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Steel Bridges: Shop Drawings for Structural Steel Bridges

COURSE NO: S01-017
COURSE PROVIDER: Donald Parnell, P.E.
Steel Bridges: Shop Drawings for Structural Steel Bridges
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides basic information on the history, practices, and illustrations of the fundamentals of shop detail drawings for steel bridges.


Over the years the fabrication of steel bridges has been totally dependent upon the shop drawings. They are used or referenced throughout the entire fabrication process, as well as for shipping and erection. In recent years, the shop drawing process has changed dramatically.


The preparation of shop drawings is a very specialized process with its own language and methods. The drawings and data for fabrication are developed from information presented on the contract drawings. These drawings contain the basic bridge geometry, pier and sub-structure locations and design, as well as the sizes of all material, weld and bolt sizes and the basic connection information.


With this in mind, the detailers, shop drawing producers, must have experience, knowledge and ability to translate contract information into shop drawings. Steel bridge fabrication is a field unlike any others such as building construction, therefore most detailers who prepare steel bridge shop drawings specialize in bridges, and very few of them detail buildings or other steel structures.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to structural engineers, detailers, and other individuals involved with steel bridge fabrication who are interested in learning about the preparation and use of shop detail drawings.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing with the history of steel bridges shop drawings
  • Familiarizing with the original, current and future use of shop drawings
  • Learning about the manual and computer-generated drawing production process
  • Understanding shop drawing types and requirements
  • Gaining a general overview on special conditions such as skewed bearing lines
  • Learning about the features and requirements of staged construction
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Steel Bridges: Shop Drawings for Structural Steel Bridges”, which is based on U.S. department of Transportation document “Steel Bridge Design Handbook: Structural Steel Bridge Shop Drawings”, publication no. FHWA-HIF-16-002 - Vol. 3.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. 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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