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Professional course

Bridge Inspection

About this course

Course code:
Z42000139
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Geography and Environmental Management
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Six days. Three, 2 day courses.
Course director:
Dr Adrienn Tomor

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

The bridge inspection process is a fundamental part of the effective management of bridges as set out in the Code of Practice for the Management of Highway Structures. Bridge inspections can have a significant impact on maintenance regimes, financial planning and, ultimately, the safety of the public. Therefore, the importance of the bridge inspector cannot be understated.

The UK Bridges Board, supported by the Bridge Owners Forum, recognised this problem and commissioned the development of a 'Bridge Inspection Competence and Training Manual".

The purpose of this new suite of courses offered by the University of the West of England is to help delegates to understand the wide ranging processes associated with the inspection of bridges within the overall asset management framework for highway structures.

Attendance on these courses will help delegates to achieve the level of competence required to be assessed as a bridge inspector or senior bridge inspector.

The suite of courses will also be of interest and value to bridge managers and other technical staff who have the responsibility for managing highway structures.

Speakers: Graham Cole, Adrienn Tomor and further specialists in various fields to be confirmed later.

Structure

Content

The suite of courses is structured to cover the seven Core Competences of the DfT Bridge Inspection Certification Scheme as follows:

  • Unit C1 Introduction to Inspections
  • Unit C2 Structures Types and Elements / Behaviour of Structures
  • Unit C3 Inspection Process
  • Unit C4 Defects, Descriptions and Causes
  • Unit C5 Investigation and Testing
  • Unit C6 Repair Techniques
  • Unit C7 General Aptitude

The presented material will refer to the Highways Agency Inspection Manual for Highway Structures and will draw on extensive practical examples provided by the course tutors. The course titles and dates are as follows:

  • Bridge Inspection Day 1 - The Bridge Inspection Process
  • Bridge Inspection Day 2 - Structural Form, Materials and Behaviour
  • Bridge Inspection Day 3 - Bridge Defects: Descriptions and Causes
  • Bridge Inspection Day 4 - Field Trip
  • Bridge Inspection Day 5 - Bridge Investigation and Testing
  • Bridge Inspection Day 6 - Assessment, Repair and Strengthening of Bridges

Each course is designed to be a stand-alone activity. Thus delegates who are only interested in a single topic will not need to attend the whole suite of courses. However, delegates may need to attend more than one course in order to achieve the level of knowledge required by the scheme. Discounts will be available for delegates who wish to attend more than one course in a single academic year.

Course Programme

Day 1: The Bridge Inspection Process

  • Introduction
  • Purpose of Bridge Inspections
  • Code of Practice for the Management of Highway Structures
  • Inspectors Roles, Responsibilities and Competence
  • The Accreditation Process
  • Inspection Types
  • Scheduling Inspections
  • Risk Based Inspection Intervals
  • Planning and Preparing for Inspections
  • Health and Safety
  • Performing Inspections
  • Recording Inspections
  • Summary

Day 2: Structural Form, Materials and Behaviour

  • Introduction
  • Structures Types and Elements
  • Structural Mechanics and Behaviour
  • Properties of Construction Materials Concrete
  • Properties of Construction Materials Steel and Metals
  • Properties of Construction Materials Masonry
  • Properties of Construction Materials - Timber

Day 3: Bridge Defects: Descriptions and Causes

  • Introduction
  • Principal Causes of Defects
  • Concrete Defects
  • BCI and Concrete Defects
  • Steel Defects
  • BCI and Steel Defects
  • Masonry Defects
  • BCI and Masonry Defects
  • Other Defects
  • Summary

Day 4: Field Trip

  • Inspection of Bridges
  • Discussion

Day 5: Bridge Investigation and Testing

  • Introduction
  • The Purpose of Testing
  • Common Testing Techniques
  • An Effective Testing Programme
  • Concrete Testing
  • Testing of Metals
  • Masonry Testing
  • Investigation Processes
  • Ecology
  • Procurement Processes

Day 6: Assessment, Repair and Strengthening of Bridges

  • Introduction
  • Evaluation of Inspection and Testing Techniques
  • Maintenance Techniques
  • Bridge Assessment
  • Repair Techniques for Concrete Structures
  • Repair Techniques for Metal Structures
  • Repair Techniques for Masonry Structures

 

Learning and Teaching

The suite of courses will be led by highly experienced practitioners and academics.

Wherever possible the courses will be run in a workshop format that emphasises the practical nature of the topic whilst ensuring that delegates have sufficient understanding of the theoretical background required of a bridge inspector.

The inspection module will include a day of fieldwork where the practical aspects of bridge inspection can be experienced at first hand.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Full fee: £220 per day or £1,200 for all six days

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Dates

September run of this course is now full. Dates for the second run to be announced shortly. Please register your interest by completing the online enquiry form in the how to apply section.

Location

Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

September run of the Bridge Inspection Course is now full. We are now in the process of arranging a second run of the course which will run later in the year. Dates for this course will be announce on the website shortly.

For all enquiries or to register your interest please complete one of our online enquiry forms or contact us on the number below. For the 6 day course please complete the enquiery form for Bridge Inspection 1.

Enquiry Forms:

 

For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete one of the online enquiry forms above.
  • Telephone:

    +44 (0)117 32 86728

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