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Gasparini’s Research Credits Designer of Cabin John Bridge

Prof. Dario Gasparini, in conjunction with David A. Simmons of the Ohio Historical Society, has presented historical evidence showing Alfred L. Rives to be designer of the Cabin John Bridge. The research shows that Rives was in charge of both design and construction of this Civil War-era bridge just outside of Washington DC. Also known as the Union Arch Bridge, it is still the nation’s longest single-span masonry bridge. (Read more) (ASCE Publication)

Currently, Prof. Gasparini is preparing to receive the Moose Brook Bridge from Gorham, New Hampshire, as part of a research project sponsored by the Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service. The objectives of the research are to study the effects of humidity, temperature, and wood viscosity on the temporal loss of prestress and to improve rehabilitation technologies.