ENG09034 2019 Structural Inspection and Assessment of Bridges

General Details

Full Title
Structural Inspection and Assessment of Bridges
Transcript Title
Structural Inspection and Asse
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tomas O Flaherty
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EROAD_N09 201900 Postgraduate Certificate in Road Maintenance Engineering and Network Management SG_EROAD_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EMAIN_S09 201900 Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Engineering in Road Maintenance Engineering SG_EBRID_N09 201900 Postgraduate Certificate in Bridge Engineering

This module requires the learner to identify, appraise and critically evaluate bridge management systems and structural inspection and assessment techniques for bridges and associated infrastructure. In addition, the learner will be required to apply and evaluate these techniques in the assessment and inspection of the existing bridge stock.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Derive an understanding of bridge construction history, bridge types and construction techniques, including masonry arch construction, reinforced and prestressed concrete, and steel and composite construction.


Critically assess and evaluate bridge management systems, including appraising and advising on any limitations associated with the management systems and bridge inspection, assessment, and maintenance strategies.


Evaluate, select and apply appropriate bridge (and associated structures) inspection and assessment techniques to determine appropriate data for the design of appropriate maintenance strategies, repair and strengthening of bridges.


Critically evaluate the application of bridge (and associated structures) repair, strengthening and modification techniques for concrete, steel and masonry bridges and assess their environmental and heritage implications.


Effectively collaborate and communicate with others in the inspection and assessment of bridges (and associated structures).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will consist of lectures supported by learning through group and individual projects to further develop expertise in topics.

This module will be delivered to part-time online learners through a mix of live online lectures and online tutorials. The lectures and tutorials
will be recorded and made available to the learners through Moodle.

Workshops will also be used to bring learners together for special lectures or design workshops

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 60% continuous assessment and 40% final examination at the end of the semester. The continuous assessment is by
group project work. 

Both individual and team performance will be assessed at different stages during this project work with an emphasis on teamwork.

Peer assessment will be incorporated into marks awarded for all practical work. The sizing of the slice method of group assessment (Clelford & Hopkins, 2014) will be used to allocate marks to the individual members of the project group. A copy of this method of allocating marks will be given to the students at the start of the module.  

Clelford, T. & Hopkins, A., 2014. Sizing the Slice: Assessing Individual Performance in Group Projects, CEBE Funded Case Study retrieved on 5/12/2014 from http://www‑new1.heacademy.ac.uk/cebe/themes/alldisplay?type=resources&newid=casestudies/cebe/sizing_the_slice&site=cebe

Repeat Assessments

The learners must pass both the continuous assessment and final examination.

Where a learner or group of learners fail the project element of the module they will be required to resubmit the project again for assessment.

Learners who fail the end of module terminal examination will have the opportunity to resit the examination during the repeat examination

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Bridge construction history, bridge types and construction techniques.
  2. Bridge Management Systems, maintenance strategies, whole-life costing and asset management.
  3. Environmental management and assessment including heritage aspects.
  4. Bridge (and associated structures) Inspection & Condition rating e.g. Eirspan.
  5. Bridge (and associated structures) Assessment and Evaluation.
  6. Non-destructive testing, load testing, and stress monitoring of bridges (and associated structures).
  7. Durability and protection of bridges (and associated structures).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Project Work Coursework Assessment Group Project 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Terminal Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop/Seminar Computer Laboratory Workshop 0.33 Weekly 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 6.0 Weekly 6.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.33 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Chen & Duan 1999. Bridge engineering handbook. CRC Press.

ICE, 2008. Manual of Bridge Engineering. Thomas Telford.

ICE, 2007. Bridge Design, Construction and Maintenance. Thomas Telford.

Reid. 2009. Concrete bridge strengthening and repair. Thomas Telford.

Reid, Milne & Craig. 2001. Concrete bridge strengthening and repair. Thomas Telford.

Ryall. 2010. Bridge Management. Butterworth-Heineman.

Troyana. 2003. Bridge Engineering a Global Perspective. Thomas Telford.

Zhao & Tonias. 2012. Bridge Engineering: Design, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance of Modern Highway Bridges.


NSAI Structural Eurocodes:

  • EN1990: Basis of Structural Design.
  • EN1991: Actions on Structures.
  • EN 1992: Design of Concrete Structures.
  • EN 1993: Design of Steel Structure.
  • EN 1994: Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures.
  • EN 1997: Geotechnical Design


Structural Eurocode guides:

Calgaro. 2010. Designers' guide to Eurocode 1: Actions on bridges, Thomas Telford.

Hendy & Smith. 2007. Designers' guide to EN 1992-2. Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures. Part 2: Concrete bridges. Thomas Telford.

Hendy & Murphy. 2007. Designers' guide to EN 1993-2 Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures. Part 2: Steel Bridges, Thomas Telford.

Hendy & Johnson. 2006. Designers' Guide to EN 1994-2. Eurocode 4: Design of composite steel and concrete structures. Part 2: General rules and rules for bridges, Thomas Telford.

Journal Resources

To be confirmed during module.

URL Resources

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) documentation (Formerly NRA) - http://www.tiipublications.ie/

UK Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) - http://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/ha/standards/dmrb/vol3/index.htm

Other Resources

To be confirmed during module.

Additional Information

To be confirmed during module.