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Rail Road Education & Training

Railroad Bridge Inspection

When - Where

May 13-15, 2020

(8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
ORNL Hardin Valley Campus 2nd floor meeting room
(formerly NTRC)
2360 Cherahala Blvd.
Knoxville, TN  37932
Tel: 865-946-1500 for directions

Register ONLINE here.

OR:

Register by fax or mail. Click here to download the brochure.

What this is about

Objectives and Benefits


  • Present and describe bridge terminology and functions of bridge components.
  • Present bridge Inspection procedures and a format for documentation of the inspection process.
  • Acquire an understanding of the basic maintenance and rehabilitation Practices.

INSTRUCTORS

Richard M. Bennett, Ph.D., P.E.

Richard M. Bennett is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Engineering Fundamentals at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where his specialty area is structural engineering. He has won numerous teaching awards, and has been teaching timber and steel bridge inspection for over 20 years. He works closely with the Tennessee Forest Products Center, particularly in the area of nondestructive evaluation of wood. Dr. Bennett is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee.

David B. Clarke, P.E.

Dr. Clarke is the Director the Center for Transportation Research and a research associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee. His over 30 years of experience encompass a variety of railroad related design, inspection, research and education activities. He has taught railway related courses including this one, to college students and professionals since 1990. Dr. Clarke is well versed in the Federal Track Safety Standards covered in this course, and is frequently engaged as an expert to assess track conditions. As a licensed civil engineer, Dr. Clarke prepares specifications and designs for railroad track construction and maintenance. He is a licensed civil engineer in South Carolina and Tennessee and is active in AREMA, ASCE and TRB.

Who Should Attend

Persons having bridge inspection and maintenance responsibilities at shortline, regional, and Class I railroads; railroad contractors and consultants; and state and local government officials associated with railroad operation, finance, and regulation will find this workshop beneficial.

Agenda

Day 1
(Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.)

PART A: TIMBER BRIDGES INTRODUCTION

  • Terminology
  • Materials
  • Components
  • Loadings
WOOD MECHANICS
  • Properties of wood
  • Behavior of wood
  • Wood deterioration
  • Species and grades
  • Wood connectors
LOAD RATING

BRIDGE INSPECTION METHODS
  • Visual
  • Non-destructive testing

BRIDGE INSPECTION
  • Organization
  • Records
  • Frequency
  • Deck/Timber
  • Substructure
  • Details

Day 2
(Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.)

PART A: TIMBER BRIDGES (CONT.)

MAINTENANCE & REHABILITATION

  • Deck, Open/Ballast
  • Walkways/Railings
  • Stringers
  • Caps
  • Piles and Posts
  • Substructure

PART B: STEEL BRIDGES

INTRODUCTION
  • Terminology
  • Materials
  • Components
  • Loadings

PROPERTIES OF STEEL
LOADS AND RATING
FATIGUE AND CORROSION
FASTENERS
BRIDGE COMPONENTS AND TYPES
  • Decks
  • Rolled Beam Bridges
  • Deck Plate Girders
  • Floor Systems
  • Through Plate Girders
  • Trusses

Day 3
(Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.)

PART B: STEEL BRIDGES (CONT.)

BRIDGE INSPECTION

  • Frequency
  • Substructure
  • Details
  • Piers & Abutments

MAINTENANCE & REHABILITATION

PART C: CONCRETE BRIDGES

INTRODUCTION

  • Terminology
  • Materials
  • Components
CONCRETE DETERIORATION
BRIDGE COMPONENTS AND TYPES
  • Reinforced Concrete Bridges
  • Prestressed Concrete Bridges
  • Abutments and Piers
  • Masonry Arches


Fee

The course registration of $635 includes course materials and refreshments. Registration fees must be received at least two weeks prior to workshop to guarantee your place in the class. Attendees are responsible for meals and lodging. Registrants will be provided information on available lodging in the course vicinity.

Register ONLINE here.

OR:

Click here to download the brochure and fax or mail it in.


 


 

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