Bridge with metal railings

Professional course

Bridge Inspection

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
Six days
Programme leader:
Dr Adrienn Tomor

Page last updated 29 August 2019


Online remote delivery of the course is available on request. This covers days 1,2,3,5 & 6 at a discounted rate of £1000. Please see the 'Trial on-line delivery' option under 'How to Apply' below.

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.



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

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

CohortFull Fee - 6 daysFee per day
February 2020TBCTBC

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

Course Dates


February 2020

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6









09.30 - 16.30

09.30 - 16.30

09.30 - 16.30

09.30 - 16.30

09.30 - 16.30

09.30 - 16.30


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

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this programme, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

If you wish to book onto all 6 days please complete the 6 Day Booking Form.

If you wish to book onto more than one course (but not onto all 6 days), you will need to complete the booking form for each appropriate course. After submitting your initial booking form, you will be given the option to book onto other related courses which will allow you to reuse your original booking form data.


February 2020

Full 6 Day Course

Day 1 only

Day 2 only

Day 3 only

Day 4 only

Day 5 only

Day 6 only

Trial on-line delivery*










Enquire Now

Enquire Now

Enquire Now

Enquire Now

Enquire Now

Enquire Now

Enquire Now

Enquire Now

*Online remote delivery of the course is available on request. This covers days 1,2,3,5 & 6 at a discounted rate of £TBC. Access to individual day's is also available. Please use the Enquire Now link above to contact us if you would like to pursue this option.

For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding the administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or telephone number below. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927

Back to top