The Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual (BIRM) published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 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.
Steel Superstructures III is one of a series of PDHengineer’s courses based on the BIRM. The reading material for this course is BIRM’s introductory Section 8.6, Steel Superstructures covering the topic of steel trusses. The course text is extracted from the December 2006 revision of the Federal Highway Administration Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual, publication number FHWA NHI 03-001.
This course is intended primarily for civil, construction, and structural engineers, and would be of particular interest to consulting engineers or to engineers serving in government organizations concerned with the safety of bridges.
To earn PDH credits, you will be required to pass a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Design characteristics
- Definition of through, pony, and deck trusses
- Definition of chord, web, diagonal, vertical members
- Definition of panels, panel points
- Function and location of bracing
- Floor system arrangements
- Identification of primary and secondary members
- Common defects
- Inspection procedures
- Inspection locations for bearing areas, shear zones, tension members, and compression members
- Fatigue-prone details
- Condition-state element assessment
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