How to Build a Bridge

My colleagues and I at the School of Architecture in Kingston University London built a 1:3 scale replica bridge of the Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni, Japan. project date 2012, mentioned in the AJ

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How to Build a Bridge
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Day 1 we got timber from our sponsors and are looking at the final designs, we have been working on them for about 3 months, it's finally time for the build

Day 1 we got timber from our sponsors and are looking at the final designs, we have been working on them for about 3 months, it's finally time for the build

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Starting the 1st foundation

Starting the 1st foundation

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Corner connection test of foundation and beams

Corner connection test of foundation and beams

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Day 2

Day 2

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Cutting Metal plates for steel rods to handle sheer weights

Cutting Metal plates for steel rods to handle sheer weights

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Foundation and off cuts table :D

Foundation and off cuts table :D

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Foundation 2

Foundation 2

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Day 3

Day 3

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Base added to foundations and cross beams notched and tested

Base added to foundations and cross beams notched and tested

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In the original bridge they used metal plates we used duct tape :D

In the original bridge they used metal plates we used duct tape :D

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Load tests and decking

Load tests and decking

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Crossbracing

Crossbracing

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It works !

It works !

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Day 4

Day 4

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Fixing Second foundation and tests

Fixing Second foundation and tests

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Zigzags and decking conversations

Zigzags and decking conversations

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Possible location

Possible location

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Day 5

Day 5

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The site

The site

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The build continues with screwing taping and lots of holding

The build continues with screwing taping and lots of holding

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Day 6

Day 6

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Finishing taping and installing the zigzag members

Finishing taping and installing the zigzag members

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Decking tests and finalisation talks

Decking tests and finalisation talks

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Day 7

Day 7

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We managed to make it into 5 parts that connect at certain points

We managed to make it into 5 parts that connect at certain points

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Metal rods are here for threading

Metal rods are here for threading

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Plates are punched with holes for rods

Plates are punched with holes for rods

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Transport

Transport

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Connection

Connection

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Connected

Connected

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Day 8

Day 8

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It's all coming together

It's all coming together

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Curve members for decking and finishing

Curve members for decking and finishing

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Rods and plates are inserted, we have been using props to hold the bridge up and with the Rods we won't need to

Rods and plates are inserted, we have been using props to hold the bridge up and with the Rods we won't need to

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One small step for man

One small step for man

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Day 9

Day 9

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On site

On site

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One giant leap for us :D head of school takes 1st steps across

One giant leap for us :D head of school takes 1st steps across

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My 1st walk

My 1st walk

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Final

Final

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Next stop Eco build !

Next stop Eco build !

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At ecobuild 2012

At ecobuild 2012

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