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Bridges are one of the best ways for civil engineers to show people what they do.
The social benefit is obvious, the structural form is clear and the engineering skill is beyond doubt. Bridges inspire respect for civil engineers like nothing else.
With this in mind the Institution of Civil Engineers has just published a special issue of its Bridge Engineering journal on landmark bridges. It showcases 12 outstanding structures from around the world that have captured people's imaginations in various ways.
'It would be difficult for any aspiring civil engineer looking back through history to not be inspired by some of the truly staggering achievements in bridge engineering over the ages,' say issue co-editors Derek Graham of Morgan Sindall and Jeffrey Fisher of Mott MacDonald.
Iconic modern footbridges dominate the issue, including: the 190 m Ponte della Musica shallow arch in Rome, Italy (2011); the 83 m Ohmaki-Dondo stress-ribbon in Hakusan, Japan (2009); the 310 m suspended Peace Bridge in Londonderry, Northern Ireland (2011); and the 100 m long opening cable-stayed MediaCityUK Footbridge in Salford, UK (2011).
Historic, record-breaking structures featured include the 380m Chain Bridge suspended road crossing in Budapest, Hungary (1849); the 2529m Forth Bridge cantilevered railway crossing and viaduct in Scotland (1890); and the 495m Kongolo concrete beam railway bridge in DR Congo (1939).
The two largest bridges reviewed are also the newest: the 1119m Trans-Rhumel cable-stayed road bridge and viaduct in Constantine, Algeria (2014); and the 6150m Padma steel truss road and rail bridge in Bangladesh, due to open in 2018.
For more information, please contact the ICE Proceedings editor Simon Fullalove on +44 20 7665 2448 or at email@example.com.