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Language: English


Rate : 525 $ + taxes 

Students 250 $ + taxes



The majority of existing bridges not designed to withstand earthquake need to be evaluated to determine the level of their performance with respect to the seismic ground motion to which they may be subjected. The purpose of seismic retrofit of bridges is to identify the supporting elements that are vulnerable to seismic effects, to evaluate their resistance and to enhance their capacity to absorb the energy imposed during a seismic event. This course offers, through case studies of examples based on the bibliography, the options of seismic evaluation and retrofit of bridges..


  • Identify the resisting elements and foundation units that are vulnerable to earthquakes.

  • Identify the type of structures that are vulnerable to earthquakes.

  • Know the soil  type vulnerable to seismic movements.

  • Identify the important parameters necessary for increasing the strength of structural elements.

  • Apply the techniques of retrofit of resisting elements and foundation units of bridges




One day



  • Introduction to seismic waves

  • Fault geometry, seismic waves, earthquake properties and seismic hazard



  • Description of the different bridge components and review of case studies: batteries, bearings etc ...

  • Identification of the load-bearing elements vulnerable to earthquakes

  • Procedure for evaluating the capacity of the supporting elements

  • Procedure for the rehabilitation of supporting elements to increase their capacity to withstand imposed seismic movements

  • Brief introduction to seismic bridge analysis techniques


  • Description of components of bridges

  • Identification of foundation soils that are vulnerable to seismic ground motion with examples

  • Soil classification

  • Geotechnical parameters to take into account


  • Examples of retrofitted bridges: based on the bibliography.


Who Should Attend: 


Civil engineers and structural engineers, contractors, professionals involved in the design and construction of bridges, students and researchers. Participants should have basic knowledge about bridges.

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