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San Francisco's New Bay Bridge Is Open For Business

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is finally complete.

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The new bridge is the world’s longest self-anchoring suspension bridge

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This design includes innovative “shear link” beams and “hinge-pipe” beams which act as shock absorbers, and will enable the bridge to withstand the largest plausible earthquake for the next 1,500 years.

Before being built, the bridge was modeled in 4 dimensions

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The bridge was modeled, simulated and analyzed in 3D and the phasing of the construction was modeled in the fourth dimension: time.

This will be the largest public works project in California

California Department of Transportation

Costing approximately $6.4 billion and spanning 2.2 miles, the new eastern span will be making California history.

42,000 hours of construction work in four minutes

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To learn more about the Bay Bridge and the software used in its design and construction, visit the Autodesk Gallery.