ASCE Press (American Society of Civil Engineers) – ISBN: 0784403147 (1998), p.363, sold out.
Launched Bridges is the first book completely devoted to the art and science of bridge launching. It integrates the static, aesthetic and economic aspects of construction techniques for building state-of-the-art structures. A comprehensive handbook, it offers explanation of both the theoretical and technological aspects of the construction process.
New analysis methods for optimizing structural design and launch stress distribution are developed. The book details the properties of and the differences between three construction methods: the continuous casting with incremental launching, the balanced cantilever casting with symmetrical launching or rotation, and the casting on general falsework followed by side skidding.
Launched Bridges examines construction methods for bridge segments, launching techniques, and equipment. Special design methods allow the constructor to optimize both the launch equipment and the bridge itself. Load conditions of the temporary and the final piers, and the techniques of verifying the design assumptions by means of field monitoring and data recording are also examined.
Written by a project manager who spent years heading bridge projects, this book exemplifies how a comprehensive understanding and proper coordination leads to success in building high-tech structures. This book is an essential tool for building contractors, technical and design engineers, and owners.