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West Point Bridge Designer

The West Point Bridge Designer (WPBD) software provides users with tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria.

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Version 2.0 - published on 31 Aug 2012

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Abstract

The West Point Bridge Designer will introduce you to engineering through an authentic, hands-on design experience. This software provides you with the tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria

The purposes of the West Point Bridge Designer are:

  • to provide you with an opportunity to learn about the engineering design process;

  • to provide a realistic, hands-on experience that will help you to understand how civil engineers design structures;

  • to demonstrate how engineers use the computer as a tool to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the design process;

  • to provide a tool for visualizing structural behavior--a tool that will help you to understand how structures work; and

  • to honor the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point--the first school in the United States to offer a formal program of instruction in engineering.

 

 

 

Restrictions: 

The West Point Bridge Designer is intended solely for educational use.  

Distribution of this software does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Government, the Department of the Army, or the U.S. Military Academy of any design. Use of this software for commercial or construction purposes is prohibited.  

The West Point Bridge Designer is in the public domain and may be distributed freely.

Credits

Developed by:

Colonel Stephen Ressler, P.E., Ph.D.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy

Colonel Eugene Ressler, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, United States Military Academy

West Point, New York 10996

Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Cheng Song; Brian Rohler; Ellen M. Rathje (2012), "West Point Bridge Designer," http://nees.org/resources/wpbd.

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