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Switching from Buildings to Bridges

Switching from Buildings to Bridges

Switching from Buildings to Bridges

(OP)
I am thinking of maybe switching from building design to bridge design in terms of structural engineering.  If I could get the opportunity to do so, should I expect a pay cut?  Also, do you think the transition from buildings to bridges is difficult to do due to each being a specialize?

Thanks

K.

The resisant virtues of the structure that we seek depend on their form; it is through their form that they are stable, not  because of an awkward accumulation of material.  There is nothing more noble and elegant from an intellectual viewpoint than this: to resist through form.  Eladio Dieste

RE: Switching from Buildings to Bridges

I switched from bridges to buildings and they are completely different professions. Depending on how many years you have in building design, I would suspect a pay cut.

If you are planning on designing typical concrete/steel highway bridges, I think you will find the transition fairly easy.


Why do you want to design bridges?  How many years do you have in buildings?


   

RE: Switching from Buildings to Bridges

Do you really want to be responsible for the behemoth that is the AASHTO LRFD specification?

Here is an old thread on the topic.  If you search, I am pretty sure that it has been discussed other times as well.

http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=207593

RE: Switching from Buildings to Bridges

(OP)
I have about 5 1/2 years in buildings.  It has been a struggle between finding a descent job in that field.  I have ethical issues at my place of employment and this is the second time it has happen to me.  I think bridge may be different since it is reviewed under the DOT.  Here, I am just producing a product like a factory worker and there is no quality control and responsibility is shifted on the design engineer who may or may not have the experience to do a job.

The resisant virtues of the structure that we seek depend on their form; it is through their form that they are stable, not  because of an awkward accumulation of material.  There is nothing more noble and elegant from an intellectual viewpoint than this: to resist through form.  Eladio Dieste

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