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Course Description

Bridges are a critical and vital link in transportation infrastructure. Two major cohorts of bridges, those built before WW2 and those in the three decades thereafter are rapidly reaching the end of their service life and need replacement or are in need of significant rehabilitation. Current levels of infrastructure funding are inadequate to cope with the needs. Effective bridge asset management practises are required to obtain the best value from limited resources. This course will provide participants meaningfully guidance to quantify their bridge infrastructure deficit and prioritize bridge investment.

The objective of this course is to:

  • Better understand the Parameters that impact the Life-Cycle Cost of bridge ownership.
  • Appreciate the Value of a bridge and how this Value should influence Investment in the bridge.
  • Learn how to detect & screen Vulnerable Bridges.
  • Identify best Bridge Asset Management practises.
  • Critically examine Bridge Asset Management tools.

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Day 1

8:30 Registration
8:40 Welcome & Introduction
Introducing Bridge Asset Management
  • Defining Asset Management
  • A conceptual model of Bridge Value
  • Bridge Life Cycle
  • Understanding Bridges as a Perpetual Asset
  • The basic information requirements for a Bridge Asset Management System
Discussion and Questions
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Applied Bridge Management
  • Bridge Failures - Historical & Recent Perspective
  • Identifying & Assessing Bridge Vulnerabilities
  • Evaluating & Quantifying Risks associated with Bridge ownership
  • Exercise in Risk Management
Discussion and Questions
4:30 Adjournment
 

Day 2

8:30 Bridge Economics
  • Valuating a Bridge and its needs
  • PSAB 3150 (Public Sector Accounting Board for Tangible Capital Assets & General
  • Accounting Standards Bureau (GASB) 34
  • Most Viable Rehabilitation Options
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • The importance of "Get in Get Out Stay Out"
  • The Challenge of Forecasting Bridge Deterioration
  • Public-Private Partnerships
9:30 Benchmarking
  • Why Benchmark?
  • CalTrans Health Index
  • Depreciation Damage & Defects Method
Lunch
1:00 Bridge Management Systems
  • Existing Bridge Management Systems - Ontario & US experience
  • Challenges associated with various bridge component rating methods
  • Assessing a bridge in terms of Depreciation, Damage & Defects
  • Implementing a BMS
Applying Bridge Asset Management
  • Optimal Bridge Rehabilitation Strategies
  • Lessons for New Bridge Design
  • Best Management Practises for Existing Bridges
4:00Discussion and Questions
4:30 Adjournment

Notes

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Recommended For

This course will be of interest to:

  • Public Works Officials
  • Bridge Engineers & Technologists
  • Bridge Asset Managers
  • Municipal & Provincial Directors of Infrastructure
  • Bridge Maintenance Managers
  • Bridge Inspection Consultants
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