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Structurae is an on-line database containing works of structural and civil engineering of all kinds such as Bridges, High-rise buildings, towers, dams, etc. It is probably the largest and most comprehensive data base of this type and regarding this subject. As of April 2005, more than 16,000 structures illustrated by more than 35,000 images were contained in the database. Additionally, the database contains companies and persons (engineers, architects and builders) involved in the design or construction of the structures. A log bridge A bridge is a structure built to span a gorge, valley, road, railroad track, river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle. ...


The name structurae is based on the Latin word strūctūra which signifies the action or method of construction/building as well the result of that action.


Structurae is supported by contributions from hundreds of volunteers who share their data, information and images to the various entries. Most entries contain references from specialized journals and other sources.


The founder, Nicolas Janberg, is a Franco-German bridge engineer who decided to create Structurae in 1998 after creating a similar course home page while a teaching assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering at Princeton University. Princeton University, incorporated as The Trustees of Princeton University, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is the fourth-oldest institution to conduct higher education in the United States. ...


The Structurae database and web site are currently available in three languages -- English, French and German. The project is financed through on-line advertising & sponsoring as well as premium entries for companies and a product database. The website is composed of more than 100,000 individual pages programmed in ColdFusion, the database in MySQL. ColdFusion is a tag based language similar to HTML, generally recognized to be fairly easy for people coming straight from HTML to learn. ... David Axmark (left) and Michael Monty Widenius, Founders of MySQL AB, at a conference MySQL is a multithreaded, multi-user, SQL Database Management System (DBMS) with an estimated six million installations. ...


Structurae was based in idea and structure on the architecture database archINFORM which is considered a pioneering project in cataloging building data on the Internet. ArchINFORM is an online database for international architecture, originally emerging from records of interesting building projects from architecture students from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. ...


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Structurae [en]: Structures (195 words)
The engineering structures included in Structurae are first and foremost those which are necessary to establish lines of communication or transport, such as bridges, tunnels, dams, etc. But Structurae is also interested in those structures in which the civil or structural engineering aspect is very significant be it through the structure itself, its construction.
The new museum for Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart opens on 19 May 2006 so that visitors can now explore the exhibit as well as the unusual structure.
Use of Structurae graphics is prohibited without prior approval.
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