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To Demolish or Preserve

(Left) The Bethlehem Steel Admin Building in 1908. (Right) The Bethlehem Steel Admin Building as of 2007.  One of the most unique characteristics of the demolition industry is the sheer amount of community feedback, and often resistance, that any given demolition...

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Spanning the Champlain

Six months after its official opening, the Lake Champlain Bridge, traversing the point between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont, stands as a testament to the efficiency and speed with which modern bridges are built. Spanning nearly 7 ½ football fields,...

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Accelerated Bridge Design

What will the future of bridge design be?  Half scale bridge sections are being seismic tested for a new technique where bridges can be built in days, not months.  The new technique, called Accelerated Bridge Design (ABC) is based on method where components are...

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Prescriptive VS Performance-Based Design

It is widely accepted that using Performance Based Design (PBD) in lieu of the Prescriptive method on projects results in a significant savings to the owner. In fact many cases projects and/or contracts are won or made possible due to the overall cost savings achieved...

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Interested in bridge monitoring systems?

The average bridge is designed for a 50 year lifespan.  Today however, most bridges are at the end of their expected lifespan and are also carrying heavier loads than they were originally designed for. This real time technology similar to an EKG monitors the health of...

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Haiti & Chile Earthquakes – Lessons Learned

After every structural collapse, fire and major dissaster there is much to be learned in order to prevent as best we can similar events from happening again in the future.  There are many groups who have been mobalized to find out what can be learned:   Chris...

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