Introduction to Bridge Design for Non-Engineers

January 16, 2018


Types of Bridges: Function, Design, and Building Material


NOTE: Assessment will be emailed at the adjournment of the webinar.


Paul Ching, Program Manager, Accelerated Freight Corridor Improvement Division of Design, California Department of Transportation

Paul is currently the Chief of the Office of Bridge Design in Southern California with the California of Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  The office delivers state highway design projects located in southern California regions.  He has held prior assignments such as being the Chair of Caltrans Accelerated Bridge Construction Council where he was responsible for organizing and developing engineering standards, guidelines, and policies for implementing accelerated bridge construction practices in Caltrans.  Also, Paul was the Chair of the Structural Analysis Committee, where he led the efforts to develop guidelines and training materials to help engineers to use appropriate analysis methods for design and for LRFD specs applications.  In addition, Paul previously managed Caltrans Office of Earthquake Engineering directing the research and development of seismic analysis and design guidance and standards for bridge structures.  He has worked for the California Department of Transportation for 18 years.   

He has extensive experience and expertise in bridge design, earthquake engineering, and structural blast resistant design.  Over the years, he has served as the Seismic Specialist, and Structures Project Engineer on bridge projects in the San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas and served as an instructor for the Seismic Design course in the Bridge Design Academy.

Paul is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Master’s of Engineering in Civil Engineering.  He also has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UC Davis. Prior to state service, Paul worked for a private bridge and structure design consulting firm designing high-rise building structures, long-span mega structures, and bridges.