Structural Rehabilitation of Bridges

Online /
Apr 30 - May 3, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0421-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 4:15 pm Eastern

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

  • Have a better understanding of the application of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code
  • Apply state-of-the-art and innovative techniques for bridge rehabilitation and strengthening
  • Boost your technical library with numerical examples for bridge evaluation and rehabilitation

Bridges need to be rehabilitated for causes such as deterioration due to environmental effects, deficiencies in the original design or construction or the need to carry heavier vehicular loads. Those responsible for maintaining bridges need to keep abreast of the latest techniques available for assessing the condition of their structures, as well as the methods and techniques for repairing or strengthening them.

You will focus on the technical aspects of bridge rehabilitation, such as the use of bridge inspection equipment, condition survey procedures and the latest practical methods for repairing and strengthening existing bridges. The course will provide excellent exposure to the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.

Program Outline

  • Typical damage to bridge structures
  • CHBDC assessment and evaluation techniques
  • Bridge condition assessment
  • Rehabilitation of concrete and concrete-steel bridge superstructures
  • Use of FPP composites in rehabilitation

Who Should Attend
Bridge rehabilitation Engineers • Structural Designers and Inspectors • Managers • Consulting Engineers • Superintendents and Contractors • Fabricators and material suppliers • Material testing personnel • Regulatory Agency staff

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Time: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM Eastern Time

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Typical Damage to Bridge Structures

  • Factors leading to bridge deterioration
  • Typical damage in the concrete bridge superstructure
  • Typical damage in steel and composite concrete-steel bridge superstructure
  • Typical damage in bridge piers and abutments

CHBDC Assessment and Evaluation Techniques

  • Need for evaluation
  • Live Load capacity method for bridge evaluation
  • Material strengths for as-per-condition inspection
  • Equivalent material strengths from tests of samples or from the date of bridge construction
  • Permanent loads and transitory loads for bridge evaluation

Bridge Condition Assessment

  • Visual inspection
  • Non-destructive testing methods
  • Destructive testing methods
  • Visual inspection
  • Non-destructive testing methods
  • Destructive testing methods

Rehabilitation of Concrete Bridge Superstructures

  • Classification of repair techniques and materials
  • Surface repair
  • Crack repair
  • Strengthening of superstructure: by enlargement of cross-sections, redistribution of internal forces, installation of additional members, lightening member sizes, prestressing, external plating, and change in the structural system.
  • FRP Composites for Bridge Infrastructure Rehabilitation: FRP composites, physical and mechanical properties, installation of FRP strengthening systems
  • FPP Composites For Bridge Infrastructure Rehabilitation: mechanics for flexural and shear, design consideration for flexural and shear

Rehabilitation of Steel and Composite Concrete-Steel Bridge Superstructures

  • Classification of repair techniques and materials
  • Corrosion removal and surface cleaning
  • Anticorrosion protection (coating)
  • Repair of deformed structural members (Heat Strengthening Techniques)
  • Strengthening of the superstructure by section enlargement, installation of additional members, external post-tensioning, change of the structural system, and by replacement of structural members
  • Solved examples and case studies

Rehabilitation of Bridge Substructures

  • Special problems of substructure
  • Rehabilitation and strengthening of bridge abutments
  • Rehabilitation and strengthening of bridge piers
  • Rehabilitation of bridge foundations
  • Use of FPP Composites in rehabilitation:
    • Mechanics for confinement strengthening with FRPs, design consideration for confinement strengthening with FRPs.
    • Solved example


Khaled Sennah, P.Eng., P.E., FCSCE, FEIC, FCAE, FIAAM

Khaled is a Full Professor of Structural Engineering at Ryerson University. He has over 37 years of research, teaching and industrial experience in structural engineering, with particular emphasis on bridges. He designed and shared in the design of major multimillion-dollar projects in the United States of America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

His core area of expertise includes design, evaluation, retrofit, and rehabilitation of bridge infrastructure on which he published more than 270 publications. Recently, he received the 2013 A.B. Sanderson Award given to ”recognize outstanding contributions by a civil engineer to the development and practice of structural engineering in Canada from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the 2002 state-of-the-art of Civil Engineering Award, and the 1999 Arthur Wellington Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, and the 2020 and 1997 P. L. Pratley Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CSCE, for best journal papers on Bridge Engineering.

In recognition of his long-term achievements, he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) in 2011, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in 2016, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in 2017, and a Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM), in recognition for his contribution to “Innovative Solutions in Structural Design and Construction” in 2022.

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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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