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Design of Bridges to Eurocodes

28 - 30 April 2010,  3 days

Venue: Manchester

Organizer: Thomas Telford

Eurocodes are a pan-European set of design codes for building and civil engineering works. The less prescriptive approach and more up-to-date rules provide the user with greater scope for innovation and economy. However, engineers will need to make greater use of first principles, as fewer rules and formulae are given.

This three-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the design of steel, concrete and composite bridges to Eurocodes.

Key guidance is given on the Eurocodes relevant to bridge design, the associated National Annexes and other non-contradictory complementary information. The course will enable delegates to understand underlying Eurocode principles and the differences from design to BS 5400.

Day one provides an introduction to the Eurocodes, the background to their development, how they inter-relate and how to navigate between them. A brief introduction to the conceptual design of bridges is given and the Eurocode approach to limit states is explained. Actions and their combination are discussed in detail.

Day two commences with an introduction to bridge analysis methods and associated Eurocode requirements. An introduction to the design of concrete bridge elements is provided, considering material properties and ultimate and serviceability limit states. More advanced aspects of concrete bridge design are then explored. The day concludes with an introduction to the design of steel elements.

Day three commences with an introduction to the design of connections of steel members, after which the design of steel-concrete composite structures is examined. Finally, geotechnical issues for bridge designers are briefly explored considering the interaction between structures and the ground, and requirements specific to the design of integral bridges and buried structures.

The principal course developer is an experienced bridge engineer who has been highly active in the development and implementation of Eurocodes in UK. He has advised public and private clients extensively on Eurocodes implementation, covering both the highway and rail sectors. Course tutors are all experienced Chartered Civil and Structural Engineers. They are bridge specialists, with particular experience of Eurocode development and application.

Applies to Eurocodes: