ENG09018 2016 Bridge Structures

General Details

Full Title
Bridge Structures
Transcript Title
Bridge Structures
N/A %
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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Brian McCann, Tomas O Flaherty

The module develops the learners knowledge in a number of key topics in the field of bridge engineering including  conceptual and preliminary design of bridges, bridge aesthetics, bridge analysis, and detailed design methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop appropriate bridge solutions given planning, site, functional and aesthetic constraints.


Complete detailed design, analysis and specifications for bridge structures in steel and concrete.


Evaluate and implement appropriate structural analysis tools for the modelling of bridges and bridge components.


Evaluate and develop appropriate durability and protection details for bridge structures.


Effectively collaborate and communicate with others in the timely development of solutions to bridge design problems including reports, specifications and drawings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

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

Module Assessment Strategies

A terminal exam and continuous assessment in the form of group 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.

Module Dependencies

ENG09016 201600 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Indicative Syllabus

  1. History and aesthetic development of bridges.
  2. Bridge terminology and introductory concepts.
  3. Preliminary sizing, aesthetic requirements, and planning including highway interactions.
  4. Loading and load distributions.
  5. Substructure.
  6. Structural analysis fundamentals and modelling of bridges.
  7. Design and analysis of reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges.
  8. Design and analysis of steel bridges.
  9. Design and analysis of composite bridges.
  10. Bridge accessories and protection/durability.
  11. Drawing and specification preparation.

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 Group Project Project Group Project 20 % Week 4 1,5
2 Group Project Project Group Project 40 % Week 12 2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 6.83 Weekly 6.83
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 2.4 Once Per Semester 0.16
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.16 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.

Hambly, 1990. Bridge deck behaviour. CRC Press.

Hewson, 2003. Prestressed concrete bridges. Thomas Telford.

Rosignoli, 2002. Bridge launching. Thomas Telford.

Ryall. 2010. Bridge Management. Butterworth-Heineman.

Soubry. 2001. Bridge Detailing Guide. CIRIA

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) - http://www.tiipublications.ie/

Additional Information

Computer software for structural analysis and design of bridges and bridge elements will be available online to students. The software available will include OASYS and Limit State or similar and equivalent.