Design Bridges

The Bridge Designer program is part of the Bridge Design Contest for civil engineers. The program enables students to design bridges, test the design, and analyse the test results. Both construction and costs are important factors. The design is part of a contest among students, but can also be used without participation in the contest. After the design a simulation of a truck crossing the designed bridge can be viewed.

The software Bridge Designer (2015) can be downloaded for free and is different for every new yearly contest.

The design requires a set of choices that influence the overall construction, the architecture, the costs. Thereafter the details have to be designed choosing from multiple options in terms of number of joints and supports, type of material etc.

Apart from use at university level among (civil)engineering students, the program could also be used as a tool to prepare a design of a bridge at secondary school level. Hereby, the tool could be used as an intrioduction. The program visualises the different type of constructions used in building bridges and their names.

Despite the high level of data and complexity of the designs you can make, is Bridge Designer  a highly interactive and intuitive program.

 Purchase  Free
 Hardware  PC, Mac
 Requirements  Java


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Gears is an applet that offers short tasks based on gears. The game applies knowledge, skills and concpets from both maths and engineering/mechanics.

gears screen

The applet Gears can be found at two different locations in the Primas project and on the RekenWeb. The applet can be used in grade 4-8. We used the applet as preparation for more complex tasks using GearSketch.

Note: The applet does not work on an iPad.
 Purchase  Free
 Hardware  PC
 Requirements  browser, Java