Design of Steel Bridges

Online /
Oct 28 - 30, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1012-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (will include usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Select an efficient structure for different bridge configurations
  • Provide cost-effective solutions for bridge construction
  • Evaluate loads and load combinations
  • Determine dynamic loading, including seismic factors
  • Prepare a detailed design for all steel bridge components

Bridges are the most important part of transportation infrastructure. The design, development and worldwide construction of bridges represent the most challenging achievements in civil engineering. This course presents the structural design of steel bridges and covers both superstructures and substructures. An overview of the analysis and design of different short, medium and long-span bridges will be covered.

The course provides the basic principles of strength, serviceability, fatigue analysis, redundancy and load path, and seismic analysis. Numerous examples and case studies are presented in detail for highway and railway bridges.

Course Outline

  • Bridge engineering overview
  • Bridge main components
  • Steel bridges-introduction
  • Steel Bridges-selecting the bridge types
  • Highway and railway bridge design loads (CHBDC and AREMA standards)
  • Composite construction applications in bridge decks
  • Steel bridge redundancy
  • Fracture control and fatigue
  • Seismic design
  • Modelling for non-linear seismic analysis
  • Long span bridge presentations: cable stay and suspension bridges
  • Major rehabilitation of steel bridges - case studies
  • Design Example 1 : Three-Span Composite I Girder Bridge
  • Design Example 2 : Trough Plate Girder Railway Bridge

Who Should Attend
Highway Agency Managers and Engineers • Railway Bridge Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Structural Engineers • Design Engineers • Superintendents • Contractors • Fabricators • Construction Foremen • Material Suppliers

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

  • Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method
  • Steel Bridge Main Components
  • Selecting the Bridge Type
  • Highway & Railway Bridge Design Loads
  • Highway & Railway Steel Bridge Examples
  • Steel Bridge Redundancy

Day II

  • Composite Construction in Bridge Decks
  • Seismic Design
  • Introduction to modelling for non-linear seismic analysis


  • Long Span Bridge Presentations: Cable Stay & Suspension Bridges
  • Major Rehabilitation of Steel Bridges – Case Studies
  • Design Example 1: Two-Span Composite I Girder Bridge (superstructure and substructure)
  • Design Example 2: Trough Plate Girder Railway Bridge (superstructure and substructure)
  • Open Forum
  • Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Adel R. Zaki, P.Eng.

Adel R. Zaki is the Chief Engineer of bridges and structures with SNC-Lavalin. In his 40 years in civil engineering practice, Mr. Zaki has been engaged by Canada’s foremost engineering consulting firms, becoming an expert in the design and management for major bridge projects in North America and internationally.

In 1995, the World Bank recognized Mr. Zaki as an international specialist for his professional services in planning, project management and the design of railway and highway infrastructures.

Mr. Zaki has published more than twenty technical papers on bridges and received merit awards from the CSCE, the ACI, and the PCI. He is a member of numerous associations and committees including Professional Engineers Ontario, Order of Engineers of Quebec, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, Transportation Research Board, Technical Committee of the CSA Bridge Code S6, and the International Association of Bridges and Structures.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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