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DES1000-A – Boardwalks and Bridges


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Wood’s strength and durability, fire resistance, low-maintenance and energy-absorbing properties make it ideal for bridge applications and infrastructure projects – particularly for pedestrian and light traffic, but also for more impressive structures with heavier loading and longer spans. Increasingly, new landmark projects and research are proving timber bridges are a viable alternative to bridges made of other materials. Modern timber bridges combine the use of solid wood, plywood, laminated timbers like glued-laminated timber, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), parallel strand lumber (PSL) and cross-laminated timber (CLT). The course will explore designs that have evolved from historical approaches and developed as a result of modern technological advances in timber fabrication.

Learning Objectives:

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. List some of the challenges and possible resolutions to building bridges and boardwalks with wood.
  2. Discuss how a wood bridge can be installed while addressing environmental concerns.
  3. Identify and describe the 2 examples of bridges using wood.
  4. Recall some of the components of wood bridges and boardwalks.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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