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Course details

Covers the basic elements of bridge terminology, types, mechanics and safety aspects.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - Bridge Terminology

  • List some of the hand and power tools used in the trade.
  • List and describe various scaffolding components.
  • Describe why piling is used in bridge foundations.
  • Explain the difference between end bearing piles and friction piles
  • Sketch and identify the components of timber bridge.
  • Identify the principal components of steel and concrete bridges.
  • Explain the purpose of bridge rails.
  • Explain why deck joints are necessary.

Module 2 - Bridge Maintenance

  • Describe in terms dead load, primary live load and secondary load and give examples of each.
  • Explain the terms force, stress and strain.
  • Explain the difference between creep and fatigue.
  • Explain the difference between ductile and brittle fractures.
  • Describe how loads on a bridge affect deflection, shear forces and bending moments in simple spans continuous spans and cantilever spans.
  • Explain the term redundancy with respect to bridges.

Module 3-- Bridge Maintenance

  • List three main components of most bridges.
  • Differentiate between the terms: bridge, overpass, underpass, separation, flyover and overhead.
  • State the purpose of function of each of the following: deck, superstructure and substructure.
  • Identify common bridge span types and discuss characteristics applicable to each type.

Module 4 - Safety

  • Itemize the articles of clothing and personal safety equipment common to workers on bridge construction and maintenance.
  • List a work organization procedure.
  • Check ladders and scaffolding components for structural soundness.

Module 5 - Site Planning & Preparation

  • State the two categories of work areas.
  • Evaluate and plan sites for access and for work and storage areas.
  • Determine the methods of construction.
  • Locate survey datum from drawings.

Module 6- Stream Channels

  • List the stream bed characteristics that have an effect upon methods of construction.
  • Define Natural and Designed stream beds.
  • List the different types of materials used for stream channel construction and protection.
  • Define 'scour' and describe how this condition can be remedied.
  • Define 'build-up' and describe its usual cause.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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