ENG09009 2016 Structural Assessment and Inspection

General Details

Full Title
Structural Assessment and Inspection
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian McCann, Tomas O Flaherty
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_M09 201600 Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EROAD_N09 201600 Certificate in Engineering Road Maintenance Engineering and Network Management SG_EROAD_O09 201600 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering

This module requires the learner to identify, appraise and critically evaluate bridge management systems and structural inspection and assessment techniques for bridges and associated infrastructure. In addition, the learner will be required to apply and evaluate these techniques in the assessment and inspection of the existing bridge stock.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Derive an understanding of bridge construction history, bridge types and construction techniques, including masonry arch construction, reinforced and prestressed concrete, and steel and composite construction.


Critically assess and evaluate bridge management systems, including appraising and advising on any limitations associated with the management systems and bridge inspection, assessment, and maintenance strategies.


Evaluate, select and apply appropriate bridge (and associated structures) inspection and assessment techniques to determine appropriate data for the design of appropriate maintenance strategies, repair and strengthening of bridges.


Critically evaluate the application of bridge (and associated structures) repair, strengthening and modification techniques for concrete, steel and masonry bridges and asses their evironmental and heritage implications.


Effectively collaborate and communicate with others in the inspection and assessment of bridges (and associated structures).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will consist of lectures supported by learning through group and individual projects to further develop expertise in topics.

Module Assessment Strategies

A terminal exam and continuous assessment in the form of group and individual project work will be used to assess the module.

To reinforce the theoretical principles covered in lectures, learners will participate in project work.

Peer assessment will be incoporated into marks awarded for all project work, where possible, to encourage learning, effective planning and sharing of workload.

The learner will complete a final exam at the end of the semester.

The learner is required to pass both the terminal exam and the continuous assessment components of the module.

Repeat Assessments

Learners will be required to resubmit continuous assessment and/or final exam, as appropriate:

  1. A learner that fails the terminal examination but passes the continuous assessment will be required to retake the end of semester examination only.
  2. A learner who fails the continuous assessment element of the module but passes the final examination will be required resubmit the continuous assessment only for assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Bridge construction history, bridge types and construction techniques.
  2. Bridge Management Systems, maintenance strategies, whole-life costing and asset mangement.
  3. Environmental management and assesssment including heritage aspects.
  4. Bridge (and associated structures) Inspection & Condition rating e.g. Eirspan.
  5. Bridge (and associated structures) Assessment and Evaluation.
  6. Non destructive testing, load testing, and stress monitoring of bridges (and associated structures).
  7. Durability and protection of bridges (and associated structures).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Existing Bridge Inspection & Assessment Group Project Work Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5
2 Individual Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Terminal Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Project Learning 6.0 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.33 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Chen & Duan 1999. Bridge engineering handbook. CRC Press.

ICE, 2008. Manual of Bridge Engineering. Thomas Telford.

ICE, 2007. Bridge Design, Construction and Maintenance. Thomas Telford.

Reid. 2009. Concrete bridge strengthening and repair. Thomas Telford.

Reid, Milne & Craig. 2001. Concrete bridge strengthening and repair. Thomas Telford.

Ryall. 2010. Bridge Management. Butterworth-Heineman.

Troyana. 2003. Bridge Engineering a Global Perspective. Thomas Telford.

Zhao & Tonias. 2012. Bridge Engineering: Design, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance of Modern Highway Bridges.


NSAI Structural Eurocodes:

  • EN1990: Basis of Structural Design.
  • EN1991: Actions on Structures.
  • EN 1992: Design of Concrete Structures.
  • EN 1993: Design of Steel Structure.
  • EN 1994: Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures.
  • EN 1997: Geotechnical Design


Structural Eurocode guides:

Calgaro. 2010. Designers' guide to Eurocode 1: Actions on bridges, Thomas Telford.

Hendy & Smith. 2007. Designers' guide to EN 1992-2. Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures. Part 2: Concrete bridges. Thomas Telford.

Hendy & Murphy. 2007. Designers' guide to EN 1993-2 Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures. Part 2: Steel Bridges, Thomas Telford.

Hendy & Johnson. 2006. Designers' Guide to EN 1994-2. Eurocode 4: Design of composite steel and concrete structures. Part 2: General rules and rules for bridges, Thomas Telford.

URL Resources

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) documentation (Formerly NRA) - http://www.tiipublications.ie/

UK Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) - http://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/ha/standards/dmrb/vol3/index.htm