An Evaluation of the Systems Approach to Bridge Design

Report No: 75-R11

Published in 1974

About the report:

This study contains the findings from a survey of available integrated computer systems for bridge analysis and design, along with a sample design of a grade separation structure using the two leading design systems, BEST and STRC. It appears that integrated design systems could be applicable to the design of common highway bridges in Virginia, and that such systems might offer savings in engineering design costs and in materials costs. Unfortunately, however, neither BEST, a public system, nor STRC, a commercial system, is readily applicable to the needs of the Virginia Department of Highways & Transportation. A public system that offers greater portability than BEST is needed.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Jerry L. Korf, Walter D. Pilkey, Wallace T. McKeel, Jr., P.E.

Last updated: February 5, 2024

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