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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH interactive presentation provides a brief summary on the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940.

The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first bridge at this location, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. Throughout its short existence, the bridge's collapse has been described as "spectacular" and in subsequent decades "has attracted the attention of engineers, physicists, and mathematicians".

This presentation introduces the bridge and the design intent behind its construction. It continues to discuss the underlying issues responsible for its failure. The presentation ends by discussing the aftermath of its failure and the design and engineering lessons learnt for future bridge construction.

This 1 PDH online interactive presentation is applicable to architects and structural engineers, project managers, construction and design personnel, and technical staff who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Introducing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge construction and its collapse
  • Discussing the design intent behind the construction of the bridge
  • Learning about the failure of the design and the causes behind it
  • Familiarizing with the design and engineering lessons learnt from the bridge’s failure and ultimate collapse
  • Understanding the measures taken after the bridge’s collapse
  • Learning how future bridge construction benefited from the design lessons of the failed bridge
Course Document
For this course, you will need to go through the interactive presentation "Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse". To access the presentation, you will need to log in or register and purchase the course. Following the course purchase, please click on the link provided in your account to view the presentation. The duration of this presentation is approximately 50 minutes.
This particular course document is accessible only after purchase.

Course Quiz
Once you finish watching the PDH interactive presentation, you will be redirected to your account to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this interactive presentation. 
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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