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Course details

Covers the various components of a bridge structure including timber trusses, concrete, reinforcing steel, deckjoints, bridge rails, etc.




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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 7 - Piling

  • State the reasons for using piles.
  • State the two main reactions between soils and piling.
  • State the methods of handling various types of piling.
  • Describe the steps taken to prepare piling for driving.
  • State the signs of pile distress during driving.
  • Describe the common types of pile driving equipment.
  • State the necessity for the construction of templates.
  • Describe the procedure for proper lead alignment.
  • Describe determination of absolute refusal.
  • Describe the procedure for capping timber piles.

Module 8 - Log Cribs and Log Stringer Bridges

  • Describe the uses for log cribs and log stringer bridges.
  • Describe how to construct a log crib abutment.
  • Define the terms used in the construction of log stringer bridges.
  • Describe how to build a log stringer bridge.

Module 9 - Timber Construction of Piers, Bents and Trestles

  • Describe the difference between a timber pier and a timber bent.
  • List the purposes of timber piers and bents.
  • State the pile driving procedures relative to timber pier and bent construction.
  • State the pile cut-off procedures.
  • State the framing procedures for timber pier and bent construction.
  • List specific repair procedures for pier components.
  • List the framing procedures for the construction of timber trestles.
  • Describe the layout and installation of timber stringers.
  • Describe the stringer fastening procedures.
  • Describe decking procedures.

Module 10 - Timber Trusses

  • List and describe the components on a timber truss.
  • State the function of each component.
  • Describe the techniques for replacing the various components.
  • Describe how temporary props can be used to support a truss during repair.

Module 11 - Concrete

  • State the basic requirements of aggregate production.
  • List five common types of cement and describe their uses.
  • List common admixtures and describe their uses.
  • Describe types of equipment used for batching and mixing concrete.
  • Describe common placing techniques.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of various placing methods.
  • Describe the necessity for consolidation and the proper method of vibration.
  • Describe what is meant by curing and how it is achieved.

Module 12 - Reinforcing Steel

  • State the purpose of steel reinforcement.
  • State the function of stirrups and temperature steel.
  • Describe the physical properties and dimensions of reinforcing steel.
  • Describe proper handling and storage techniques.
  • State the purpose of tying and describe the basic tying systems.
  • Describe the benefits of assembling reinforcing steel in place.
  • Describe the benefits of pre-assembly.
  • Describe the procedure for a pre-pour inspection.
  • Describe the use and handling requirements of epoxy coated reinforcing steel.

Module 13 - Formwork for Concrete

  • List the contributing factors affecting hydrostatic pressure and describe the effect each has on the lateral pressure exerted on the formwork by the concrete.
  • List and describe other loads that must be considered in the design of formwork.
  • Discuss the applications of the various formwork materials.
  • List and describe the components of wall forms, column forms, beam forms and deck forms.
  • Discuss the advantages of prefabricating formwork.
  • Describe the use of form release agents.
  • Describe how to locate forms accurately before and during concrete pours.
  • List potential causes of form failure.

Module 14 - Deck Joints

  • State the purposes of deck joints.
  • List the components of fixed joints.
  • List the components of various types of expansion joints.
  • Describe the method of deck joint installation.
  • State the inspection and maintenance requirements of deck joints.

Module 15 - Bridge Rails

  • Describe the components of timber rails.
  • Describe the components of concrete and/or steel railings.
  • Describe the repair methods used for both steel and concrete anchorages, posts and rails.
  • Describe the components of aluminum rail systems.

Module 16 - Bailey/Acrow Bridges

  • Describe each component and its use in a Bailey Bridge.
  • Describe the more common Bailey combinations.
  • Describe the layout of the launching rollers.
  • Describe the purpose of the launching nose and how it is assembled.
  • Describe the jacking down procedures.
  • Describe the decking techniques.
  • Describe how to inspect a Bailey Bridge.
  • Describe the procedure for removing a Bailey Bridge.
  • Describe how to inspect individual components during disassembly.
  • Describe how components should be stored.
  • Describe the main differences between Bailey and Acrow panel bridges.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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