Creating Bridges and Art
Matthew Lengyel, PE, SE, PMP - Figg Bridge Engineers
Bridges are an essential part of our nation’s infrastructure. They cross some of the most difficult obstacles and connect communities in a multitude of ways. With this connection to people, bridges are purposeful works of art, functional sculptures within the landscape that are created through careful analysis of a sites sensitivity (contextual and environmental) that encompasses a communities particular needs while working with the realities of funding and maintenance.
This presentation will focus on the creation different kinds of segmental concrete bridges. It will briefly talk about some of the newest cable stayed segmental concrete bridges currently being designed, and then explain why prestressed concrete is such a critically important technology in being able to make these bridges real. Segmental bridge terminology will be defined, followed by an in-depth discussion of the different segmental bridge construction methods. The step-by-step photos and visualizations with each construction method will easily show how different segmental bridges are built.
By capturing the powers of imagination, function and technology, bridges can be built that improve our nation’s infrastructure while enhancing the appearance of communities across America and the quality of life for the people who live in them.
About the speaker:
Matthew Lengyel earned his BSCE from the Citadel and MSCE from Kansas State University, and is currently a Project Director at Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc. He has gained extensive experience primarily in the design and construction of large bridges, which includes segmental concrete bridge projects like the Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge in Toledo, Ohio and the I-35W Saint Anthony’s Falls Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently he is working on the design of the new Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas and the new Houston Ship Channel Bridge in Houston, Texas.