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October 21, 2010

"Bridges: Design and Function" (video review)

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe, Japan
© AP Photo/Kyodo News
Source: AP Images

Bridges: Design and Function
Presented by Discovery Channel

This video provides an inclusive look at the construction of bridges, examining successful bridges as well as disasters and why these bridges fail. Footage of the construction of the new Crooked River Bridge in Oregon, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, and the expansion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, as well as interviews of the engineers and construction workers are included. Weather conditions such as wind, saltwater and earthquakes and their effects on bridges are presented along with the techniques in bridge design that are used to combat such factors. The video is divided into two segments, each preceded and followed by comprehensive questions that provoke further thought on the material presented.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at October 21, 2010 10:00 AM

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