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As a prelude to the International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges, CSCE is pleased to offer six, half-day, short courses on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

  • Applications of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Technology in Bridges
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Bridges
  • Planning and Design of Integral Abutment Bridges under Service and Seismic Loads
  • Design of Soil Metal Structures
  • Performance-Based Seismic Design of Bridges
  • Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) – Design and Construction Material Attributes for Bridges in Canada

All courses will take place at the conference hotel, the Sheraton Centre Toronto.


To ensure that practicing license holders are maintaining a recommended number of continuing education hours, CSCE will supply registrants in the SMSB-2022 short courses with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) / Professional Development Hours (PDHs) which are valid for these requirements upon completing and passing a quiz at the end of the course.


Member (CSCE, ASCE, EIC, ICE) $350 $450
Non-Member $400 $500
Student $150 $175

* Short course fee includes snacks and beverages during coffee breaks.

Note: If by June 30th, the registration is not sufficient, the course may be canceled.



July 19th, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Room TBD

Deterioration of concrete bridges caused by corrosion of reinforcing steel is one of the major challenges facing the transportation industry today. Bridge owners and consulting firms are looking for affordable construction materials and innovative approaches and systems that improve life expectancy and reduce maintenance costs of bridges. Thus, over the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in the use of innovative corrosion-resistant fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials for reinforcing, strengthening, and rehabilitating concrete structures, particularly bridges, due to their enhanced properties and cost-effectiveness. FRP reinforcement has been used extensively in different transportation infrastructures such as bridges, parking garages, tunnels and marine structures in which corrosion of steel has typically led to significant deterioration and, hence, the need for rehabilitation. Significant developments by FRP manufacturers, researchers and design codes, along with numerous successful installations, have led to a much higher comfort level and exponential use of FRP products by designers and owners. After years of investigation and implementation, bridge owners in North America have now included GFRP as a premium corrosion-resistant reinforcing material in their corrosion protection specifications. Currently, the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and the AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications include provisions for the design of concrete bridge members reinforced with FRP bars and sheets. Strengthening and rehabilitation of bridges are needed for a variety of reasons, including deterioration caused by environmental effects, increase in the traffic volume and load, or deficiencies in the original design or construction. Bridge owners need to keep abreast of the latest techniques available for the repair or strengthening of bridge infrastructure. This course will provide excellent exposure to the design and application of FRP reinforcement in new construction and rehabilitation of existing structures.

Attendees of this short course will receive an electronic copy of:

  • ISIS Manual No. 3 (Version 2) – Reinforcing Concrete Structures with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRPs)
  • ISIS Manual No. 4 – FRP Rehabilitation of Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • ISIS Manual No. 5 – Prestressing Concrete Structures with FRPs

Thanks to Structural Innovation and Monitoring Technologies Resources Center – SIMTReC (formerly known as ISIS Canada Resource Centre) for supplying ISIS Manual.

Time Presentation title Speaker
8:30 – 10:00 Fibre reinforcing products and material properties; FRP design for flexure; use of FRP sheets for flexural strengthening; FRP prestressing; applications. Dr. Mamdouh El-Badry, P.Eng., Professor, University of Calgary, Canada
10:00 – 10:20                                                          20-minute Coffee break
10:20 – 11:20 Near-surface Mounted Reinforcement for flexural strengthening; shear strengthening of cracked concrete beams; case study: Strengthening damaged concrete girder due to vehicle impact; GFRP-reinforced barrier, cast-in-place deck slab and precast deck panels Dr. Khaled Sennah, P.Eng., Professor, Ryerson University, Canada
11:20 – 12:00 Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) experience in the use of FRP in Ontario Bridges; MTO Quality Assurance (QA) Standards; MTO representative projects and Standard Drawings Martin Krall, P.Eng., Bridge Engineer, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Canada




July 19th, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Room TBD

Through this course, learners will be introduced to life cycle-based analysis that can help alternative design approaches. They will learn how to design a bridge in a way to satisfy objectives other than strength and structural performance, including life cycle economic and environmental performances. The learners will learn how to perform Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) considering alternative designs to provide environmentally responsible and cost-effective sustainable design solutions. The course will present an introduction to LCA including information about life cycle phases, inventory analysis, life cycle impact analysis, and potential environmental impact categories. They will learn how to conduct inventory analysis by identifying the resource consumption, energy loss, and waste generation during each life-cycle phase. They will also learn how to conduct life cycle impact analysis by identifying the environmental indicators, choosing the approach of assessment, selecting the relevant calculation method, and quantifying the environmental impacts during each life-cycle phase. The learners will also learn how to interpret these results, compare the life cycle impacts resulting from different design alternatives, and provide an environmental-friendly design solution for different components of the bridge. In addition to that, the learners will be given an introduction to the LCCA, including the components of the cost and the methods of calculation. Through LCCA, the learners will be able to assess the cost incurred during production, construction, regular maintenance operations, post-damages repairs, and end-of-life disposal. They will learn how to assess the seismic damages and evaluate relevant repair costs. The learners will also gain an understanding of how to assess the maintenance cost based on the selected repair/retrofit strategies and maintenance intervals. They will be taught to aggregate the life-cycle costs, compare the life cycle cost resulting from different design alternatives, and identify the cost-efficient design alternatives. Learners will also learn how to combine LCA and LCCA and provide the most enviro-economical feasible solutions to bridge structures.


Time Presentation title Speaker
8:30–10:00 Life-cycle based design approaches.

Introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle cost analysis (LCCA)

Framework to perform LCA and LCCA considering alternative designs to identify environmentally-responsible and cost-effective design solutions

Qi Zhang, Ph.D., PEng, PE

Full-time Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada


Shahria Alam, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor and Tier-1 Principal’s Research Chair in Resilient & Green Infrastructure, The University of British Columbia, Canada

10:00 – 10:20 20-minute Coffee break
10:20 – 12:00 Analyze and solve real-life problems in the design, fabrication, erection and construction stages

Generate in-depth, multi-level understanding of bridge design issues in its real-life context

Perform cost data collection, present value cost calculation stage, and interpretation stage

Choosing the best alternative design option through LCA/LCCA

Mohammad Saifuzzaman, M.Eng., P.Eng., PE

Engineering Manager, Parsons Inc,





July 19th, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Room TBD

This course is composed of two parts. The first part will provide general information on the planning and design of integral bridges under service and seismic loads and the second part will cover dynamic analysis and seismic design of integral bridges. Integral bridges are rigid frame structures where the superstructure is connected monolithically to a flexible abutment-pile system composed of thin, stub abutments supported on a single row of piles. Therefore, the behavior of integral abutment bridges under thermal, gravitational, and seismic loads is different than that of regular jointed bridges. The first part of this course introduces (i) general planning and design considerations, (ii) implementing proper abutment-backfill interaction behavior in the structural model under thermal effects, (iii) calculation of length limits of integral abutment bridges to evade low cycle fatigue failure of the steel piles (iv)  estimation of live load effects in the superstructure, abutments and piles considering the continuity of the bridge and soil-structure interaction, (v) important soil-structure modeling considerations for the seismic analysis and design of integral abutment bridges. The second part of this short course will focus on explaining the dynamic behaviors of structures. The main objectives of this part are to identify dynamic problems, determine the natural frequencies of structures, establish the equations of motion, stiffness, and mass for structures and introduce the seismic analysis methods for structures. Seismic analyses and design methods adopted in the Canadian codes and standards will be presented and applied to integral abutment bridges. Critical parameters impacting seismic design for new bridges and rehabilitation of existing structures will be introduced and discussed.


Time Presentation title Speaker
8:30 – 10:00 Planning and Design Considerations for Integral Abutment Bridges Under Thermal-Induced, Gravitational, and Seismic loads Murat Dicleli, Ph.D., P.Eng., Professor and Chair, Department of Engineering Sciences, METU, Ankara, Turkey
10:00 – 10:20 20-minute Coffee break
10:20 – 12:00 – Dynamic Analysis for Structures

– Seismic Design for integral Abutment Bridges

Magdy Samaan, PhD, VMA, PE, PEng

EXP, VP Transportation – Central Canada

Adjunct Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)




July 19th, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Room TBD

This short course aims to introduce the basic fundamentals and methodologies employed in designing soil metal structures. Special focus will be placed on their unique soil-structure interaction and the effect of the utilized modeling approach on their design. The course will cover the latest details that have been implemented in Section 7 of the new version of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CHBDC). After participating in this course, you should be able to perform the structural design of buried soil-steel bridges and culverts using the latest state-of-the-art design methodologies. Major emphasis will be on the analytical methods and the problem-solving aspects as related to the design of soil metal structures. This course provides the participant with an opportunity to apply the design procedures to “real-life” challenging design projects.


Time Presentation title Speaker
13:30 – 15:00 ·    Introduction to buried soil metal structures

·    Design of soil metal structures as per CHBDC

Hany El Naggar, Professor and Associate Dean, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Kevin Williams, MEB, P.Eng., Engineering Manager, Atlantic Industries Limited, Ayr, Ontario.

15:00 – 15:20 20- minute Coffee break
15:20 – 16:10 ·    Applications of soil metal structures

·    Case studies

Mr. Kevin Williams, MEB, P.Eng., Engineering Manager, Atlantic Industries Limited, Ayr, Ontario.
16:10 – 17:00 Special modeling approaches for soil metal structures Prof. Hany El Naggar, Dalhousie University, Canada



July 19th, 1:30Pm – 5:00pm
Room TBD

Losses of bridge infrastructures can have a substantial toll on the economy of a region. Hence, the previous design philosophy of structures that ensure only life safety emphasizing collapse prevention is not enough. The current design philosophy supports the safety of both users and the infrastructure itself. Previous codes were based on force and strength criteria. Later, it was realized that the strength and seismic performance of a structure are not in consensus meaning an increased strength will not necessarily lead to enhanced seismic performance rather it could be detrimental and lead to failure without adequate ductility. Bridges are important assets of a country. If a bridge cannot perform satisfactorily during a hazardous event, this could be a huge economic loss to the owners. If the bridge was designed following conventional force-based design, the owners will not be able to make designers liable for their design. This is another disadvantageous situation that has led to performance-based design where the owners can prescribe performance criteria against different hazard levels while designing those bridges and can make designers accountable for their design. This short course will help attendees understand the design philosophy of the new versions of the Canadian design codes CSA S6-19. They will understand the differences between forced-based design (FBD), displacement-based design (DBD), and performance-based design (PBD).


Time Presentation title Speaker
13:30 – 14:00 Understand the philosophy of performance-based design Qi Zhang, Ph.D., PEng, PE

Full-time Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada


Shahria Alam, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor and Tier-1 Principal’s Research Chair in Resilient & Green Infrastructure, The University of British Columbia, Canada

14:00  –14:30 Define acceptance criteria for systems analyzed by linear and nonlinear methods
14:30  – 15:00 Evaluate performance design indicators such as strain, ductility, drift, and residual drift
15:00 – 15:20                                                          20-minute Coffee break
15:20 – 16:10 Design considerations for a bridge satisfying the force-based and performance-based requirements of CSA-S6-19  

Mr. Saqib Khan, P.Eng.,

Senior Bridge Engineer, Spannovation, Canada


16:10 – 17:00 Design considerations for a bridge including soil-foundation interaction (p-y) curves



July 19th, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Room TBD

Sustainable Development & Infrastructure is enhanced with advanced construction materials. Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) is a material technology that provides more tools for Engineers, Builders, Owners, and Stakeholders. Participants will learn about UHPC material properties and how to design Bridge Elements with some examples from material and design professionals in a Canadian context. UHPC is a self-reinforced microfiber concrete with the density of aluminum, which can be placed as a moldable stiff mass or a self-consolidating flowable paste, hydrating to a compressive range of 120MPa to +250MPa, and a high degree of matrix toughness.


Time Presentation title Speaker
13:30 – 13:40 Module 1- Introduction Peter Calcetas, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA, ENV SP, FCSCE – Executive Vice President, BEST Consultants, Contributor to UHPC related standards including CSA A23.1-19 Annex U and ACI C239.
13:40  –14:10 Module 2- Introduction to UHPC
14:10  – 15:00 Module 3- Material Properties, Characterization, Batching, Handling, Placing & Curing UHPC
15:00 – 15:20                                                          20-minute Coffee break
15:20 – 16:15 Module 4 – Structural Design “Katrin Habel,, P.Eng. (she/her)

Manager, Transportation Structures

Associated Engineering (B.C.) Ltd., Contributor to UHPC related standards CSA S6, CSA A23.1-19 Annex U and ACI C239.

16:15 – 16:40 Module 5 – Design Example
16:40 – 17:00 Module 6 – Applications


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