This new course expands the suite of FHWA services to assist State and local governments in a successful implementation of load and resistance factor design (LRFD). The course promotes the philosophy of the LRFD design platform and establishes the motivation for LRFD as the reassurance that safe design practices are being applied where needed. For structural applications, the curriculum follows the AASHTO "LRFD Bridge Design Specifications," 3rd Edition, 2004 (AASHTO LRFD), including the approved 2005 and 2006 Interims.
This course is a combination of instructor-led discussions and workshop exercises. It includes LRFD theory applied to design examples and illustrates step-by-step LRFD design procedures. The training includes the extensive use of student exercises and example problems to demonstrate overall design, detailing, and construction principles addressed in the reference materials, and provides hands-on experience in the AASHTO LRFD design and detailing of concrete superstructures. Exercise and example problems are based on components of overall comprehensive bridge design examples using AASHTO LRFD and provide comparisons between ASD, LFD, and LRFD design methods where meaningful.
The curriculum materials are comprised of a comprehensive design manual, FHWA Publication No. FHWA NHI 06-001, lecture and workshop exercises intended to promote or enhance a working knowledge of the AASHTO LRFD specification, and a participant workbook for lecture notes and exercises.
The curriculum material contains the following major topics:
1. General superstructure design considerations
2. Preliminary design concepts for prestressed concrete superstructures
3. Pretensioned concrete I-girder design
4. Continuous pretensioned concrete I-girder design
5. Staged construction of prestressed concrete girder bridges
6. Bearing design
This course has been developed for the needs of practicing public and private sector structural and bridge engineers with 1-10 years of experience. The primary audience is agency and consultant structural designers. Pre-training Competencies: Individuals attending this course should have a minimum BSCE degree, and have a working knowledge of the AASHTO LRFD or the "AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges," and have relevant design experience using either of these specifications on at least one bridge superstructure.
If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.558.6873.