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Suspended Bridge Design


About This Course

This course helps build the fundamental building blocks for bridge design. The content is divided into four primary sections: (1) geometric layout, (2) design drawings, (3) design fundamentals, and (4) suspended design fundamentals. After completing this course, you will be prepared to design a suspended footbridge.


It is expected that you either have the knowledge of a third year civil engineering student (i.e. have taken statics, mechanics of materials, and structural analysis), or have the desire to learn these topics. In the design fundamentals section of the course, there are lecture series that will help you build these skills. It is suggested that if you don't have prerequisite knowledge that you start to work on your design fundamentals while going through the geometric layout and design drawing sections of the course.

Jay Arehart

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Frequently Asked Questions

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If I do not have the prerequisite knowledge, can I not take the course?

Anybody is welcome to take the course. Having the pre-requisite knowledge will improve your understanding of bridge design, but is not required. Most all of design is presented in an accessible format.

Who is required to take this course?

Bridge designers are required to take this course, yet anybody else interested in bridge design is welcome to also take it. It is suggested that construction and project managers also take this course, or portions of it.

Other questions?

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