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E – 1504 Bridge Maintenance Manual; Concepts & Management

Intended Audience: civil, construction, and structural engineers



The Bridge Maintenance Training Reference Manual was developed to serve as part of a Federal Highway Administration training course. The objectives of the training are to 1) provide instructions in bridge maintenance and repair procedures, 2) provide an overview of general management techniques useful to a bridge maintenance supervisor or technician, 3) improve work-site safety, and 4) acquaint bridge maintenance personnel with the purpose and function of bridge management systems. The present course is based on Chapters I (Introduction), IV (Bridge Maintenance Concepts), and V (Bridge Maintenance Management) of the manual, and provides an introduction to and discussion of general concepts of bridge maintenance, and also how to manage bridge maintenance.

This course is based on Chapters I (Introduction), IV (Bridge Maintenance Concepts), and V (Bridge Maintenance Management) of the Federal Highway Administration Bridge Maintenance Training Reference Manual, Publication No. FHWA-NHI-03-045, March, 2003.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to identify and discuss:
  • Definition of bridge maintenance
  • Objectives of bridge maintenance
  • Importance of location of bridge maintenance group within a DOT organization
  • Levels of bridge maintenance
  • Common preventive maintenance tasks
  • Importance of preventive maintenance
  • Asset management vs. maintenance management
  • Long-range planning/scheduling
  • Short-term scheduling procedures
  • Job execution
  • Manpower, equipment, and materials
  • Report requirements
  • Reporting procedures
  • Contracts: lump sum, unit price, cost reimbursement, and negotiated
  • Cost comparison – contracting vs. in-house
  • Quality control at the worksite
  • Technical site review
  • Traffic control site review
  • Tools and equipment use site review
  • Rigging and climbing site review
  • Budget and schedule monitoring
  • Methods of quality insurance

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