How do you design a bridge?

This is not a rhetorical question. If you are a bridge designer, then I would like to know the steps you go through to develop a new concept for a bridge.

The question is part of work we are doing with the Royal Academy of Engineers to identify ‘domain-specific’ factors which influence the way we do design in different sectors of industry. Our hypothesis is that while design has some common stages regardless of sector (like writing a brief, developing ideas and testing concepts), there are factors unique to each sector which govern how say a bridge designer goes about things differently from a computer games designer.

This week I am focusing on bridge design. If you’d like to contribute then please fill in this survey; or Tweet us.

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