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CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES, { ELEVATED ROADWAYS} OR VIADUCTS; ASSEMBLY OF BRIDGES (bridges extending between terminal buildings and aircraft for embarking or disembarking passengers B64F 1/305; { tracks for special kinds of railways E01B 25/00; culverts E01F 5/005} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Spanning structures, e.g. railway bridges, for allowing traffic, e.g. pedestrians, automobiles, trains, to travel across naturally occurring obstructions, e.g. gorges, bodies of water, or over man-made obstacles, e.g. roads, canals. Each spanning structure including obstruction or obstacle traversing structure that provides a passageway for traffic and links or is held up by:

  • one or more supports supported by the surface of the earth, e.g. arch-type bridges with end supports, lift-type brides with single main support, portable-type bridges with wheeled support; or
  • one or more buoyant supports which contact a fluid type obstruction or obstacle being crossed, e.g. floating-type bridges with buoyant support.

Spanning structures used for purposes other than carrying traffic, e.g. aqueducts, that are structurally similar to spanning structures for traffic and traverse the same types of obstructions and obstacles.

Specially adapted components for use in spanning structures, e.g. suspension cable clamps.

Accessories or ancillary devices specially adapted for use with spanning structures. e.g. drawbridge gates that are actuated when the span moves.

Methods specially adapted for constructing spanning structures, e.g. specially adapted bridge erecting or assembling techniques.

Methods specially adapted for restoring damaged, e.g. replacing dilapidated decking, or structurally augmenting, e.g. strengthening existing component to allow increased traffic load, existing spanning structures.

Methods specially adapted for demolishing or dismantling spanning structures.

Apparatus specially adapted for constructing, restoring, augmenting, or demolishing spanning structures.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Highways or trackways for toys that may include bridges
Model railway bridges
Arrangement of ship based onboard ramps or gangways
Bridges extending between terminal buildings and aircraft for embarking or disembarking
Loading ramps
B65G96/28
Supports that may include structure for spanning a road and supporting electric lines or communication cable going to overhead road signs or traffic signals
Floating tunnels or submerged bridge-like tunnels
Laying or reclaiming pipes; Repairing or joining pipes on or under water
Supports for pipes, cables or protective tubing
Floating power or information cables
Overhead installations of electric lines or cables
Installations of electric cables or lines in or on the ground or water
Installations of electric cables or lines in or upon bodies of water that are supported by floats
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Constructions in general and structures which are not restricted to walls
Wrecking of buildings in general
Towers, masts, poles and methods of erecting such structures
Flexible rubber or plastic pipes that are buoyant
Pipeline systems for gases, liquids or viscous products
Demolition of tall structures
Special rules of classification within this subclass

Relevant information with respect to the material constitution of bridges, i.e. wood, concrete, stone or stone-like, metal and plastic are additionally classified in E01D 2101/00.

Bridges in general (characterised by their structural type E01D 4/00 to E01D 15/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Bridges not covered by any of the other types of bridges

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Arch-type bridges
Truss-type bridges
Suspension or cable stay bridges
Suspension ferries
E01D13/00
Movable or portable bridges
Bridges characterised by the cross-section of their bearing spanning structure
Special rules of classification within this group

Bridges having a cross section like e.g. I-beam, T-beam or boxgirder type. E01D 4/00 to E01D 15/00 take precedence.

Truss-type bridges
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Bridge composed of connected elements (typically straight) which may be stressed from tension or compression.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Portable bridges, like Bailey bridges
Suspension or cable-stayed bridges
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Bridges where the deck is supported by cables.

Bridges characterised by a combination of structures not covered as a whole by a single one of groups E01D 2/00 to E01D 11/00
Relationship between large subject matter areas

This group is not used.

Movable or portable bridges; Floating bridges
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Movable bridges for allowing passing of (waterborne) traffic, e.g. lift, swing, travelling or bascule bridges. Portable bridges being mainly temporary or military bridges.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Arrangement of ship-based outboard ramps or gangways
Loading ramps in general
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Floating bodies or pontoons
Inflatable or unreelable girders; folding or telescopic girders
Structural or constructional details of bridges
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Constructional details not necessarily related to types of bridges.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Road joints
Protection of piers against colliding vehicles
Foundations
Sealing joints not restricted to joints for bridges; expansion joints for buildings in general
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Guards barriers in general
Insulation for buildings in general
Sleepers in general
Flooring in general
Roof drainage
Methods or apparatus specially adapted for erecting or assembling bridges
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Methods or apparatus specially adapted for erecting or assembling bridges

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Assembling, placing or erecting temporary bridges
Methods or apparatus for repairing or strengthening existing bridges { (electrochemical desalination or re-alkalisation C04B 41/00) ; Methods or apparatus for dismantling bridges}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Repairing, strengthening or dismantling brides.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Electrochemical desalination or re-alkalisation
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Repairing buildings in general
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