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Steel Bridges: Selecting the Right Bridge Type

COURSE NO: S01-011
COURSE PROVIDER: Donald Parnell, P.E.
Steel Bridges: Selecting the Right Bridge Type
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides practical information on selecting the right steel bridge type in terms of span, economy and constructability.


One of the initial choices to be made by the bridge designer is to select the most appropriate bridge type for the site. While this choice is not always straightforward, selecting the right structure type is probably the important aspect of designing a cost effective bridge. This particular module provides bridge designers with the tools to select the right bridge type for the given site. Bridge types discussed include rolled steel beam, steel plate girder, trusses, arches, cable-stayed, and suspension bridges.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to civil and structural engineers and professionals who are interested in understanding how to select the right bridge type.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the required span lengths for steel bridges
  • Familiarizing with the existing and site constraints for selecting the right type of bridge
  • Learning about the different bridge types such as rolled beam bridges, welded plate girders, trusses, arches, etc.  
  • Knowing the cost-effectiveness of the type of bridges with respect to the spans
  • Identifying the differences in construction between bridge types
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Steel Bridges: Selecting the Right Bridge Type”, which is based on the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration document “Steel Bridge Design Handbook: Selecting the Right Bridge Type”, Publication No. FHWA-HIF-16-002 - Vol. 15, 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 ten (10) questions to earn 1 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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