Accelerated Bridge Construction 101

Accelerated Bridge Construction 101

February 16, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“I learned so much, it was great!” Intern, RockSol Constulting Group

“Professor Attanayake made this course a great experience. He considered every attendee and helped with the understanding for everyone, despite the differences in everyone’s background/experience level.” Engineer in Training, RockSol Consulting Group

Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) incorporates innovative planning, design, materials, and construction methods to reduce costs, construction time, and road user impacts, minimizing traffic delays and community disruption while increasing safety in construction. This course will provide an overview of ABC concept and techniques. Attendees will learn about:

  • Prefabricated bridge elements and systems
  • Bridge move with lateral slide techniques
  • Bridge move using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT)
  • Tools to evaluate bridge construction techniques for a site
  • Real-world Implementation case studies and resources

Register now for the opportunity to understand the processes and benefits involved in developing new ABC programs and projects, and to enhance existing programs to deliver exceptional bridge projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of Accelerated Bridge Construction
  • Identify the benefits of employing ABC methods in bridge repair and replacement, including those related safety, quality, durability, project costs, and traffic management
  • Review and discuss bridge terminology
  • Analyze various ABC constructs, including precast modular bridge systems
  • Compare bridge move techniques
  • Discuss the tools employed in evaluating construction techniques for specific bridge projects
  • Discuss the basic steps for manufacturing, delivery, and installation of ABC options while comparing to the processes to traditional bridge repair and replacement
  • Examine ABC case studies for best practices and lesson learned


Thursday, February 16, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Welcome, Introduction, and Workshop Overview

Introduction to Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)

  • Fundamentals of Accelerated Bridge Construction
  • Key ABC Concepts
  • Why Accelerated Bridge Construction?
  • ABC Technologies
  • Benefits and Constraints
  • Barriers and Challenges to ABC

Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES)

Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) are manufactured offsite and then transported and assembled at the bridge construction site. Due to the manner in which they are developed and installed, prefabricated systems require innovative planning, engineering design, and high-performance material. This section will examine the benefits of employing prefabricated bridge elements, precast construction fundamentals, precast technology and bridge design, and the most frequently used prefabricated elements in accelerated bridge construction.

Bridge Movement Techniques

  • Operational Constraints
  • Pre-Planning Requirements
  • Rapid Replacement and Rehabilitation
  • ABC Move Methods
  • Lateral Slide Techniques
  • Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT)

Site Evaluation and Project Implementation

The conventional methods of bridge construction are still being followed on many projects. Most projects requiring early completion will make limited, if not total, use of Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques, depending on the results of the site inspection and project surveys, studies, and reports. This section will discuss factors influencing the final determination of the appropriate bridge construction methods for each project, including project schedule, environmental issues, project cost, and site conditions.

Accelerated Bridge Construction Case Studies and Resources

Evaluation and Adjournment


Upul Attanayake, Ph.D., P.E., is the Presidential Innovation Professor in the Department of Civil & Construction Engineering at Western Michigan University. Upul has conducted several short courses on finite element basics and bridge structural analysis using commercially available finite element software programs, accelerated bridge construction, pre-stressed bridge analysis and design, steel girder bridge analysis and design, and non-destructive testing.  He has worked on Michigan DOT-sponsored research projects evaluating bridge structural system performance, concrete durability, accelerated bridge construction techniques, and structural performance through instrumentation and nondestructive testing. 

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Accelerated Bridge Construction 101

February 16, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 13, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint slides and case studies will be used in this program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

This class was developed for inspectors, installers, and design engineers. Previous experience with bridge replacement design, installation, or inspection is not required. Inspectors, installers, engineers, planners, equipment operators, and workers will learn accelerated bridge construction concepts, basic bridge concepts, and techniques critical to the successful installation and inspection of precast bridge elements and systems.

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