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Rail Road Education & Training

Railroad Bridge Inspection

When - Where

May 19-21, 2020

(8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time)
Galveston Railroad Museum
2602 Santa Fe Pl
Galveston, TX  77550
Tel: 409-765-5700 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.

INSTRUCTOR

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.

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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