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: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

The teaching will be mainly given online, and the zoom link can be found in MyCourses. 2-3 contact sessions might be (to be confirmed) organized. Office hours will be available for students who want to discuss face to face with the responsible teacher. 

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


CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • applies in this implementation

    Student seminar Ⅰ (about Eurocodes) & Homework: 20%

    Bridge model design/test and presentation (group project): 20%

    Final exam: 60%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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. 

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.