Creating the Buchanan County Bridge Design with eSPAN140

Among the first steps that Buchanan County Engineer Brian Keierleber took in the development of the new bridge in Jesup, Iowa was to create a design using eSPAN140, the free design tool from the SSSBA.   He entered information about the bridge, including span length, number of striped traffic lanes, skew angle and design speed, among other requirements.


Three steps to a short span steel bridge design with eSPAN140.

After he entered all the information and submitted it through the online eSPAN140 system, he received a customized “Steel Bridge Solutions book as a PDF download.  Following are selected pages from the eSPAN140 solutions book.  Download the entire Solutions book PDF here.

Click here to send an email to Brian to ask any questions. 

Check out the live webcam here.

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About Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder is director of the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA), where he works with SSSBA members to educate, inform and promote the many advantages of using steel for short span bridges including cost-effectiveness, time-saving bridge designs and life cycle analysis advantages. He is a digital marketing enthusiast, appreciating both the creative side of the process as well as the science behind it, and provides regular updates via his Pull Marketer blog at Dan can be contacted at
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