27 November 2010

Bridges news roundup

Working on the Peace Bridge like ‘sculpting a piece of art’, say tradesmen
Calatrava's Calgary bridge delayed (again) until June 2011. The Calgary Herald blames the delay on problems with the quality of the welding. The contractor "admits the job is simply bigger than some imagined", whatever that means. It's not the designer's fault.

IStructE Structural Awards 2010
These were announced a little while ago now, but I haven't mentioned them previously. Bridges featured in the awards included Stonecutters Bridge, which received the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, as well as the Award for Transportation Structures. The Forth Road Bridge Main Cable Project won a David Alsop Sustainability Award Commendation. the Award for Pedestrian Bridges went to Bristol's Meads Reach Bridge, with the Forthside Bridge commended.

Collection of Variable Depth Footbridges
The Spanish blog Frame and Form has posted some great pictures of Mario Guisasola's footbridges, none of which I'd seen before, and all of which are well worth a look for their unusual approach to girder geometry. See also the second part.

Opponents accused of 'wrecking' tactics as Connect2 bridge design approved
Bland £2.6m arched footbridge design favoured to span River Tay in Perth, Scotland. Quite why the arch is cheaper to build than a suspension bridge (an option that seems never to have been properly offered to the public), I'm not too sure.

1 comment:

Sergio Carratala said...

Once again, congratulations for this blog. It has become a world wide bridge reference. From Frame and Form we want to thank you for spreading our posts about a series of variable depth footbridges.

PS. Frame and Form is thought in Spanish and translated into English, sorry for any poor translation.