Introduction to Bridges


The course provides an introduction to how bridge concept solutions are developed from first principles and provides information on the key issues needing consideration.

Aims & Objectives:

On completion of the course delegates will:

  • Have an appreciation of the types of bridge suitable for a chosen span
  • Know how bridge scheme proposals should be defined and checked
  • Be able to select typical forms of construction
  • Understand the types of loading to be applied
  • Have an appreciation of the whole life performance requirements

Course Outline:

  • Factors Affecting the Choice of Bridge
  • Aesthetics and What is Good Design?
  • Types of Bridge
  • Concept Exercise
  • Overview of Design Standards
  • Types of Loading
  • Approval and Checking Procedures – for Highways and Railways
  • Typical Bridge Elements
  • Superstructure Types
  • Substructure Types
  • Durability and Performance
  • Case Study with exercises
  • Conclusions

Mode of Delivery:

The course is an interactive training day and consists of presentations with practical design exercises.

Intended For:

The course intended as an introduction to the subject for graduate engineers and would also be suited to those with more experience in design but perhaps new to the field of bridges