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Efficiency and aesthetics

Three Footbridges at Valencia de Don Juan, Spain


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: Footbridge 2005 (Second International Congress), Venezia, 06-08 December 2005
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Abstract: The fundamental objectives of bridge design form the backdrop for a discussion of the parameters that determine the success of a project. Inasmuch as economic and aesthetic criteria cannot be standardized, successful design depends almost entirely on the talent and creativity of the engineer. The practical application of these general principles is illustrated with a description of three footbridges built as part of an enhancement project for the left bank of the Esla River at Valencia de Don Juan, Spain. The ideas underlying the conceptual design for the bridges over the river and its canal, in particular as regards the specific boundary conditions, are explained, along with the actual layout and a few comments on construction procedures.

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