1. Bridges are BATS: Why we build bridges ; 2. Underneath the Arches: Bridges need good foundations ; 3. Bending it: Bridges need strong structures ; 4. All Trussed up: Interdependence creates emergence ; 5. Let it all Hang Down: Structuring using tension ; 6. How Safe is Safe Enough? Incomplete science ; 7. Bridges built by people for people: Processes for joined-up thinking ; Glossary ; Bibliography
Professor Blockley is an engineer and an academic scientist. He has been Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Royal Society of Arts. He has written four other books including The Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering (2005).
Engineering is part of almost everything we do - from the water we drink and the food we eat, to the buildings we live in and the roads and railways we travel on. In this Very Short Introduction, David Blockley explores the nature and practice of engineering, its history, its scope, and its relationship with art, science, and technology.
Bridges are remarkable structures. Often vast, immense, and sometimes beautiful, they can be icons of cities. David Blockley explains how to read a bridge, how they stand up, and how engineers design them to be so strong. He examines the engineering problems posed by bridges, and considers their cultural, aesthetic, and historical importance.
Using examples from around the world, including the Shard in London and jumbo jets like the A380, David Blockley explores the world of structural engineering. This Very Short Introduction considers the crucial role structural engineering has on issues such as cost and energy efficiency to long-term sustainability and safety.
Fully updated, the second edition of Doing it Differently: Systems for Rethinking Infrastructure sets out the theory, concepts and tools using real-life examples to persuade people to think differently rather than relying on specific techniques or methods for particular types of problem.
Provides numerous tools, techniques and case studies that help those motivated to change the way things are done within the construction industry. This book explores the changing expectations of the clients of the construction industry and includes the development of a tool kit to help make a difference.
Bridges are remarkable structures. Often vast, immense, and sometimes beautiful, they can become icons of cities. David Blockley explains how to read a bridge, how they stand up, and how engineers design them to be so strong. He examines the engineering problems posed by bridges, and considers their cultural, aesthetic, and historical importance.
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