In thenearly13 years since we published the first edition of the Handbook of Bridge Engineering in 2000, we have received numerous letters, e-mails, and reviews from readers, including educators and practitioners, who have commented on the Handbook and suggested how it could be improved. We have also accumulated many ideas based on our own experiences.
Based on this information, we have completely revised and updated the Handbook. In writing this “Preface to the Second Edition” we assume that the reader has read the original Preface.
In keeping with that tradition, the second edition of the Handbook emphasizes professional applications and practical solutions; explains basic concepts and assumptions without the derivation of formulas and theories; emphasizes seismic design, retrofit, renovation, and maintenance; covers traditional and new innovative methods; and includes more than 2,500 tables, figures, in a ready-to-use format, Provides illustrations and a wealth of practical examples that give readers step-by-step design procedures.
Throughout the history of civilization, bridges have been symbols of cities, regions, and nations. All bridges have served for transportation, commerce, and war. Bridges are necessary for civilization to exist, and many bridges are beautiful. Many bridges have become symbols of the best, noblest, and most beautiful things humanity has accomplished. The secrets of ancient bridge design and construction have been lost, but it is impossible not to marvel at the grandeur of the Roman viaduct, for example.
The second edition of the Handbook of Bridge Engineering expands and updates the previous edition by incorporating new developments from the first decade of the 21st century.
Modern bridge engineering has its roots in the 19th century. originated in the 19th century, when wooden, masonry, and brick bridges began to compete with wooden, masonry, and brick bridges. By the start of World War II, the transportation infrastructure of Europe and North America was essentially complete and served to support civilization as we know it.
Bridges, the symbols of modern cities, were in place: the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Brooklyn Bridge, the London Bridge, the Eads Bridge in St. Louis, and bridges in Paris, Lisbon, and the Rhine and Danube rivers. My birthplace, Budapest, had seven beautiful bridges over the Danube. Bridge engineering was in its golden age.