Nature Bridges Blog

The Wonder of Engineering: Long-Span Bridge Construction

Long-span bridges include a lot of space between their supports, and that allows them to cover wider gaps like deep valleys and very wide rivers. Supports are critical for bridges, so when there isn’t much space to include them, bridge designers and engineers need to spend additional time calculating estimated load and how to includes enough support for the long bridge using minimal space. This advanced structural design, coupled with materials and construction techniques, can help ensure that two distant points are safely connected. Materials and Forms Long-span bridges need materials that can hold up to immense forces, but they […]

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Building Bridges: Celebrating Women in Construction

Construction is traditionally a male-dominated field, but that the industry continues to be shaped and redefined. Many women have stepped into the structural stage, especially in bridge construction. According to statistics from the National Association of Women in Construction, about 10.9% of the U.S. construction workforce are women as of 2022. This number has increased over the last decades, with just around 2.4% of construction trade workers being women in 2002. Construction Now and in the Future Anyone can bring a unique expertise to the construction industry. Project management and engineering are important skills, as well as a passion for […]

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Boardwalks: Building Tourism

Boardwalks are a way to get from one place to another, especially through rough or environmentally sensitive terrain. Many boardwalk builders and beachgoers have embraced the charm of a walk along a boardwalk. They are much more than that, however! A boardwalk can have a noticeable impact on the community, tourism, and economy. Historic Appeal Nostalgia is one of the great appeals of a boardwalk. Think about Coney Island in New York or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. These walkways bring in tourists who want to walk where many others have walked. The history behind these boardwalks, and […]

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Top Down Construction and the Impact on Local Environments

Bridge construction is complex and requires that the crew carefully plans and executes the bridge design. Through using sustainable materials, incorporating proper drainage, and other methods, bridge constructors can lessen the impact to the environment. Another method of reducing environmental impact is through using top down construction. This process builds a bridge or boardwalk starting from the top and working downwards, while traditional techniques start at the ground. Top down construction’s environmental impact is minimal because it doesn’t disturb the ground as much as traditional construction, but there are other benefits as well. Improved Safety Measures Safety is important for […]

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Preserving Coastal Habitats

There is more to coastal habitats than their beauty and a way for people to enjoy nature. Mangroves, marshes, coral reefs, and dunes are vital ecosystems that sustain ocean life. They also lessen the impact of climate change by storing carbon, absorbing farm runoff, protecting the shoreline from the effects of storms, and more. However, coastal habitats are in danger from human activities like coastal development, and while they can absorb some of the impact of climate change, that also puts them at risk. Preserving these valuable environments means using a combination of strategies. Raising Awareness One of the most […]

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Bridge Construction Safety – What You Should Know

Bridge constructors are always concerned with safety. It is a top priority for us as we’re designing the bridge and during construction. The complex engineering used in bridges means that there are significant risks for workers and any visitors to the worksite. As Accredited Quality Contractors (ACQs), Nature Bridges adheres to construction safety guidelines from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Planning and Training Nature Bridges maintains a comprehensive safety plan for our work, and we customize it for every construction project. When creating each plan, we do the following: As part of planning for a project, Nature Bridges knows that […]

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Unique Bridge Designs from Around the World

Thousands of years ago, the first bridges were simple wooden structures, usually over a stream or river. Over the years, bridges have evolved into increasingly complex designs that take form and function into account. The primary concern of bridge designers is always safety, but many designers have created intricate or artistic designs that are unique and beautiful. While there are many unique bridge designs, here are a few that stand out in different ways. Living Root Bridges PJeganathan, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons In India, over 100 incredible natural bridges have been made in the region of Meghalaya. […]

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Boardwalk Foundation Considerations

Every boardwalk owner is different, as is every boardwalk. Many people think that the reason for most of those differences is the designer’s style and the owner’s personal opinion of materials. That is one consideration, but the designer doesn’t design a boardwalk based only on style preferences. There are many other factors put into creating the perfect boardwalk for an area. The most important is functionality, and part of that is finding the right type of foundation. Several foundation materials can be used in boardwalk construction, such as wood, fiberglass, and concrete. The foundation can also be deep or shallow. […]

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Green Bridge Construction: What It Means

Green building, including for bridge construction companies, means building in a sustainable way. It’s a common misconception that green building is expensive, though it does help protect the environment. However, there are many advantages, and sustainability is about more than just adding expense to a construction project. Advantages and Methods Bridge construction companies – especially those that specialize in working in environmentally sensitive areas – know the impact of using global resources. As an industry, construction companies have updated building practices to reduce the effects on the environment and reduce waste while building. Using renewable materials, reducing waste, and reducing […]

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Planting Around Your Wooden Structure

Spring is an amazing time of the year for planting. Greenery and colorful flowers can enhance your yard, both so you can enjoy it better and to increase the value if you choose to sell it later. Whether you’re planting around the foundation of your home or near a deck, gazebo, or other structure, there are some things you need to keep in mind. Choose the Right Plants for Your Area Many people choose plants only based on how they look. When searching for new flowers or shrubbery for your yard, you should also consider whether the plant will thrive […]

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