Contact InformationScott Walbridge

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38066
Location: CPH 3611D


Biography Summary

Scott Walbridge is a Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he has been teaching and conducting research since 2006. Prior to that, he studied at the University of Alberta and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and worked as a structural engineering consultant with Cohos Evamy (now Dialog) in Edmonton. Scott’s research focuses primarily on improving the safety and durability of metal structures in civil engineering applications. His research projects have investigated topics including: fatigue assessment and retrofitting of welded metal structures, encouraging the use of lighter, more corrosion resistant materials in new construction, and the development of new connection concepts to enable modular construction and reduce the costs associated with deconstruction and adaptive reuse. His research employs a broad range of tools, including laboratory testing, fracture mechanics, structural reliability theory, and life-cycle cost analysis. Currently, Scott is active on a number of CSA design code committees. In particular, he is chairing the aluminum structures technical subcommittee of the Canadian bridge design code (S6), as well as serving actively on the S6 technical subcommittee for steel structures, and the technical committees for the structural steel and aluminum welding codes (W59 and W59.2) and the aluminum structures design code (S157). In recent years he has served on the editorial boards for the IABSE journal: Structural Engineering International and the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. Scott is also currently serving as Director for Waterloo’s new Architectural Engineering undergraduate program.

Research Interests

  • Fatigue assessment
  • Fatigue retrofitting
  • Welded metal structures
  • Aluminum Structures
  • Steel Structures
  • Modular construction
  • Design for deconstruction
  • Structural testing
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Structural reliability analysis
  • Life-cycle cost analysis


  • 2005, Doctorate, Civil Engineering, Steel Structures Laboratory (ICOM) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
  • 1998, Master's, Structural Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 1996, Bachelor's, Civil Engineering, University of Alberta


  • CIVE 400 - Civil Engineering Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2015
  • CIVE 414 - Structural Concrete Design
    • Taught in 2015
  • CIVE 498 - Seminar
    • Taught in 2015, 2016
  • CIVE 265 - Structure and Properties of Materials
    • Taught in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • CIVE 700 - Topics in Structural Engineering
    • Taught in 2015
  • CIVE 401 - Civil Engineering Design Project 2
    • Taught in 2016
  • CIVE 512 - Rehabilitation of Structures
    • Taught in 2017, 2018
  • GENE 119 - Problems Seminar
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Enshassi, Mohammed SA and Walbridge, Scott and West, Jeffrey S and Haas, Carl T, Probabilistic Risk Management Framework for Tolerance-Related Issues in Modularized Projects: Local and Global Perspectives, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, 6(1), 2020
  • Fernando, D and Walbridge, S and Wan, B, A Markovian-based methodology for the life-cycle cost analysis of bridge maintenance interventions under changing deterioration rates, Journal of Civil Engineering Inter Disciplinaries, 1(1), 2020, 1 - 12
  • Enshassi, Mohammed SA and Walbridge, Scott and West, Jeffrey S and Haas, Carl T, Dynamic and Proactive Risk-Based Methodology for Managing Excessive Geometric Variability Issues in Modular Construction Projects Using Bayesian Theory, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(2), 2020
  • Shah, LH and Fleury, A and St-George, L and Walbridge, S and Gerlich, AP, Evolution of process parameters in friction stir welding of AA6061 aluminum alloy by varying tool eccentricity, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 109(5), 2020, 1601 - 1612
  • Ranjan, Rakesh and Walbridge, Scott and Shah, Luqman and Gerlich, Adrian, Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics Analysis of Friction Stir Weld Fatigue Performance, 軽金属溶接, 58, 2020
  • Sjaarda, Matthew and West, Jeffrey S and Walbridge, Scott, Reliability Analysis of Welded Stud Shear Connectors on Simply-Supported Bridge Girders, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 2020
  • Shah, LH and Huda, N and Esmaeili, S and Walbridge, S and Gerlich, AP, Structural morphology of Al-Mg-Si alloy friction stir welds through tool eccentricity, Materials Letters, 2020