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A Practical Guide to Bridge Inspections

2 Day Training Course: A thorough bridge inspection toolkit

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This 2 day training course will examine various types of road structures ranging from large bridges and culverts to the many incidental structures that now accompany major infrastructure projects. It also covers the use of different materials & emergency bridging.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Review the various types of bridge structural inspections currently undertaken
  • Examine the value of Routine Bridge Inspections regarding scope and frequency
  • Explain the detailed inspection process and the value to a road authority
  • Understanding the different types of inspections from simple visual to in depth examinations and where these are relevant
  • Development of ‘Project Hand Over’ inspections – so that the maintenance organisation is not inheriting a ‘lemon’
  • Structural inspections of other items such as sign gantries, retaining walls and noise walls, light spill walls, expansion joints and bridge bearings
  • The common problems that are associated with particular materials such as timber, concrete, steel and masonry
  • OH&S and environmental controls that affect assessment and methodology

About the Course

This course provides participants with a fundamental grounding in the key areas of bridge inspection as it applies today. The course begins with an introduction to inspections before examining each type of inspection and components in detail. It is proposed to revisit some of the old traditional practices and see how they have changed over the years.

Many new engineers are missing out on some of the basics before launching into semi management roles. It is intended that this course will give an insight into some of these practices.

With large contracts, the standard of finish on works being handed over is the lament of the maintenance engineer. Participants will benefit from the instructor’s career and experiences in bridge projects and inspections within Australia and overseas.

Emergency bridging – an area that has been overlooked in recent years. This will also be examined, from incidents such as bush fires, floods and detours for heavy vehicles. Today we tend to re-invent the wheel for each emergency instead of learning from past experience.

Who Will Benefit

Structural engineers who are keen to learn the basic skills in bridge inspection, Bridge inspectors and surveillance officers. Asset managers who may have limited experience in the fields of inspections and project hand over. Construction and maintenance foremen and leading hands who will benefit by understanding the surveillance that will follow.


Glyn Jones


“Different approaches around the country were discussed, experienced approach.”
Bridge Engineer, Gosford City Council

“I enjoyed hearing about Glyn’s experience of bridge defects. Increased my general knowledge of bridge inspections and maintenance.”
Engineer Investigation and Design, Charter Towers Regional Council

“All aspects, different standards of inspections, welding of reo, emergency bridging.”
Structures Superintendent, John Holland

Course Outline


  • Four principal types of inspection
  • Emergency bridging

Examining various types of bridge inspections

  • Level 1 – routine Inspections
  • Level 2 – detailed Inspections
  • Level 3 – scientific inspections and testing
  • Handover inspections – project to maintaining authority

Conducting a routine inspection

  • Cursory inspection
  • Non destructive testing
  • What to look for
  • Basic knowledge requirements for inspectors
  • Reporting and recording

Conducting a detailed inspection

  • Detailed examination and time requirement
  • Non destructive testing
  • Where to look for different defects with differing materials
  • Basic knowledge requirements for inspectors
  • Reporting and recording
  • Need for accuracy

Destructive and non-destructive testing

  • Types of tests for different materials
  • Reporting and formats
  • Qualifications required

Hand-over inspections

  • Purpose of inspection
  • When the hand-over process should begin
  • Basis for inspection – safety, fit for purpose and compliances
  • Specification, aesthetics
  • Who should undertake the inspections
  • Information required by accepting body when being handed a project

Treatments and bridge repair

  • Treatment manuals of different states
  • Overview of some basic treatments

Emergency bridging

  • Bailey bridging
  • CBG bridging
  • SBG bridging
  • Other options
  • Regulations to be aware of
  • Case examples and lessons learnt from incidents such as bush fires, floods and detours for heavy vehicles
  • Flood inspections

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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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