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The Basic Types of Bridges

COURSE NO: S02-031
The Basic Types of Bridges
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course aims at providing thorough knowledge on the types of bridges and provides a detailed description on each type of bridges, describes the advantages and disadvantages of each type, with detailed photography.


A bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle (such as a body of water, valley, road, or rail) without blocking the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, which is usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross. There are many different designs of bridges, each serving a particular purpose and applicable to different situations. The design of bridges varies depending on factors such as the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, and the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it.


This 2 PDH online course is applicable to civil and transportation engineers who are interested in learning about the principles to be considered when selecting and designing a bridge. The contents of this document are intended to serve as guidance and not as an absolute standard or rule.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing with the history and background of bridges and providing a general overview on their revolution and definition
  • Familiarizing with the types of bridges that are classified based on design structure and material used
  • Learning about the types of bridges by mobility including fixed bridges, temporary bridges, movable bridges
  • Learning about the important types of bridges such as girder bridges, extradosed bridges, trestle bridges, cantilever spar cable-stayed bridges, side-spar cable-stayed bridges
  • Gaining a general overview on type of bridges by function such as pedestrian bridges, train bridges, pipeline bridges, traffic bridges
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "The Basic Types of Bridges”, which is prepared by Najib Gerges, Ph.D., P.E.
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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 2 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

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