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Description – Per ODOT’s Office of Structural Engineering (OSE), this NHI course is being offered in place of the annual OSE offering of Bridge Inspection Levels 1 and 2, which are being updated with the intent of being available in 2020. This course was updated in 2012 and 2015 and now contains mandatory Prerequisite Requirements for participants (see page 2) and host requirements in preparation for the field exercises. This course is based on the 2015 FHWA “Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual (BIRM)” and provides training on the safety inspection of in-service highway bridges. The course includes two virtual bridge inspection exercises* facilitated using NHI's virtual bridge inspection (VBI) computer-based training (CBT) technology; instruction on critical findings, their identification and response; curriculum on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) element level inspection approach using the 2013 AASHTO Manual for Bridge Element Inspection 2015 Interim Revisions; and activities that maximize participant engagement throughout the course. This course does not go into depth on fracture critical, underwater, or complex bridge inspections (other NHI specialty courses cover these topics). Participants will be asked to complete mid-term and end-of-course assessments each with a cumulative score of 70% or better to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion.
Who Should Attend? – Federal, State and local highway agency employees and consultants involved in inspecting bridges, or in bridge inspection management and leadership positions. A background in bridge engineering is strongly recommended. See Prerequisite Requirement listed below.
Instructor – Gregory Roy, P.E. from the engineering consulting firm of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI).
Registration Information – The fee for this course is $2,150 per person, as established by NHI.
ODOT Employees Payment Information: Please provide your
District/Division _______ Cost Center _______SAC _________ in the Additional Information section (Q010) of the registration form and funds will be transferred when the class is completed.
Note: Registrants who will be unable to attend the training after registering are required to cancel a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the course start. Failure to cancel prior to the 3 week cut-off will result in the participant being charged the full cost of the course. Failure to attend the entire course will result in the participant being charged the full cost of the course.
Any registrant requiring a reasonable accommodation during training (i.e., mobility or access) should contact LTAP prior to the course so the appropriate arrangements can be made.
If you have additional questions about your registration, please contact Ohio LTAP at (614) 387-7359. You may also email questions to LTAP@dot.ohio.gov. Ohio LTAP reserves the right to cancel this workshop for any reason.
Participant Prerequisite Requirement
Please refer to the NHI Course Description/Prerequisites for FHWA-NHI-130055 for complete details. Per the National Highway Institute, ALL participants must have met one of the three pre-requisite requirements for participation in this course* and bring a course completion certificate bearing their name to the first day of the class. The passing score for all pre-requisites is 70% or better.
Individuals have the option to complete one of the following three prerequisite requirements:
1) 130054 Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors, a 5-day Instructor-led course (the 2019 NHI course fee is $1,175);
2) 130101 Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges, a 14-hour Web-based training and assessment (no course fee per NHI); or
3) 130101a Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges, a Web-based assessment (no course fee per NHI).
* Please note: prerequisite must be completed within two years before the course start date. Additionally, it is recommended that prior to attending this course, participants spend some time in the field, at bridge inspection sites, but not required.
If you have not already completed one of the prerequisite options, please visit the NHI website to search by course number and register: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/home.aspx. You will need to complete the requirement before September 30, 2019.
Please be sure to bring your prerequisite completion certificate with you on the first day of the Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course (September 30, 2019).
Field Component: This course will include one or more field days for bridge inspection activities. Attendees should have weather-appropriate clothing and minimum PPE (ANSI II vest and Hard Hat). Additional information will be provided at the course.