Steel Bridges – Design, Fabrication, Construction

Course Instructors

Gilbert Grondin, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Prior to joining AECOM in June 2012, Gilbert Grondin was professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta for 17 years. His research focused on the behavior of connections, fatigue of steel structures, steel plate walls and stiffened steel plates. He is a member of CSA-S16, CSA-G40.20/G40.21, the Research and chair of CSA-S6 steel structures sub-committee.

Jim Montgomery, Ph.D., P.Eng.

In 1973, Jim Montgomery graduated at the top of his class at the University of Alberta. After obtaining his post-graduate degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Montgomery joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta where he held positions as Assistant and Associate Professor from 1977 until 1981.

Jim has had an exemplary career that spans forty years. In 1981, Jim Montgomery became a principal in the structural engineering firm of Lamb McManus Associates Ltd. In 1988, he joined Cohos Evamy, who later changed their name to DIALOG. As Chief Engineer and a senior financial partner, as well as his experience as a structural engineering principal, for over more than 10 years, he led a broad cross-section of significant building, bridge and specialty engineering projects across Canada. Jim is currently a consultant to DIALOG.

Paul King, MS, P. Eng.

Paul is the Vice-President (Engineering) of Rapid-Span Structures Ltd. in Armstrong, BC; one of the leading bridge fabricators in western Canada. He brings with him 30 years experience in the design and fabrication of steel bridges; offering practical insight into economical solutions for steel bridge design.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Welding Engineering from Ohio State University. After graduating UBC, he worked in the consulting field for 3 years before joining Rapid-Span. Since 1992, he has overseen the engineering and quality departments at Rapid-Span; taking part in the design and fabrication of large and small steel bridges across Canada and around the world. His expertise includes steel design, welding engineering and bridge fabrication.

Terri Meyer Boake, BES, B.Arch, M.Arch, LEED AP

Terri Meyer Boake holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a post professional degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. She is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, as well as the President of the Building Technology Educators’ Society. Additionally, she is a LEED Accredited Professional in sustainable building.

Terri continues to promote the teaching of steel construction in schools of architecture across Canada. She has published several books, including “CISC Guide for Specifying Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel.”

Full Course Description

Steel is versatile, cost effective, resilient and sustainable, which is what makes it the ideal building material for bridge construction. Using multiple design examples and referencing the 11th edition of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CAN/CSA-S6-14), this online course provides in-depth detail on the design, fabrication and construction of steel bridges. You will learn the basic and complex concepts of building a steel bridge from the beginning to the end of the construction process.

CISC Design Module 4 – Straight Steel Girder Bridges and Design Module 5 – Curved Steel Girder Bridges, which accompany this webinar, may be purchased at the following links:

  • Introduction
  • Code Overview
  • Highway Bridge Loads
  • Method of Analysis
  • Fabrication
  • Brittle Fracture
  • Design Process and Economics
  • Fatigue
  • Fracture Control Plan
  • Design Example 1 – Straight Plate Girder
  • Wind and Seismic Load Effects
  • Design Example 2 – Straight Box Girder
  • Design Example 3 – Curved Plate Girder
  • Integral and Semi-Integral Abutments
  • Bridge Bearings
  • Design Example 4 – Curved Box Girder
  • Precast slab with composite beams
  • Durability
  • Bridge Erection
  • Aesthetics
  • Pedestrian Bridges

7 Sessions | Fee $185.00 / sesssion | 1.55 CEUs

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This course covers the design, fabrication and construction of steel bridges based on CAN/CSA-S6-14, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. In addition to 4 reworked design examples, updated topics include code overview, brittle fracture, fatigue, methods of analysis, wind and seismic load effects, and aesthetics including pedestrian bridges.

The presentation covers four updated design examples illustrating extensive design calculations for I-girders and box girders of straight and curved configurations. Topics include fatigue and brittle fracture, integral abutments, aesthetics, sustainability, design process and economics, highway bridge loads and methods of analysis, wind and seismic effects, fabrication and economical details, construction and erection methods. The design examples are available for purchase as CISC Design Module 4 – Straight Steel Girder Bridges and Module 5 – Curved Steel Girder Bridges.

Major changes and new provisions that were introduced in CAN/CSA-S6-14 and their effect on the design of steel bridges are highlighted.

  • bridge designers
  • bridge engineers with federal, provincial and municipal bridge departments
  • engineers in steel fabrication and erection bridge inspectors
  • civil engineering professors with interests in bridges

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