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Eurocode 1 for Bridge Designers (One-Day)

In-house course

This course can be delivered in the offices of a company to a group of up to 16 engineers. It is currently not available as a public course.


The Eurocodes are now the British Standards for the design of structures. An understanding of Eurocode, Eurocode 1 (EC1) is essential for building designers to be able to design using the material Eurocodes (EC2 to EC6). This course will explain how to use EC1 to determine the design loads and actions on a bridge.

Aims & objectives

On completion of this course delegates will know how to determine self-weight,
imposed, wind, traffic, thermal and accidental actions on a bridge through the use of lectures and workshop problems.

After this course delegates will:

  • Appreciate essential information about the Eurocodes to enable loads to be determined.

  • Be able to establish the actions on a bridge due to:

    • Self-weight

    • Traffic loads (Including road and rail, and effect of traffic on buried and retaining structures)

    • Wind

    • Thermal effects

  • Understand how to design a structure to resist accidental actions.

  • Be ready to use the material Eurocodes

Course outline
  • Introduction to Eurocodes

  • Densities, self-weight and imposed loads (EN 199111).

  • Wind loading (EN 199114) – including design exercise

  • Thermal actions (EN 199115) – including design exercise

  • Traffic loading (EN 19912) – including design exercise (Covering all loading, including road and rail loading)

  • PD 6694 – Recommendations for the design of structures subject to traffic loading to BS EN 19971

  • Actions during execution (EN 199116)

  • Accidental actions (EN 199117)

Who the course intended for?

This course is intended as an introduction to Eurocodes for structural engineers who design bridge structures.

Pre-course requirements

Candidates should bring a calculator, pencil, ruler and eraser.

Course duration

Days (hrs) 1 day (6 hours) IPD/CPD

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The courses above are delivered by Owen Brooker BEng CEng MICE MIStructE MCS who has a wide range of experience in the design of buildings using reinforced concrete, structural steelwork, timber, masonry and glass. Owen has previously worked for The Concrete Centre, where he wrote technical publications, delivered training courses and answered technical queries through their helpline on a range of concrete related topics. Owen is a marking examiner for the IStructE Chartered Membership Exam. Owen has delivered training courses on Eurocodes 0, 1, 2 and 3 throughout the UK and on a number of occasions worldwide.

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