The FHWA Office of Infrastructure R&D, in cooperation with the FHWA Office of Bridge Technology and the FHWA Resource Center, has identified a need for training in select nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods that can be used to assess existing conditions on highway bridge structures during routine inspections. These NDE methods can also be used to supplement visual inspections of highway bridge structures.
The Bridge Inspector Nondestructive Evaluation Seminar (BINS) is a two-day course which provides bridge inspectors and managers the ability to learn about the latest in commercially available nondestructive tools and systems for use on bridges. The seminar is presented through a series of slides, instructional videos, and video demonstrations showing basic operation of the equipment. The training has been fully developed in conjunction with the FHWA's NDE Validation Center and is delivered by qualified instructors experienced in using NDE equipment on bridges.
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. The following NDE methods are discussed: Eddy Current, Ultrasonic Testing, Infrared Thermography, Impact Echo, Ultrasonic Surface Waves, Ground Penetrating Radar, Acoustic Emission, Magnetic Particle, Radiographic, Pulse Velocity, Pulse Echo, Pachometers, Physical Sounding Methods, and Electrical Methods. Additionally, other commonly used equipment will be briefly introduced with basic information provided about attributes in an easy to use reference table and select extra information in the appendix.
The primary target audience for the Bridge Inspection Non-Destructive Evaluation Seminar (BINS) course is federal, state, and local highway bridge inspectors, bridge management staff, and consultants. Individuals involved in material testing, as well as transportation structure design and construction, will find the information useful to ensure quality.
Prior to taking this course, participants should have a broad basic knowledge of physics and engineering principles, a knowledge of the basic bridge inspection fundamentals, a background in bridge engineering or completion of NHI course FHWA-NHI-130054 Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors (strongly recommended), and experience with bridge inspection.
If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.558.6873.