An Encyclopaedia of World Bridges

David McFetrich

Bridges are one of the most important artifacts constructed by man, the structures having had an incalculable effect on the development of trade and civilization throughout the world.
Date Published :
May 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
250 color illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526794468

Dimensions : 9.6 X 6.7 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 352
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Overview
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Bridges are one of the most important artifacts constructed by man, the structures having had an incalculable effect on the development of trade and civilization throughout the world. Their construction has led to continuing advances in civil engineering technology, leading to bigger spans and the use of new materials. Their failures, too, whether from an inadequate understanding of engineering principles or as a result of natural catastrophes or warfare, have often caused immense hardship as a result of lost lives or broken communications.

In this book, a sister publication to his earlier An Encyclopaedia of British Bridges (Pen & Sword 2019), David McFetrich gives brief descriptions of some 1200 bridges from more than 170 countries around the world. They represent a wide range of different types of structure (such as beam, cantilever, stayed and suspension bridges). Although some of the pictures are of extremely well-known structures, many are not so widely recognizable and a separate section of the book includes more than seventy lists of bridges with distinctly unusual characteristics in their design, usage and history.

About The Author
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David McFetrich first became interested in bridges while he was at Oundle School and was given the book The World’s Great Bridges by Hubert Shirley Smith. After he left in 1956 he went on to study civil engineering at King’s College, Durham University (now Newcastle University). He then worked in the structural engineering design office of consulting engineers Halcrow for two years, where his projects included the design of a footbridge in Scotland.

He followed this by moving into civil engineering contracting, and quickly progressed from being a site engineer to being site agent on a number of prestigious projects, one of which involved the construction of two major road bridges.

He left the civil engineering industry in 1970 and spent the rest of his working life in management consultancy, while continuing to collect books and information about bridges as a hobby.

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