Module code: ENGM029

Module Overview

Bridges are 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, monitoring and the decision supporting tools available for efficient management of bridge stocks.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

IMAM B Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

An appreciation of different bridge types, i.e. steel and concrete as well as basic material behaviour. 

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 
Fatigue assessment of steel bridges 
Methods of rehabilitation and strengthening
Structural health monitoring of bridges 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 25
Examination EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 75

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

 Knowledge and understanding management principles, tasks and maintenance actions encountered during the lifetime of bridge structures through a 2 hour unseen examination (LO’s1, 2,3,4,6)

Ability to carry out a whole life analysis of a bridge structure (LO5) through a 2 hour unseen examination and coursework.
Ability to carry out fatigue analysis of a bridge detail through a 2 hour unseen examination (LO 7).

 Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] (2 hours) {75%}

·         Coursework on a selection of bridge management topics (inspection and assessment of a bridge structure, investigation into a bridge failure, a critical appraisal of a bridge maintenance technique) ([Learning outcomes assessed 1, 5,a, b, c] (30 hours) {25%}

 Formative assessment and feedback

 Formative feedback will be through written feedback on the submitted coursework and during discussions in SurreyLearn and verbal feedback during the tutorial sessions.

Module aims

  • provide an overview of bridge management principles including inspections, assessment, maintenance, repair, monitoring and the understanding of the behaviour of the different construction materials used in bridge structures
  • describe the range of decision-support tools which are available to bridge owners and their agents/consultants
  • give an overall picture of the tasks encountered and the decisions needed in the management of bridges, both at individual and group level

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Discuss Bridge Management tasks and distinguish the differences between various maintenance strategies and priorities KCT
002 Propose procedures necessary to ensure cost effectiveness and sustainability of management decisions at project and network level KCT
003 Categorise different types of information organised within Bridge Management Systems K
004 Discuss the procedures required for technical approval of maintenance works KP
005 Appraise the whole life cost of a bridge structure KCPT
006 Propose assessment and strengthening options for bridges structures KCPT
007 Discuss how structural health monitoring can be carried out on bridge structures KCP
009 Technical report writing T
010 Independent learning skills T
011 Critical thinking T
008 Assess the fatigue life of steel bridges KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module provides the background required for the management of bridge structures throughout their life cycle following their design and construction. The module is delivered principally by lectures, including expert speakers from the industry.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (27 hours)
Tutorials (3 hours)
Independent learning (118 hours)
Exam (2 Hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for BRIDGE MANAGEMENT :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Structural Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.