excellent bridges, please contact U.S. Bridge today.