The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges

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In this engineering course you will learn how to analyze bridges from three perspectives:

  1. Efficiency = calculations of forces/stresses
  2. Economy = evaluation of societal context and cost
  3. Elegance = form/appearance based on engineering principles, not decoration

With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art. We also show the influence of the economic and social context in bridge design and the interplay between forces and form.

This is the first of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering, each of which are independent of each other. The two other courses will be on tall buildings/towers and vaults.

No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.

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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Superb course. Well structured with a good balance of technical and aesthetic content. It also emphasised the importance of the political and social context in which so many great bridges were built. Its interesting to discover that these bridges that we would not be without today were hard fought for.
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4/10 starsDropped
1 year, 6 months ago
It is already clear that the concept of structural art is an outdated concept..Efficiency, economy etc as defining parameters of "structural art" concept are in fact discouraging for creating real structural artistry..A much more realistic and elaborated view on structural art concept deficiencies and advantages is given in the book Towards a New Engineering by M.Llunji..which i think should be read before starting this course..Maria Garlock is very good.
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DONNY ASTOR

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
Maria Garlock (The TEACHER) was outstanding in every way. The course is well planned and well-designed, a master touch of a brilliant instructor. Some Math is in the course, but no Advanced math. She integrates the Subject to emphasize and include aspects of CIVIL (CE) and Architectural engineering. My biggest take-away was the materials and methods used to build bridge frames.
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Richard Reddy

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 6 months ago
This is an elegant, well organized course. Each presentation vividly illustrates the merger of structural engineering and art. It's a visual experience, as the designers of bridges intended, and many of the examples are simply breathtaking. Thank you, Prof Garlock for this glimpse of genius at work and the difficult road of bringing public projects to fruition.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 6 months ago
This is a well-organized, fascinating course! The math is pretty easy, but the methodology is quite sophisticated, as are the historical details surrounding iconic bridges. This is a real engineering course, tempered with appreciation for artistic elements, harmony with the local environment, and the human drama of large-scale projects in civil engineering. The most breathtakingly beautiful bridges are even more impressive with some idea of what it takes to put them up.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 2 months ago
I audited this course in Archived mode which means no homework and no grades, although I answered some quizzes to check my understanding of material. I've been visiting blogs focusing on sports arenas' construction for a long time and decided to brush up on my physics a bit and learn basics about engineering of bridges. Content was very interesting, especially fascinating stories behind Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges. The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, a book by David McCullough, is now on my reading list. I also knew that Switzerland has some of the most beautiful and innovative bridges, but had how much influence Swiss engineers had on bridge design in general. I would love to take this course in full mode during its next session and do at least some of the homework.
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Soufiane OUNIRI

10/10 starsDropped
3 years, 7 months ago
it's really interessting , I didnt get the chance to start it from the bigenning but I hope you'll make it again in the future .
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Carlos Osio

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
I think this course is great opportunity to learn about Bridges; Her teacher is a great professor in Princeton. However, what a pity! this course do not offer neither Honor Code nor Verified Certificate. I know Princeton is a wonderful university, but the mayority of universities in edx offer a certificate.
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govinda dumaru

6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
More detail analysis for structures is felt missing in contents. However, since this is introductory course, it is satisfactory. The rest, instructor and provider are outstanding.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
Really interesting and easy-understandable. The instructor is the best I ever had many years ago in this carreer. Plenty satisfied.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
wonderful course with an excellent professor, my knowledge is increasing in the bridge field. How can a student make practice after completing this awesome bridge course please?
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CHERIAN VARKEY

8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
Well I'm really impressed with the course. Its my first experience in edx.and so far i really like it. I did thought we had certificate for all courses here. Please do provide one if you can at a later point. Otherwise the course and its contents is really great !! :D Thank You
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om prakash singh

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
Thanks for this great course.Thanks for University and EDX. Thanks for our professor explain simple way.Expect more course on civil engineering or Structure Engineering.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
This course provide me a lot of information about bridge. I have known the art function and the structural engineering function of bridge. Also I have learnt the shape and the design calculation of cable and suspension bridge. The content is easy to follow, and the pictures to us are very clear and in a high education inspiration.
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Eduardo Rodas

8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
The only one thing I complain about is that we're not able to get a certificate, otherwise the content seems to be perfect and the university as well..
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umer awan

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
This Course is good for learning about bridges but there should be a certificate or atleaast statement of achievement.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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3 years, 10 months ago
I am going to join this course with hope of getting overall introduction of all stages of bridge design. For introductory part, this course content is okay. But there should be provision for next intermediate level MOOC course like intermediate level-1,2 (like fMRI-part 1, 2; MS word, excel intermediate, advanced levels) as bridge engineering involves entire civil engineering like geotechnical engg, structural analysis, design of RCC, prestressed concrete structures, steel structures. Next levels may also include rehabilitation,retrofitting of old/ distressed bridges. Like GIS courses on MOOC, I hope this MOOC course will help to grow naive/fresh graduates to professionals in bridge engineering.
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Soheil Mirzajanian Charandabi

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years ago
The content of the course is awesome. Moreover, combining with two other related course will be effective. However, I wonder why there is not any certificate coming along the course. At least Honor code certificate or Accomplishment certificate will be a good motivation to come along the course.
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mufaro kombora

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 1 month ago
quality education,good results and it is also there to improve the quality infrastructure of the world through effective planning and building
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