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Bridge Inspection Nondestructive Evaluation Seminar (BINS)

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
2 Days
1.2 Units
$675 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


The FHWA Office of Infrastructure R&D, in cooperation with the FHWA Office of Bridge Technology and the FHWA Resource Center, has identified that the need exists within state Departments of Transportation (DOT) for training on selected nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods that can be used to assess existing conditions in highway bridge structures during routine inspections, supplementing visual inspections.

The Bridge Inspectors Nondestructive Evaluation Seminar (BINS) is a two-day course which provides bridge inspectors the ability to see the latest in commercially available nondestructive tools and systems for use on bridges. The workshop is presented through a series of lectures, and instructional videos showing basic operation of the equipment.

This seminar is designed to provide bridge inspection staff the opportunity to view efficient and effective inspection tools and techniques, with the ultimate goal of achieving safer bridges through more reliable bridge inspections. It features 17 NDE methods over the two-day course.

Course instructors are qualified engineers experienced in using NDE equipment on bridges.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP) expectations as they relate to NDE
  • Compare the various stress wave NDE methods as used in steel bridge inspection
  • Demonstrate understanding of stress wave and electromagnetic methods by choosing applicable NDE methods for specific defects
  • Summarize how NDE was used to assist decision makers in the repair of the Sherman Minton Bridge
  • Restate the theories, applications, advantages and limitations of various NDE testing methods
  • Compare the theories and applications of various acoustic stress wave testing methods for concrete and timber inspections
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electromagnetic and electric NDE methods in bridge inspection programs
  • Summarize how replacement of the USH 1 Bridge was used to validate various NDE methods


The primary audience for the Bridge Inspection Non-Destructive Evaluation Showcase (BINS) course is Federal, State, and local highway bridge inspectors, consultants, and bridge inspection staff.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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