Civil Engineering

Bridge Design in the Arctic Environment

Dates: July 14th-25th

Cost: $1,200

Building on the experiences and lessons from previous years, the 2014 Civil Engineering Module will again focus on a transportation and bridge theme.

The first week will focus on civil and transportation issues and problems, and how engineers approach solutions to these problems. Students will be taught basic engineering design principles of statics and structural analysis to focus on a final bridge project. Students will undertake a real bridge design project and work through the engineering process of data gathering, developing schematic solutions and working on a preliminary design solution. The final week will involve the final design, material acquisition, construction and testing of the bridge project.

Learning will be through short classroom lessons and longer practical hands on small scale experimentation through the use of various bridge models. Learning will also occur through field trips, guest speakers and tours of UAF Civil Engineering lab facilities. Module sessions will provide adequate breaks and physical activities to keep students focused and engaged.

This year’s final bridge project will again be a full scale, usable, multi-use trail, short span bridge. Due to the students' abilities seen last year, we will be extending the required length of the bridge while maintaining the portability requirement and materials limits of previous years. Private parties and State Agencies have expressed interest in utilizing the final designs and products in current applications.


Dave Waldo

Dave Waldo has been an ASRA co- instructor since 2004. Dave works at Alaska DOT&PF as the Technology Transfer Manager and graduated from UAF in 1990 as a certified teacher.

As a life-long resident to Interior Alaska, Dave loves to promote UAF -

“It’s amazing to me we have this world class institution right in our backyard. It’s a great place to have a high quality educational experience and not have student loans until you’re 45!”

Keith Whitaker

Keith Whitaker, PE, JD, is a Civil Engineer and has recently joined the UAF faculty to manage the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management program. He has worked for 20 years as President and Senior Project Manager of a private consulting firm. He is a registered Civil Engineer in several states and registered Structural Engineer in Massachusetts. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.

Click HERE to read the article written about the ASRA 2014 Civil Engineering students and their module.

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