Full course description
Please note: The $1700 fee for this course is non-refundable.
This micro-credential is an introduction to Performance-based Design and Life-cycle Design of Bridges. The training will include lectures in performance-based design and life-cycle design theory as well as lab (hands-on) components. Hands-on activities involve using recent software to model and design a full-scale bridge and to perform life-cycle cost and life-cycle assessment. Participants will gain a unique opportunity to use industry standard tools to learn about performance-based design of bridges in life-cycle context. This program aims to prepare highly qualified bridge designers with a greater understanding of the latest of the Canadian design codes such as the NBCC 2020 and CSA-S6-19. In addition, it aims to prepare attendees with a deeper understanding of design requirements beyond the strength design, such as the life-cycle cost assessment.
Upon completion, the learners will be able to:
- Select an efficient bridge configuration;
- Design a bridge satisfying the force-based and performance-based requirements of CSA-S6-19 along with modelling techniques, result interpretation, and pitfall avoidance;
- Provide cost-effective design solutions;
- Bring innovation in design reflecting functionality, sustainability, and resilience;
- Employ LCA and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) to provide the most feasible solution in terms of environmental and economic considerations.
This course will be particularly useful for civil engineers, designers, consulting engineers, architects, contractors, construction inspectors, inspection agency officials, asset managers responsible for the design, construction maintenance or rehabilitation of bridges, and other parties interested in learning about key deterioration mechanisms.
Additionally, upper level post-secondary students in civil engineering or civil engineering technology will benefit from this micro-credential. See Admission Requirements below for more details on the background needed.
- This course will be structured around three online, real-time sessions (21 hours total) consisting of lectures and computer design/lab activities. 9 hours of independent activities such as quizzes, assignments, and/or projects will support the learning for this course.
- Three real-time, online sessions will take place:
- Saturday, May 7 (8 hours)
- Saturday, May 14 (8 hours)
- Saturday, June 4 (8 hours)
- The real-time, online sessions are expected to be held during the day in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Learners will be notified with the exact times closer to the beginning of the course.
- Enrollment will close on May 4, 2022.
- The course materials will be available from May 1- June 11, 2022 on UBCO’s Canvas Catalog.
- Project information will be posted during the first class on UBCO's Canvas Catalog.
The course includes an introduction to bridge structural systems and bridge components; design considerations related to the structural system, highway geometrics, and constructability requirements; conceptual design stage (Part I), including the code philosophy, design criteria and influence line; and conceptual design stage (Part II), including lateral load calculation in addition to the analysis of the substructure. In addition, the course will include an introduction to performance-based design of structures; and introduction to life-cycle design stages, life cycle cost analysis, and life cycle assessment. Finally, the course will examine life-cycle costing, life-cycle design, and integrated performance-based and life-cycle cost-based design, in addition to case studies.
The fee for this course is $1700 is non-refundable. All instructional content required to complete the course is available through the course website. There are no additional fees for textbooks.
Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a UBC Okanagan Non-credit Letter of Proficiency.
This is a 30-hour continuing education course and is intended to support the satisfaction of CE requirements as defined and explained in the Guide to Continuing Education Program handbook, section 3.1 (Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, 2021, version 1.1, page 6). This definition aligns with similar expectations of practicing professionals in many jurisdictions in Canada.
This non-credit credential has no pre-requisites nor does it require a prior or existing affiliation with UBC. This learning opportunity is designed for adult learners; participants must be 18 years or older. Language of instruction is English.
Participants in this program should have knowledge in theory of structures and reinforced concrete design basics. A preliminary background about the Canadian design codes and handbooks such as the NBCC 2020, CSA-S6-19 and Handbook of Steel Construction will be a good asset.
This course will be delivered online using UBCO's Canvas Catalog learning management system.
The real-time synchronous sessions will use Zoom (technical requirements).
It is expected that participants have access to a personal computer connected to the Internet with speakers, web-camera and a microphone and that the computer is installed with web browser, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software.
Participants should have the required technology to access and participate in online learning and assessment. These include stable internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone. The computers used by the learners should be of a processor greater than 2.0 GHz and a Ram of 4.0 GB or greater.
Dr. Shahria Alam leads the instructional team.
Dr. Alam is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Okanagan Campus. He is serving as the Director of the Green Construction Research & Training Center (GCRTC) and the Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials & Structures (ALAMS) at UBC. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Western University in 2008. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles and holds several patents.
There is no required textbook in this course. However, learners are encouraged to purchase the following books online:
- Vagelis Plevris, Georgia Kremmyda and Yasin Fahjan. “Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Structures and Infrastructures” Engineering Science Reference (2017).
- Hitoshi Furuta, Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Dan M. Frangopol. “Life-cycle of Structural Systems Design, Assessment, Maintenance and Management” Routledge (2018).
- Priestley, M. J. N., Seible, F., and Calvi, G. M. (1996). Seismic design and retrofit of bridges. New York: Wiley.
There is no suggested time frame to read in these books, but the students are encouraged to refer to them when doing their assignments and projects.
Learners will be asked to take part in pre- and post-course surveys that include information regarding current employment status, educational background, professional goals, and an evaluation of subject matter knowledge prior to and following the learning experience. In particular, there will be a survey distributed 6 months after the completion of this course. This information will be collected privately and used solely for the purpose of understanding the impact of the course in meeting the professional development needs of participants.
Micro-credential Pilot: Tuition Subsidies
We are committed to reducing barriers for learners, and increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in engineering study and practice. To support this goal, the project has received funding to offer a limited number of partial tuition subsidies ($800/learner) to individuals who live or work in British Columbia and who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups in engineering, including Indigenous peoples, women, members of racialized minorities, people with disabilities and 2SLGBTQIA+ people. To apply for this subsidy, please complete this form by Tuesday, April 19, 3:00 PM. We will contact you as soon as possible once the application period closes.
Inquiries about this micro-credential can be submitted to Dr. Ahmed Bediwy, Research Engineer, Green Construction Research & Training Center (GCRTC), at info.GCRTC@ubc.ca.
Last updated: March 31, 2022, VC.