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General Superstructure Design Considerations (Web-based)

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
3 Hours
0.3 Units
$0 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 40

NOTES:Disregard the class seat size noted in the course description for this specific course since as this is a self-paced web-based training (WBT). This course, 130081P, serves as a WBT prerequisite to the following ILTs: 130081, 130081A, and 130081B


This course provides training on the fundamentals for LRFD highway superstructure design. This includes a basic understanding of LRFD development and implementation, general design and location features related to superstructure design, and the primary loads and load combinations used for superstructure design. This course is a prerequisite to the Instructor-Led Training (ILT) Courses 130081 LRFD for Highway Bridge Superstructures - Steel and Concrete (4-Day ILT), 130081A LRFD for Highway Bridge Superstructures - Steel (2-Day ILT), and 130081B LRFD for Highway Bridge Superstructures - Concrete (2-Day ILT), and it covers only general sections of the LRFD Specifications.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of LRFD, the historical background of LRFD, and the basic components of LRFD for superstructure design
  • Describe location features, basic design objectives, principles of bridge aesthetics, and constructability issues for superstructure design
  • Describe the primary loads, load combinations, and load factors used for steel and concrete superstructure design


The target audience for this course is practicing public and private sector structural and bridge engineers with 0 to 20 years of experience. This includes agency and consultant structural designers, as well as project managers. Individuals taking this course should have a minimum Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) or equivalent degree. This course is intended for engineers that require experience with AASHTO bridge design provisions and updates. Additionally, participants wishing to take 130081, 130081A, or 130081B should have taken this WBT in advance of the first day of the ILT.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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Oklahoma City, OK 73169


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