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Course Description

Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
COURSE NUMBER: FHWA-NHI-130056
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Length
CEU
Host Price
2018
5 Days
3.4 Units
$1150 Per Participant
2019
5 Days
3.4 Units
$1200 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), a Bridge Inspector must successfully complete an FHWA-approved comprehensive training to become a certified Bridge Inspection Team Leader, or Program Manager. This FHWA-approved course, intended for Professional Engineers (PEs), is based on the "Bridge Inspector's Reference Manual" (BIRM) and provides training on the safety inspection of in-service highway bridges. It has been streamlined to better suit experienced Professional Engineers, while retaining strong emphasis on bridge inspection, documentation, and coding requirements. The course is a 5-day adaptation of FHWA-NHI 130055 training course and includes one virtual bridge inspection trip (VBI) or bridge inspection field trip; new instruction on critical findings, their identification and response; curriculum on the new AASHTO Element level evaluation; and updated activities that maximize participant engagement throughout the course. This course does not go into depth on stream stability and scour or fracture critical, underwater, or complex bridge inspections. NHI does have other specialty courses in stream stability and scour (FHWA-NHI-135047) fracture critical inspection (FHWA-NHI-130078) and underwater safety inspection (FHWA-NHI-130091).

Participant Prerequisite Requirement: ALL participants must be certified professional engineers (PE) showing evidence of such certification upon arrival at the course, have met one of the three prerequisite requirements for participation in the FHWA-NHI-130056 course* and bring a course completion certificate bearing their name to the first day of the NHI-FHWA-130056 session. The passing score for all prerequisites is 70% or better. Individuals have the option to complete one of the three prerequisite requirements: 1) Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors (FHWA-NHI-130054), five-day instructor-led course; 2) Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges (FHWA-NHI-130101), 14-hour, Web-based training and assessment; and/or 3) Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges (FHWA-NHI 130101a), Web-based assessment.

Host Requirement: The host/sponsoring agency is required to provide transportation for course participants to attend the field trip portion of this course at the host/sponsoring agency's own expense if the VBI option is not chosen. Please coordinate with the instructor on the timing of the field trip. Additionally, the host must ensure that ALL students have successfully met the prerequisite requirements*, are certified Professional Engineers, and have a valid course completion certificate for one of the three prerequisite options.

*Please note: prerequisite must be completed within within the last 2 years prior to the FHWA-NHI-130056 session start date.

OUTCOMES:

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

  • Describe the importance of bridge inspection
  • Define the fundamental bridge inspection concepts
  • Describe the basic bridge materials
  • Identify and discuss mitigation strategies for personal and public safety issues associated with bridge inspections
  • List the inspection equipment needs for various types of bridges and site conditions
  • Describe the various components of bridge inspection reporting
  • Identify, evaluate, and document the various deficiencies that can exist on bridge decks
  • List design characteristics of common concrete superstructures
  • Describe inspection methods and locations for common concrete superstructures
  • Identify and evaluate the various bridge bearing, substructure, and waterway deficiencies
  • Discuss the need to inspect underwater portions of bridges
  • Describe nondestructive evaluation methods for the three basic bridge materials
  • Demonstrate how to field inspect and evaluate a common concrete bridge
  • List design characteristics of common steel superstructures
  • Describe inspection methods and locations for common steel superstructures
  • Identify and evaluate the various culvert deficiencies
  • Demonstrate how to field inspect and evaluate a common steel bridge
  • List design characteristics of common timber superstructures

TARGET AUDIENCE:

The target audience for this course are Federal, State, and local highway agency employees; and consultants with a Professional Engineer (PE) designation that are involved in inspecting bridges or in bridge inspection management and leadership positions. A background in bridge engineering is strongly recommended. All participants must successfully complete (score 70% or better) one of the following three prerequisite requirements within two years prior to attending this training: 1) 130054 Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors; 2) 130101 Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges; or 3) 130101a Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at nhicustomerservice@dot.gov or 877.558.6873.


PREREQUISITES:

Participant Prerequisite Requirement: ALL participants must be certified Professional Engineers (PE) showing evidence of such certification upon arrival at the course, have met one of the three prerequisite requirements for participation in the FHWA-NHI-130056 course* and bring a course completion certificate bearing their name to the first day of the NHI-FHWA-130056 session. The passing score for all prerequisites is 70% or better. Individuals have the option to complete one of the three prerequisite requirements: 1) Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors (FHWA-NHI-130054), five-day instructor-led course; 2) Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges (FHWA-NHI-130101), 14-hour, Web-based training and assessment; and/or 3) Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In- Service Bridges (FHWA-NHI 130101a), Web-based assessment.

*Please note: prerequisite must be completed within 2 years of the FHWA-NHI-130056 session start date.

130056 SESSION INFORMATION:

Start Date: 6/25/2018
End Date: 6/29/2018
Location: AUSTIN, TX
Local Coordinator: Shandon Richardson (512) 486-5428
Availability:
No Public Seats Available
 
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
 
No FHWA Seats Available
 
Start Date: 7/23/2018
End Date: 7/27/2018
Location: COLUMBUS, OH
Local Coordinator: Debbie Cox (614) 466-2307
Availability:
0 Public Seats
$1150 Per Participant
 
3 FHWA Seats
 
Start Date: 9/10/2018
End Date: 9/14/2018
Location: SCHAUMBURG, IL
Local Coordinator: Amy Young (217) 782-4731
Availability:
No Public Seats Available
 
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
 
3 FHWA Seats
 

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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited 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 Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

 

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