GENERAL CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES
Big! -- An
incredible site from PBS! Learn about how buildings, bridges, dams, domes
and tunnels are built. Check out the interactive
lab for great Flash© demonstrations and experiments!!
Bridges and Tunnels -- An online guide
to structure construction from Discovery.com.
it and Bust It! -- From the great
you will design and test your own structures and share what you learn
with others. You can view everyone's design and learn from each other!"
- Structures -- From
the Franklin Institute, take a tour through several amazing structures
and learn how they were designed. Also see this great Structures
Design -- A
nice illustrated outline of the design of construction systems, with a
detailed description of each step. Includes a self-test!
Channel's Big Dig Page, and an Overview
of the Big Dig from PBS!
U.S. Construction Industry -- Statistics
and analysis of the construction industry from the U.S. Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Construction & Engineering FAQ
series of questions and answers on Communications Technology, covering
issues such as What is a structure? What is a load? What types of structure
are there? Why don't structures fall over? And many more!
Forces -- A
summary overview of compression, tension, bending, torsion and shear.
Also check out this Strength
of Materials site!
- Superbridge -- Learn
about bridge design, and test your knowledge of bridge types!
Golden Gate Bridge -- Learn
how this amazing structure was built, and how it is maintained! Also get
an overview of the project from the Museum
of San Francisco, and see Bridging
the Bay - An Online Exhibit.
Building - Art and Science -- "More
clearly than some other forms of engineering, bridges can be relatively
easy to understand and enjoy. Not many bridges, especially the more recent
ones, have pointless decoration. Even where surface treatment has been
intended, it has sometimes been left out, as in the cases of the Clifton
bridge and the mighty George Washington bridge, and the Bayonne bridge.
But although structure must be governed by function, one function may
be to please people, by finding a good balance between form and function."
Analysis of Complex Bridges -- Detailed
technical analyses of complex bridge designs.
About Bridges -- A
nice introductory page on bridge design that covers the following topics:
What are the basic bridge types? How are they built? How are they put
of Bridge Construction -- An
overview of the four different types of bridges - and some combination
Narrows Bridge Disaster
and Urban Structures
History of Skyscrapers -- From
the History Channel Online, a look at the world's tallest Skyscrapers
and how they were built!
High-Rise Pages -- Learn
about the history of high-rise construction, and just what is the tallest
building in the world, anyway? The answer to the "tallest building" question
isn't as simple as you may think! Despite some grammatical inconsistencies,
this site is quite entertaining and informative!
Great Building Collection -- From
the site: "The Great Buildings Collection is a gateway to architecture
from around the world and across history. The Great Buildings Online documents
hundreds of buildings and leading architects with 3D models, photographic
images and architectural drawings, plus commentaries, bibliographies,
and web links, for famous designers and structures of all kinds."
Skyscraper Museum -- The
online companion site to the Skyscraper Museum in New York City.
York Underground -- Not
all architecture is about building "up"! Check out this site to see some
underground design triumphs in the Big Apple!
American Experience - Hoover Dam -- Rising
more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was
called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Learn about this
incredible American design feat here! Also check out the US
Government's Hoover Dam Info Site!
and Dams -- From
SimScience, "Here you will learn about dams and cracks, engineering,
and computer simulation."
- Dams -- Find
out what it takes to build a dam! From National Geographic's &"Geo
to Build a House -- The
whole process - from foundation, to frame, to finished!