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Title: The evolution of timber truss road bridges in New South Wales
Contributor(s): Glencross-Grant, Rex  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15804
Abstract: This paper explores the development of timber truss road bridges in New South Wales (NSW). In the early 1900s timber bridges were so profuse in NSW that it was widely known by travellers as the 'timber bridge state' of Australia. Timber truss road bridges evolved over at least five distinct stages culminating in the impressive trimmer, more efficient and unique composite designs of the early 1900s. Whilst the English and US influence was strong, there also developed an even stronger colonial 'can do' style. This came about through the need for greater economies, increased vehicle loading, improved materials knowledge, excellent quality Australian hardwoods and Australian-trained engineers, who in turn had a greater appreciation of local conditions. A combination of these factors led to revolutionary ideas in terms of timber bridge truss development, enabling larger, more durable and economic structures to be built. A number of these structures are still in service. Techniques are also discussed as to how some of these bridges have been kept in service, how there is an increasing consciousness of heritage value, how this can be utilised and how this is upheld against contemporary pressures for replacement.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: WCTE 2006: 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Portland, United States of America, 6th - 10th August, 2006
Conference Details: WCTE 2006: 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Portland, United States of America, 6th - 10th August, 2006
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2006), p. 1-10
Publisher: Engineered Wood Products Association (EWPA)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 870305 Timber Materials
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.ewpa.com/Archive/2006/aug/Paper_093.pdf
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