Launched Bridges


ASCE Press (American Society of Civil Engineers) – ISBN: 0784403147 (1998), p.363, sold out.

Launched Bridges is the first book completely devoted to the art and science of bridge launching. It integrates the static, aesthetic and economic aspects of construction techniques for building state-of-the-art structures. A comprehensive handbook, it offers explanation of both the theoretical and technological aspects of the construction process.

New analysis methods for optimizing structural design and launch stress distribution are developed. The book details the properties of and the differences between three construction methods: the continuous casting with incremental launching, the balanced cantilever casting with symmetrical launching or rotation, and the casting on general falsework followed by side skidding.

Launched Bridges examines construction methods for bridge segments, launching techniques, and equipment. Special design methods allow the constructor to optimize both the launch equipment and the bridge itself. Load conditions of the temporary and the final piers, and the techniques of verifying the design assumptions by means of field monitoring and data recording are also examined.

  • Launched Bridges is the most complete presentation of this construction method for concrete bridges even including composite structures. The bibliography with 230 references shows the amount of work to assemble all this knowledge. I congratulate you for this work – Fritz Leonhardt, Prof.Em., Dr.Ing., Leonhardt, Andrä und Partners (Germany)
  • The research and practical work of Marco Rosignoli have been enormously influential in diffusing the use of the incremental launching method in Europe – Paolo Napoli, Prof.Ing., Dr.Ing., Professor of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Launched Bridges and Bridge Launching are the first (and the only) books ever written on the topic, and they are full of precious design and technological information. They are “the bible” for bridge launchers – Telemachos Tsiknias, PhD, PE, Chief Executive Officer, TTA (Greece)

    Written by a project manager who spent years heading bridge projects, this book exemplifies how a comprehensive understanding and proper coordination leads to success in building high-tech structures. This book is an essential tool for building contractors, technical and design engineers, and owners.