Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

The Vice Deanship of the Joint First Year for Educational Affairs Organizes a Course Entitled: ‘Introduction to Engineering Bridges’




Out of the keenness of His Excellency Dean of the Joint First Year, Dr. Saad bin Saeed Al-Ghamdi, to develop academic and professional performance of the deanship students, and in order to enhance the progress of achievement and excellence, the Student Advisory and Support Unit, under the supervision of His Excellency Dr. Waheeb bin Dakhilullah Al-Harbi, the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs (male section) at Al-Abdiyyah, organized a training course entitled "Engineering Bridges." This course was presented by His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Al-Zharif, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University, on Thursday, 19 Jumada Al-Thani, 1441 A.H.

A total of 40 students from the Joint First Year Vice Deanship participated in the course. It included several main goals, the most important of which are:

  • Learning how to undertake an economic feasibility study of engineering bridges.
  • Acquainting the students with the difference between an architectural engineer and a structural engineer.
  • Acquainting students with the quality of roads and their grades.
  • Identifying the need for bridges and the suitability of planning for the topography of the site.
  • Determining the type of structural framework for engineering bridges (wood - concrete - metal - mixed - mobile - fixed).
  • Acquainting students with the span of the bridge and determining the points of pressure and tension.
  • Identifying obstacles to planning engineering bridges.
  • Acquainting students with the bridge's compatibility with the general site, both architecturally and aesthetically.

At the end of the course, the trainer gave the students many questions and discussed the answers with them.

One of the students asked a question about how to improve the metal bridges during their regular maintenance.

The answer was that there are many bridges that need to be redesigned due to improvements in bridge planning (such as increasing the number of lanes, changing the height of the water level in the watercourse, and increasing the capacity of public utilities, including water, sanitation and telephones, which are linked to the bridge’s structural framework. Therefore, the final design of these elements must be completed at an early stage to avoid increasing the costs of construction of the bridge, as well as increasing the time needed to redesign it.

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