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Author
Isohata, Hiroshi
Title
Historical Study on the Development of Bridge Technology and Western Influence in Modern Japan
In
First International and Eighth Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 1996: Shaping Our Future; Proceedings
Imprint
Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 1996, pp. 49-55
ISBN/ISSN
0858256614
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=624818832414386;res=IELENG
Abstract

With the opening of the country brought about by the Meiji Restoration of 1868, modern bridge building in Japan got off to start with a full assimilation of Western technology. In this paper, with a comparison of bridge technologies between conventional and modern ones, the direction and the characteristics of modernization of Japanese bridge technology has been examined. The development of modern Japanese bridge technology was driven by changes in design concepts which occurred as a consequence of an awareness of the advanced state of western bridge technology, the superiority of iron as structural use and structural rationality against heavy load for railway bridges.

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