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Accelerate Your Bridge Engineering Career

Do you aspire to lead in the field of bridge engineering? If so, the Context Sensitive Conceptual Bridge Design course delivered in a three part series is a potent tool to fuel your ambition. This course is meticulously designed to give a holistic approach to developing bridge concepts that best fit the intended context. Here's what you can expect from this transformative course.

What's in the Course?

The course delves into the art of crafting solutions that achieve the owner's objectives, while efficiently managing influences from technical, multi-discipline, construction, and site challenges. It offers a practical and cost-effective approach to conceptual designs, with a strong emphasis on constructability. The course encourages a first principle, rules-of-thumb, and hand-calculation based approach in sizing components. It also includes a module presented by Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC) on professional practice and quality management guidelines.

The course concludes with relevant case studies in part three. These utilize hypothetical sites with real-world challenges. Instructors guide you through the process of developing conceptual designs for each site, addressing constraints. They use a multi-account evaluation approach to rate and select the preferred option. This procedure is especially beneficial for engineers who work with or for provincial and municipal clients. These clients typically encounter various stakeholder concerns and site limitations during the development of highway infrastructure.

Who is it for?

The course is particularly beneficial for fresh entrants and engineers in the first phase (0-8 years) of their bridge engineering career. It provides an introduction to the design philosophy that bridge codes follow, the various bridge elements and their functions, and the primary design considerations.

How Does it Help Your Bridge Engineering Career?

In the field of bridge engineering, only a select few lead in conceptual development. The majority of engineers focus on production engineering, assembling calculations and drawings. This course addresses the notion that "many engineers can design, but few can create meaningful concepts."

See the video below from instructor Saqib Khan, Principal Engineer at Spannovation who discusses the analysis-design cycle and the importance of developing engineering judgment and a sense of proportioning for bridge structures early in your career.

Developing the skills to generate concepts from scratch requires years of quality mentorship. This course equips you with the appropriate mindset and specialized training, enabling you to reach your full potential in bridge engineering. If your goal is to become a top-level bridge design engineer, the core curriculum will initially focus on bridge design and interdisciplinary influences. This is supplemented with knowledge of construction techniques and the development of ideas from the ground up. The objective is to efficiently address project challenges and adapt to site constraints. This course aims to train you to become a creative engineer.

Certification and Course Material

Upon successful completion, the course provides 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). The course presentations and design spreadsheets are available for download and future reference.

In conclusion, the Context Sensitive Conceptual Bridge Design course is an excellent investment for those committed to advancing their careers in bridge engineering. It offers a comprehensive, practical, and insightful approach to bridge design, making it a must-have resource for aspiring bridge engineers.

The course consists of three parts and delivered by seasoned bridge engineers with over 20 years of experience in the industry. You can take each part individually or as combined bundles. Upon successful completion, you'll be able to download the course material. Visit the course's landing page by clicking here.

All lectures are pre-recorded, allowing you to learn at your own pace. There is an extensive collection of quiz questions to assess your understanding. This means new questions will appear each time you retake a quiz.

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