NEES Connector (image) Purdue University Caption This graphic illustrates a new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges, called "bents," to improve performance for better resistance to earthquakes, less damage and faster on-site construction. The faster construction is achieved by prefabricating the columns and beams off site and later erecting and connecting them quickly at the construction site. Credit (University of Washington, Seattle/NEES photo) -- A publication-quality graphic is available at http://www.purdue.edu/uns/images/2014/nees-connector.jpg. Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.