Course Description :

Students in this class will meet during the Spring 2022 semester in Blacksburg and then participate in a travel portion May 15-27, 2022 to Italy, Austria, & Switzerland.

Students will learn about famous bridge designs, the builders who created them and the impact to the society where these bridges are located. Students will visit the communities and bridges to finalize the learning in this class.

This class will count as an additional elective for CE majors.

For more information and to get enrolled in the class, please contact Lindy Cranwell, lindycra@vt.edu. Program fee for travel is $2,980. Students will need to purchase their own airfare.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Understand the historical development of bridge systems
  • Identify leading bridge engineers and their contributions to the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice of bridge design and construction
  • Identify a wide variety of structural systems used in bridge design
  • Understand the basic engineering principles behind bridge design
  • Recognize the social impacts of bridges on communities
  • Understand the underlying concepts in the development of bridge specifications
  • Identify new developments in bridge design and construction
  • Appreciate the aesthetic value of well-designed bridges
Course Prerequisite :
Pre-req or co-req is ESM 2204 (CE & CEM majors) OR ESM 3704 (Arch majors).
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Semester Offered :
Fall, Spring
Course Comment :
Students who are enrolled in this class MUST participate in the travel portion. TRAVEL from May 15-27, 2022. Some supplemental scholarships will be available from the CEE department.
Faculty :