How to Build a Bridge


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

Starting the 1st foundation

Corner connection test of foundation and beams

Day 2

Cutting Metal plates for steel rods to handle sheer weights

Foundation and off cuts table :D

Foundation 2

Day 3

Base added to foundations and cross beams notched and tested

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

Load tests and decking

Crossbracing

It works !

Day 4

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Fixing Second foundation and tests

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Zigzags and decking conversations

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Possible location

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Day 5

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The site

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The build continues with screwing taping and lots of holding

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Day 6

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Finishing taping and installing the zigzag members

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Decking tests and finalisation talks

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Day 7

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

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Metal rods are here for threading

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Plates are punched with holes for rods

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Transport

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Connection

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Connected

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Day 8

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It's all coming together

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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

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One small step for man

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Day 9

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On site

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

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My 1st walk

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Final

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Next stop Eco build !

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At ecobuild 2012

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