Dr. Rosignoli’s books share one particularity: they are entirely original, the first books ever written on that topic. Writing technical books requires a lot of work and passion, and dealing with unexplored topics is even more complex. One has to start from scratch, investigate the subject, find how to solve its challenges, organize hundreds of pages and illustrations into a logical structure, convince a prestigious publisher that the work of a bridge practitioner deserves attention, and go through an accurate process of peer-review.
Launched Bridges was the first book ever written on the incremental launching method. It took Dr. Rosignoli 15 years to write it during hundreds of weekends and most long-haul flights, summarizing the experience earned from the design and construction of his first launched bridges in Europe. Published by ASCE Press in 1998, the book sold out in a few months.
Bridge Launching was published by Thomas Telford in 2002. This book was a substantial step forward from Launched Bridges. In addition to prestressed-concrete bridges, the book also deals with steel and prestressed-composite bridges with steel corrugated-plate webs. Bridge Launching found widespread interest worldwide, soon became the international reference in the field, and was cited in dozens of researches and publications.
The IABSE invited Dr. Rosignoli to found and chair the working group WG-6 Bridge Construction Equipment for a first 4-year term, which led to the 2010 IABSE Seminar State-of-the-Art Bridge Deck Erection in Singapore. The 2-day event gathered 160 people, dozens of papers followed in two special editions of the IABSE journal, and in 2011 the United Nations invited Dr. Rosignoli to write the e-book Bridge Erection Machines for the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.
Also this latter book found widespread interest worldwide. After 32 years of professional activity and research, therefore, everything was ready for a new seminal book, Bridge Construction Equipment. Published by ICE Publishing in July 2013, the book found such an interest that in only five months it became the 2011 bestselling US title. The book deals with the independent design checking and forensic engineering of all types of special construction equipment.
In 2014, Dr. Rosignoli rewrote Bridge Launching for ICE Publishing. In addition to his work experience on 34 launched bridges, he consulted more than 300 publications for this brand-new book. The book provides state-of-the-art coverage of the design and construction of launched bridges made of steel, prestressed-concrete, and prestressed-composite construction with steel corrugated-plate webs. In addition to incremental launching, the book also covers deck rotation, jacking, skidding, and the launch of single spans, bowstring arches and cable-supported decks.