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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM029 Module Title: BRIDGE MANAGEMENT
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M53
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: IMAM B Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 2 
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment










Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)










Unseen examination








































Qualifying Condition(s) 










An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.










Module Overview
Bridges and key elements of the transport network. A properly formulated strategy for bridge management is essential if the capital investment in our bridges is to be protected so that they remain functional as long as possible.  This course is intended to provide a basic understanding of bridge management principles including inspections, assessment, repair and the decision supporting tools available for efficient management of bridge stocks.

Knowledge of Civil Engineering to Level HE3; bridge design/assessment experience

Module Aims

To provide students with:






·         a basic understanding of bridge management principles including inspections, assessment, testing, maintenance, repair and the understanding of the behaviour of the construction materials used






·         an overview of the range of decision-support tools which are available to bridge owners and their agents/consultants






an overall picture of the tasks encountered and the decisions needed in the management of bridges at individual and group level

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:



·   discuss Bridge Management tasks and distinguish the differences between various maintenance strategies and priorities



·   explain the procedures necessary to ensure cost effectiveness and sustainability of management decisions at project and network level



·   categorise different types of information organised within Bridge Management Systems



·   understand the procedures required for technical approval of maintenance works



·   appraise the whole life cost of a bridge structure



·   propose inspection, assessment and testing tasks for prestressed concrete bridges



assess the fatigue life of steel bridges

Module Content

Maintenance strategies, systems and procedures



Network and project decision-making 



Whole life costing



Risk-based management



Technical approval procedures 



Inspection, Assessment and Strengthening 



Load testing of bridges



Fatigue assessment of steel bridges 



Methods of rehabilitation and strengthening 



Assessment procedures for selected bridge forms, including steel and prestressed concrete bridges

Methods of Teaching/Learning

27 hrs lectures, 3 hrs tutorial/question classes/self assessment questions, 40 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 78 hrs independent learning.



Total student learning time 150 hours.









Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended Reading



Yanev B, Bridge Management, John Wiley, 2007. (ISBN 9780471691624)



Ryall MJ, Bridge Management, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001. (ISBN 075065077)



Harding JE, Parke GAR and Ryall MJ, Bridge Management, Elsevier Applied Science,1994. (ISBN 0419160507)



Harding JE, Parke GAR and Ryall MJ, Bridge Management 2, Thomas Telford,1993. (ISBN 0727719262)



Harding JE, Parke GAR and Ryall MJ, Bridge Management 3, Spon,1996. (ISBN 0419212108)



Ryall MJ, Parke GAR and Harding JE Bridge Management 4, Thomas Telford, 2000. (ISBN 0727728547)



Parke GAR and Disney P Bridge Management 5, Thomas Telford, 2005. (ISBN 0727733540)



Das PC, Safety of Bridges, Thomas Telford, 1997. (ISBN 0727725912)



Das PC, Management of Highway Structures, Thomas Telford, 1999. (ISBN 0727727753)



Wallbank J, The Performance of Concrete in Bridges: a Survey of 200 Highway Bridges. HMSO, 1989. (ISBN 0115508775)

Last Updated

25 August 2010