Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This course aims to help the student develop an intuitive feeling about the structural features of different types of bridges, and enable students to have the basic concepts in proportioning and design of bridges in terms of aesthetics, geographical location and functionality. In addition, this course also aims to describe the research focuses in current engineering practice, such as bridge inspection, monitoring systems as well as the repair and strengthening methods for existing bridges. Evaluate and apply methods to do conceptual (master) level design of a large bridge for aesthetically and functionally demanding city environment.

With passing the course student recognize the fundamental and some specialist issues in bridge design, and can successfully deepen his/her studies by professional training, special assignment or master thesis related to bridge engineering.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Weiwei Lin

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Weiwei Lin

Contact information for the course (valid 03.10.2020-21.12.2112):

The teaching
will be given online, and the zoom link will be provided later in MyCourses.

Students can always
feel free to contact the responsible teacher (Associate Professor Weiwei Lin)
for questions, feedback, or comments. See the contact information below: 

Office: Room
247, Rakentajanaukio 4 A, 02150 Espoo

E-mail: (preferred)

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Introduction of bridge engineering, classification of bridges, bridges design & planning, loads and load distribution, construction materials, general of concrete bridges, reinforced concrete bridges, prestressed concrete bridges, general of steel bridges, truss bridges, cable stayed bridges, suspension bridges, and bridge bearing. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course covers various aspects of bridge
    engineering, including classifications, design loading, analysis methods, and
    constructions. Structural features of different types of bridges, including
    beam bridges, arch bridges, truss bridges, suspension bridges, and cable-stayed
    bridges will be discussed. In addition, this course also provides students with
    fundamental knowledge in inspection, monitoring, repair, strengthening, and
    replacement of bridge structures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment will be conducted considering group project (presentation), bridge (toothpick) model test, and final exam.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Homework and Exercise: 20%

    Bridge design and presentation: 20%

    Final exam: 60%

    For the final exam:
    •3 hours,5 questions(scored 0…5 each).Minimum 10 points are needed to pass the examination

    P.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic, the bridge (toothpick) model test will be canceled. Instead, a student seminar will be organized.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 12×2 hours. Exercise and exercise consultancy 11×2 hours. Total eight hours teaching per week. Homework and student self-learning. Examination 3 hours. Total 135 hours.

  • Applies in this implementation:


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Textbook (e-book is available at aalto university): Bridge Engineering (1st Edition) / W. LIN, and T. YODA / Butterworth-Heinemann, 2017

    Handout will be available in MyCourses. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-11.3001 Design of Bridges (6 Cr)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Skills on creating 2D CAD technical drawings
    CIV-E1020 Mechanics of Beams and Frame Structures
    CIV-E4040 Reinforced Concrete Structures
    CIV-E4060 Steel Structures

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Students with limited structural design knowledge but interested in this course: please contact the teacher in charge.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation: