April 24th, 2018 - West Point Bridge Designer

posted Apr 24, 2018, 10:53 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 9:08 AM ]

How the West Point Bridge Designer Works

When you use the West Point Bridge Designer, you will experience the engineering design process in simplified form. You will design a highway bridge in much the same way that practicing civil engineers design real highway bridges.

  • You will be presented with a requirement to design a steel truss bridge to carry a two-lane highway across a river.
  • You may choose from a wide variety of different site configurations for your bridge. Each will cause your bridge to carry  in a different way, and each has a different.
  • You will develop a design for your bridge by drawing a picture of it on your computer screen.
  • Once your first design attempt is complete, the West Point Bridge Designer will test your bridge, to see if it is strong enough to carry the specified highway loads. This test includes a full-color animation showing a truck crossing your bridge. If your design is strong enough, the truck will be able to cross it successfully; if not, the structure will collapse.
  • If your bridge collapses, you can strengthen it by changing the properties of the structural components that make up the bridge, or by changing the configuration of the bridge itself.
  • Once your bridge can successfully carry the highway loading without collapsing, you can continue to refine your design, with the objective of minimizing its cost while still ensuring that it is strong enough to carry the specified loads.

Check to see if this program is in your start menu...... if not, download from the following link  West Point Bridge Designer



Have pictures of your best design 
(both Girder View and Animated View) 
and put it on your portfolio for a grade.
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