Advanced Certificate in Bridge Engineering

A nighttime view of the Peace Bridge in Buffalo that connects New York and Canada.

Resilient infrastructure for stronger communities

Bridge engineers need to be prepared to develop bridges using new construction methods and components, and improve the seismic resiliency of bridges to combat the problems associated with aging infrastructure. Our online Advanced Certificate in Bridge Engineering prepares students to take on leadership roles in enhancing bridges and infrastructure, making a meaningful impact on communities around the world.

Why Apply?

This certificate is a unique opportunity for practicing civil engineers and working professionals who want to boost their educational credentials and achieve greater success in the field of bridge engineering. It is designed specifically to accommodate a wide range of work schedules.

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CIE 579 Bridge and Infrastructure Managmenet and Public Policy is the only required course for the program. 

CIE 579 Bridge and Infrastructure Management and Public Policy covers  the following topics: Roles of bridge engineers in managing highway transportation infrastructure, specificants and standards of practice, capital project development and financing mechanisms, research funding processes, environmental issues, project delivery procurement methods and asset management. 

Elective Courses

Students will complete the 12-credit program with a combination of CIE 579 and any four courses listed below:

CIE 512 Structural Reliability and Safety

The course addresses risk and decision analysis for geotechnical and structural engineering systems based on statistics and reliability modeling. Students learn to make probabilistic predictions of the behavior of geotechnical and structural engineering systems by characterizing and quantifying the uncertainties associated with the material properties and external forces, and propagating them through the relevant prediction equations.

CIE 519 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 1

This course is the first of a two-course sequence on Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. The course covers (a) dynamics of lumped parameter single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems under various types of time-dependent loads, (b) seismic response and response spectra, (c) modal analysis, (d) numerical evaluation of response, (e) inelastic systems, and (f) special topics on visco-elastic behavior, damping, simplified nonlinear analysis, capacity and demand spectra, torsion, etc.

CIE 522 Design of Structures for Fire

This course focuses on behavior and design of structural elements and systems under fire. Topics addressed in this course include fire load, material properties at elevated temperatures, fire resistance of structures, current code guidelines and standards for fire design, analytical tools and risk assessment frameworks for fire. 

CIE 525 Reinforced Concrete Structures

This course is an advanced course in reinforced concrete. Topics addressed in the course include concrete materials; moment-curvature relationships; response of components to flexure, axial force and shearing force; anchorage; strut-and-tie models; limit analysis and design of slabs; seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings that include moment frames and/or shear walls; and seismic analysis and design of safety-related nuclear structures. LEC. Prerequisites: CIE 423 (or equivalent) and CIE 429 (or equivalent).

CIE 534 Earthquake Engineering and Foundation Dynamics

Fundamental principles and design methods for geotechnical earthquake engineering and machine foundations are presented in this course. Topics covered in the course include basic concepts of seismology, earthquakes, strong ground motion, and seismic hazard analysis. The basic principles of wave propagation are used to develop procedures for site response analysis and to provide insight into such important problems as local site effects, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, and seismic design of retaining structures. Analysis and design procedures for dynamically loaded shallow and pile foundations are discussed.

CIE 540 Geomechanics: Tunnelling and Reservoir Engineering

This interdisciplinary course encompasses fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geotechnical problems with a focus on: 1) Tunneling; state-of-the-practice, analyses and design. 2) Geo-environmental impacts of injecting/extracting fluids into/from reservoirs, a common practice in oil & gas production, Aquifer Storage Recovery, geothermal, deep waste disposal. This integrated course is intended to introduce to students: basics of rock mechanics; the philosophy of formulation the physics behind excavation and coupled-processes; and advanced practical numerical modeling using FLAC3D, one of the most powerful software programs available to model buried structural elements in geological strata, and rigorous geomechanical problems.

CIE 561 Wind Engineering and Turbulent Flow

Develop understanding of wind load effects on structures; be able to quantify wind loads and their effects on structures based on basic theories, numerical schemes, experimental methods, full-scale observations and codes & standards.

CIE 572 Advanced Concrete Materials

This course provides state-of-the-art knowledge of advanced concrete materials, including high and ultra-high performance concretes, fiber-reinforced concretes, and strain-hardening cementitious composites. Students learn about the ingredients and the design philosophy behind these materials. Fracture mechanics, scale-linking, and fiber/matrix bond-related concepts that are central for understanding the behaviors of these materials are discussed in detail. Students gain hands-on experience of mixing, processing, and testing high performance concretes. Durability properties of materials are given equally significant attention as the mechanical properties. Basics of Life cycle analysis of structures is presented in the last part of this course as it helps the students to appreciate the importance of the durability of materials, along with the mechanical properties, in determining the long term performance of a structure and its repair and maintenance needs. By completing this course, the instructor’s expectation is that the students will be inspired to seek innovative applications of these materials in both industry and research.

CIE 580 Emerging Technologies in Bridge Engineering

This course surveys emerging technologies, including both software and hardware systems, which are intended to enhance the analysis, design, construction, performance, and asset management of bridges and highway infrastructure. Emphasis is placed on those technologies whose basic knowledge has been established but not yet fully deployed into bridge and infrastructure engineering practice. Examples may include nonlinear analysis methods and design software, energy dissipation and seismic isolation systems, accelerated construction methods, health monitoring, seismic and other retrofit methods and guidelines, integrated project delivery methods, and lifecycle asset management. Presentations by subject area experts complement those given by the instructor.

CIE 584 Bridge Engineering 1, Design of Steel Highway Bridges

This course introduces the fundamentals of steel bridge theory, analysis, and design, including single and continuous span bridge structures. Other topics covered in the course include connection design and construction, fatigue analysis, deck design and bearing design. Industry-appropriate software is used for project work.

CIE 585 Bridge Engineering II, Design of Prestressed Concrete Highway Bridges

This course covers the analysis, mechanics, design methods and applications of prestressed concrete for short to medium span bridges. The loads specific to bridge structures, and the response of prestressed concrete structures to these loads will be studied for single and continuous span bridges. Topics include precast, pre-tensioned, and post-tensioned applications, concepts unique to prestressing: prestressing loss, camber, and crack control, selected connection details of precast members, and an overview of precast bridge substructures. Students will also gain an understanding of the reasoning behind key bridge design provisions. Current research and developments in prestressed concrete bridges, maintenance and inspection issues, and accelerated bridge construction techniques will be discussed, as time permits.

CIE 625 Base Isolation

This course introduces the basic concepts of seismic (base) isolation and the seismic isolation systems that are widely used in North America. A focus is the analysis and design of individual elastomeric and sliding bearings, and seismic isolation systems. The use of energy dissipation devices as part of the isolation system is also examined. Testing of seismic isolators, project case studies and code provisions are discussed.