Civil Engineering, Bridge Design, Anna Maria Island Bridge, Engineering Design Considerations
A, Gray Mullins Ph.D.
The capstone design project for the civil engineering students at the University of South Florida involved designing a replacement bridge for the current Anna Maria Island Bridge in Anna Maria, Florida. The new bridge would replace the current low-level, two-lane drawbridge with a high-level fixed bridge. As part of a group of learning engineers, the task at hand was to develop an economically optimal design proposal and then carry this design to a refined stage. However, it is a common misconception among the members of society that designing is the civil engineer’s only obligation to a project. In order to ensure public welfare, civil engineers cannot only concern themselves with the design phase of a project, but they must also consider and stay actively involved in the planning and construction as well. A case study of the Anna Maria Island Bridge project will enlighten readers of the many tasks and design considerations a civil engineer must entertain when developing a project.
Scholar Commons Citation
Rodriguez, Elena M., "The Civil Engineering Balancing Act" (2011). Outstanding Honors Theses. 4.