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Bridge Inspector’s Manual (FHWA) Part IV: Primer on Bridge Mechanics and Components (6 credit hours/6 HSW Hours)
The Federal Highway Administration’s Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual (BIRM) is a comprehensive manual on programs, procedures, and techniques for inspecting and evaluating a variety of in-service highway bridges.  BIRM serves as the basis of a comprehensive National Highway Institute training program in bridge-safety inspection. This 6 hour course is based on pp. P.1.1-P.2.36 of BIRM’s introductory sections, Basic Concepts Primer, and treats the topics of bridge components and elements and bridge mechanics.
Mark Rossow
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
  • Students will learn to recognize the major bridge components and shapes.
  • Students will learn the common connections.
  • Students will become aware of the characteristics of decks, superstructures, and substructures.
  • Students will become familiar with the types and function of bearings.
  • Students will learn about bridge design loadings.
  • Students will understand a bridge’s response to loadings.
  • Students will learn about bridge movements.
  • Students will learn about bridge design methods, bridge ratings, span classifications, and bridge roadway interactions.
  • Students will understand the concept of redundancy as it applies to bridge design.
  • Students will become familiar with the various types of bridge foundations.

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