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Steel Bridges: Deck Design

COURSE NO: S04-021
COURSE PROVIDER: Donald Parnell, P.E.
Steel Bridges: Deck Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides practical information regarding the decking options and the design considerations for steel bridges.


The primary function of a bridge deck is to support the vehicular vertical loads and distribute these loads to the steel superstructure. This module provides practical information regarding the decking options and design considerations for steel bridges, presenting deck types such as concrete deck slabs, metal grid decks, orthotropic steel decks, wood decks, and several others.


The choice of a particular deck type to use can depend on several factors, which may include the specific application, initial cost, life cycle cost, durability, weight, or owner requirements. For the deck types discussed herein, a brief description of the particular deck type is given, in addition to general design and detail considerations.


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to civil and structural engineers and professionals who are interested steel bridges and the decks used in design and construction.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing with the different types of decks  
  • Understanding the types of formwork used in concrete deck slabs
  • Learning about open metal grid deck, filled and partially filled metal grid deck, etc.
  • Knowing the detailing considerations for concrete decks, metal grid decks and orthotropic steel decks
  • Familiarizing with wood, aluminum, FRP, and sandwich decks
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Steel Bridges- Deck Design”, which is based on the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration document, “Steel Bridge Design Handbook: Bridge Deck Design”, Publication No. FHWA-HIF-16-002 - Vol.12, dated December 2015.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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