Course NumberCE-02-401
PDH Hours4
Bridge Design - Loads and Load Combinations

Bridge Design – Loads and Load Combinations

Properly identifying bridge loading is fundamental to the design of each component. Bridge design is iterative in the sense that member sizes are a function of loads and loads are a function of member sizes. It is, therefore, necessary to begin by proportioning members based on prior experience and then adjusting for actual loads and bridge geometry.

This course summarizes the loads to be applied to bridges specified in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, 6th Edition (AASHTO, 2012) and the California Amendments to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (CA) (Caltrans, 2014). It presents examples of permanent load, transient load, and load distribution for beam-slab bridges.

This course presents the following useful information to help you to determine if it is suitable for your continuing education needs. Please review this carefully to ensure you receive useful and beneficial information.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Load definitions
  • Permanent load application
  • Transient load application
  • Load distribution for beam-slab bridges

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We provide technical courses for PDH credits that meet Board requirements for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors. This course is guaranteed to be accepted in PA. Other state boards may accept this course because much of the content is broad in nature and applicable beyond the State of Pennsylvania. Before purchasing this course, please confirm that it will be accepted by your state Board.