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This 2 day workshop is a course for practicing engineers on the designing and rating of steel railroad bridges. CEUs: Course attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Education Units, 15 Professional Development Hours, or 15 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units.

1/8/2019 to 1/9/2019
When: Tuesday and Wednesday: January 8 & 9, 2019
From 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM (lunch provided each day)
Where: Construction Institute
260 Girard Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut  06105
United States
Presenter: David Jacobs, MS, PE, University of Hartford
Contact: Richelle Frederick

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Railroad Bridge Engineering 


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford are offering a 2-day course for practicing engineers on the design and rating of steel railroad bridges, including movable bridges. It is assumed that course participants will have a background in structural engineering, but not specifically in the field of railroad bridges.  


Learning Objectives 

  • To cover the basics of the different types of railroad bridge decks.
  • To cover the current AREMA code requirements regarding steel bridges.
  • Go through a detailed step-by-step design of a railroad bridge, as well as the rating of an existing bridge.
  • Although concentration will be on steel bridges, discussion of concrete and wood structures will also be included.

Each student will receive copies of portions of the AREMA specifications sections relating to bridge design and rating, in addition to the PowerPoint presentation used during the lecture.


Who Should Attend

  • Civil engineers with a good structural background but no railroad engineering experience.
  • Consultants, contractors and municipal and state officials who supervise or review railroad bridge design and construction activities.
  • Students interested in the subject of railroad bridges.

Instructor Bio

David Jacobs, M.S., PE, University of Hartford

David Jacobs teaches at the University of Hartford.  He is retired from Metro-North Railroad and is an experienced senior manager with masters' degrees in transportation and industrial engineering. He was PM on the PECK drawbridge, reconstruction of Manhattan's Park Avenue tunnel and rehabilitation of Metro-North's five movable bridges. Mr. Jacobs is currently a consultant on the design of the new Norwalk River railroad bridge of the Connecticut DOT.



Members: $595 / Non-Members: $795

Members, please login prior to registering to receive the member discount.


Students of the University of Hartford and University of Connecticut may attend this session for a discounted rate of $40.  University ID number is required at the time of registration. For questions, contact Richelle Frederick at


Continuing Educational Credit

Construction Institute is an AIA Registered Provider,  CCM Recertification Point Provider and NYS approved sponsor of CE - NYS sponsor # 9040


Course attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Education Units, 15 Professional Development Hours, 15 CCM Renewal Points and/or 15 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, verified through certificates of attendance, which are sent to participants after completion of workshop and assessment.


Course attendees wishing to receive AIA Continuing Education Learning Units and/or CCM Renewal Points should check in at the sign-in desk and fill out the appropriate attendance form(s) to receive credit.




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