Upgrading Bridge Inspection Skills

Regina, Saskatchewan /
Mar 25 - 26, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0305-2362

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • discuss more fatigue resistant design objectives
  • conduct more thorough inspections having gained knowledge of methods for inspection and recognition of significant bridge deterioration problems
  • develop an effective bridge inspection program including a range of suitable techniques
  • use the special inspection techniques vital to different types of bridges
  • improve your bridge management system applying the knowledge acquired at the seminar about such systems used by others

An effective bridge management system, to ensure safety and long useful life of bridges, depends on efficient bridge inspection. Bridge inspectors must understand the relationship between design and inspection to make accurate appraisals of deterioration and maintenance problems, using sound judgment based on an understanding of basic inspection requirements and the need for maintenance and rehabilitation. They must locate and evaluate critical deterioration and understand the effects of deterioration on load capacity and rating for all bridges whether built of concrete, steel or timber.

Besides addressing bridge inspection procedures, this course focuses on detecting and locating critical problems.

Course Outline:

  • Overview of Bridge Inspection Strategy
  • Inspection of Foundations
  • Detailed Visual Inspection of Concrete Bridges
  • Bridge Management System
  • Detailed Visual Inspection of Timber Bridges
  • Detailed Visual Inspection of Culverts
  • Non-Visual Inspection - NDE and Laboratory Testing
  • Detailed Visual Inspection of Steel Bridges and NDT Field Testing methods
  • Detailed Visual Inspection of Steel Bridges

Who Should Attend
Bridge Owners • Bridge Inspectors and Superintendents • Bridge Engineers • Managers • Public Works Officials • Consulting Engineers • Material Testing and Transportation and Public Safety Personnel • Railway Bridge Engineers • Patrol Supervisors• Bridge Foremen • Maintenance Inspectors • Municipal Road Superintendents and Others Responsible for Maintaining, Upgrading and Safeguarding Existing Bridges

Special Features
The course will be of most value to those with some bridge inspection experience who are looking to update, sharpen and broaden their knowledge; prior knowledge of bridge structures is assumed.  Students are encouraged to bring electronic photos of bridge issues they may want to discuss during the course.

More Information


Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:15 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session. 

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Overview of Bridge Inspection Strategy

  • Rationale for an inspection strategy
  • Annual and routine inspections
  • Detailed visual inspection
  • Options for action:  restriction, repair, upgrade, replace

Inspection of Foundations

  • Foundation Structures - footings, foundations, piers and pilings, materials, soil interaction and water interactions
  • Foundation inspection - warning signs of problems
  • Substructure inspection - warning signs of problems
  • Waterways, hydraulic capacity, environmental considerations
  • Scour, embankment stability and erosion
  • Evaluating damage’s effects on structures
  • Remedial actions and repair strategies for Foundations, Substructures, and Waterways

Detailed Visual Inspection of Concrete Bridges

  • Mechanical damage
  • Chemical damage
  • Deck inspections
  • Substructure inspections
  • Inspection of other components (wing walls, etc.)
  • Material and component defects
  • Examples
  • Material and component defects
  • Examples

Bridge Management System

  • Assigning priority to bridge maintenance and rehabilitation work based on criticality derived from inspection reports
  • Inspector's role in the bridge management system
  • Appropriate inspection frequency
  • Condition rating
  • Types of rating systems
  • Condition of components
  • Overall condition

Day II

Detailed Visual Inspection of Timber Bridges

  • Components of timber bridge structures
  • Causes of decay, special testing and inspection equipment for timber to evaluate deterioration wood species and preservatives
  • Condition rating, how timber specifications affects durability

Detailed Visual Inspection of Culverts

  • Erosion and corrosion damage
  • Structure shape concerns
  • Common problems
  • Field inspection
  • Repair and rehabilitation

Discussion Forum - Q&A on Visual Inspection Problems

Non-Visual Inspection - NDE and Laboratory Testing

  • Relationship to visual inspection
  • What tests are available, and what information will they provide
  • Planning, inspection procedure, data collection, access equipment and traffic control
  • Identifying need for further inspection and testing
  • Planning the testing program

Detailed Visual Inspection of Steel Bridges & NDT Field Testing methods

  • Components of steel structures
  • Primary and secondary members
  • Corrosion, determining loss of section
  • Material and component defects
  • Critical and non-critical defects
  • Examples - steel railway bridges
  • Destructive:   Concrete shore sampling
    • Sawn samples
    • Steel coupons
    • Timber core samples
  • Non-Destructive: Corrosion potential, corrosion rate
    • Pachometer
    • Impact echo
    • Ultrasonic
    • Hammer and chain
    • Impact hammer
    • Radar
  • Infrared thermography
  • Magnetic particle liquid penetrant
  • Radiography
  • Laboratory test methods
  • Chloride ion content, permeability
  • Ionic diffusion
  • Air void characteristics
  • Compressive strength
  • Tensile strength
  • Petrographic analysis
  • Alkali aggregate analysis
  • Chemical analysis             

Detailed Visual Inspection of Steel Bridges

  • Supplementary steel inspection with some examples of defects

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Randy Bredo, C.E.T.

Randy Bredo, Certified Engineering Technologist has over 35 years of bridge experience including visual inspection, ultrasonic testing of steel trusses, detailed timber inspection, detailed culvert inspection, magnetic particle inspection and other related bridge activities.

Mr. Bredo has completed approximately 8000 bridge inspections including the Ultrasonic Truss Inspection, Pin and Hanger Inspections, Coverplate Inspections and NU Girder Inspections. Over his career, he has been involved with numerous detailed inspections of treated timber bridges along with many other structures providing depth in cross knowledge of bridges.

He is a present member of Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists and has served as a founding member of the steering committee for The Bridge Inspection and Maintenance System for the Province of Alberta. Mr Bredo was co-recipient of the 2005 Ministerial Award for Innovation and was awarded AMEC Infrastructure's 2006 Innovation Award. In his personal life, he has served two terms as a School Trustee as well as Chairman of the Barrhead School Division.


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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$1495 + taxes


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