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Learn Step by Step Development of Bridge Replacement Solutions

Updated: Mar 20

In the world of engineering, the ability to see the bigger picture and apply knowledge across various scenarios is crucial. The Context Sensitive Conceptual Bridge Design course series does exactly that. The third installment of this series takes the learnings from the first two courses and applies them into real-life simulations, offering an invaluable experience for aspiring and experienced engineers alike.


Over a span of four weeks, the course guides you through the step-by-step development of concepts, the shortlisting of viable alternatives, and the execution of conceptual designs. The course is designed to accommodate a wide range of experience, making it suitable for those with 0 to 9 years of Bridge Engineering experience. With 20 lessons and 13 hours of instruction, the course goes beyond theoretical knowledge, allowing you to experience the decision-making process involved in real-world projects.


Two fictitious projects, each with their unique set of constraints and challenges, form the basis of this learning experience. One project follows a traditional design-bid-build procurement, while the other utilizes an alternative design-build procurement. This dual approach provides a well-rounded view of the various challenges faced in the industry.


Shanders River Bridge site plan with various constraints
Shanders River Bridge site plan with various constraints

The first project, the Shanders River Bridge Replacement, involves the replacement design of an existing bridge along a busy provincial highway. The bridge, which has reached the end of its service life and has functional limitations, crosses an environmentally sensitive river. The project jostles with constraints such as property right-of-ways, existing utilities and maintaining traffic flow during construction and is procured through a conventional design-bid-build approach. The course walks you through the various stages of conceptual design, options evaluation, and finalizing the preferred option.


The second project is the Peace Bridge Replacement. This involves replacing an existing two lane bridge that links the northern and southern parts of a city, crossing a national highway and railway lines with a wider bridge that carries four lanes and a sidewalk. Procured through a design-build method, this project has its own challenges. These include railway and property constraints, accommodating future highway expansion, connecting the expanded bridge to the existing roadway alignment, and maintaining a two-lane traffic flow during construction.


Peace Bridge site plan showing existing bridge and the project ROW, with the future highway expansion and railway lines underneath
Peace Bridge site plan showing existing bridge and the project ROW

Upon successful completion of the course, you receive a certificate representing 14 PDH/CPD hours. But beyond the certificate, the real value of this course lies in its practical approach to learning. By simulating real-world challenges, the course equips you with the skills to lead the development of bridge concepts and solutions, making you a valuable asset in the world of Bridge Engineering.


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