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Conceptual Design For Bridges: Education & Practice

Fathy SAAD
Professor Dr.-Ing. Structural Engineering Department
Ain Shams University, Cairo


The engineer’s responsibility nowadays is not only in technical optimisation and maximisation but also more in developing innovative design ideas, which fulfil the cultural and social demands and simultaneously combine the beauty, economy, slenderness and stability criterion. Therefore, the current paper introduces a conceptual approach for bridge design, which should be taught for future engineers at university level and should be followed in practice by design engineers. Following this approach, the paper shows innovative developments in bridge engineering from practice, regarding the structural systems, the materials, constructions, structural details and their combinations.

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