HDR Experts Kick Off AISC Night School Series on Steel Bridge Design

(July 11, 2016) - HDR bridge experts recently led the first of eight sessions on steel bridge design for the American Institute of Steel Construction's annual "Night School" series.

Professional Engineers Domenic Coletti, Joanne Shaner and Anna Teague, wrote and presented "Introduction to Bridge Engineering," which commenced AISC's summer-long "Night School" professional development course. The course is part of AISC's ongoing structural steel design and construction curriculum, which turns this summer to the topic of steel bridge design. On July 25, Coletti will return to lead the course's penultimate session, "Effects of Curvature and Skew."

Night School brings together experts from across the industry, who present on a different aspect of the topic every Monday at 7 p.m. until Aug. 1. Each session is broadcast live via webinar. The Night School program was created in 2012, aimed at providing world-class learning opportunities for structural engineers and engineering students. It nevertheless serves as a good refresher course for experienced bridge designers and offers up to 12 professional development hour (PDH) credits.

The opening session led by Coletti, Shaner and Teague introduced students to general bridge engineering with a goal of preparing them for the remainder of the course. It covered nomenclature, superstructure types, bearings and substructure types. Students learned to read bridge plans with a detailed look into framing typically used for steel I-girder bridges. Students also learned to identify the two most ubiquitous bridge-design specifications in the industry: standards set forth by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.

For information on all Night School sessions, and to register, visit the AISC course details page.

About the Presenters

Domenic Coletti is a principal bridge engineer with HDR in its Raleigh, North Carolina, office. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has more than 28 years of structural engineering experience. A 2014 recipient of the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) Fred R. Beckmann Award, Coletti serves on multiple AASHTO subcommittees and task groups.

Joanne Shaner is the Ohio bridge section manager for HDR in Cleveland, Ohio.  She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Ohio University. Joanne's experience spans nearly two decades of bridge design, construction plan development and project management. 

Anna Teague is the bridge group manager for HDR's Raleigh, North Carolina, office.  She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.  Anna has 12 years of experience including the design and inspection of highway and railroad bridges, bridge rating analysis, bridge rehabilitation, retaining wall design and the design and inspection of culverts. 

About HDR's bridge experience

We have a passion for all types of bridges, and offer every bridge-related service you can think of and a few you might not. We work on some of the largest and most complex bridge programs in the United States, including leading the Hoover Dam Bypass design team, winner of the prestigious 2012 ACEC Grand Concept Award; serving as lead designer for both the New NY Bridge replacing the Tappan Zee and the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Program public-private partnership; and co-managing the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III Bridge Delivery Program.

About HDR

HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what's possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.