The Federal Highway Administrations’ Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual (BIRM) serves as the basis of a comprehensive National Highway Institute training program in bridge-safety inspection. The present course covers the basic concepts on the analysis and design of bridges using current AASHTO (American Association of Highway Transportation Officials) specifications. Common types of bridges, bridge loading, load distribution, design of bridge structural components and techniques for bridge inspection and load rating. The course is based on Section P.2 BIRM’s introductory section, Basic Concepts Primer.
To introduce concepts in the analysis and design of reinforced concrete and steel bridges commonly encountered in the highway infrastructure. Understand how bridge members function and recognize the impact a defect may have on the load-carrying capacity of a bridge component or element. To gain experience in the inspection, evaluation, and load rating of existing bridges.
The present course presents the basic principles of bridge mechanics based on Section P.2 of the BIRM (The Federal Highway Administrations’ Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual) introductory section, Basic Concepts Primer.
A minimum of 30 multiple-choice quiz questions will be offered and 70% minimum passing grades are required to successfully complete the course.