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At 10:45 PM 2/9/98 EST, you wrote:
>The January 1998 edition of ASCE News announced a bridge design program
>devloped by a West Point professor. The program was designed for use in
>educational settings(specifically, middle or high school students) for the
>purpose of promoting interest in structural engineering as a possible future
>career.
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>The program addresses the design of a truss type(the student can specify a
>Warren, Pratt, Howe, etc. type of truss) bridge subjected to a truck loading.
>It also includes animation. That is, if the truck passes safely over the
>bridge then it passes. If the design fails, then the bridge collaspes and
>plunges into the river below. Theoritical prices are also included so even if
>the design is sufficient then the student is challenged to tweak the truss
>members to determine the most economical design  Truss members are either
>solid round shapes or HSS members and can conform to either ASTM A36, ASTM
>A572 or aluminum alloy. Member sizes are in metric.
>
>The program(Bridge Designer) can be downloaded from the following address:
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>      http://www.dean.usma.edu/cme/civilsoft.htm
>
>It's a compressed self extracting file and requires approximately 2 MEG of
>hard disk space. When I visited the site, I noticed other programs available
>for downloading but have not had the time to download and review.
>
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>Charlie Canitz, PE
>Bel Air, MD 
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