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Shared Bridge Preservation Training

This page of the TSP2 website is dedicated to sharing Agency training.  Training Modules, PowerPoint Presentations, and other Instructional Items used in personnel development are posted on this site.

Persons interested in sharing Bridge Preservation instructional tools used by their agencies should contact Ed Welch (email hidden; JavaScript is required) who will assist in posting such items after they have been scrutinized for appropriateness of content.

Persons seeking instructional tools for possible use by their agencies should search the indexed items listed by subject and state.

NOTE:  The items posted represent training that may have been appropriate in a specific environment and may not be appropriate for other uses.  States contributing this content are not responsible for any use other than their own. This material should be fully reviewed and approved by other agencies prior to their use.

MnDOT Bridges and Structures Training

The Minnesota DOT (MNDOT) has developed a comprehensive set of bridge training modules that are available online. The following training is available.

E-Learning

• Crack Sealing
• Strip Seal Neoprene Gland Repair

Online Tutorials

• High Strength Bolting Seminar – 2015 – Part 1 (2h 54m 19s)
• High Strength Bolting Seminar – 2015 – Part 2 (2h 24m 08s)
• Test Pile Driving (22m 01s)
• Special Surface Finish (8m 53s)
• Concrete Bridge Deck Placement (16m 38s)
• Low Slump Wearing Course (29m 36s)
• Reinforcement Concrete Placement (24m 17s)

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NHI Bridge Training Courses

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has updated the following bridge training courses for 2017.

  1. 130106A Bridge Preservation Fundamentals
  2. 130106B Establishing a Bridge Preservation Program
  3. 130106C Communication Strategies for Bridge Preservation
  4. 130107A Fundamentals of Bridge Maintenance WBT
  5. 130109A Bridge Management Fundamentals
  6. 130109B Performance-Based Management of Highway Bridges

Premature Paint Failure

Ross Hammock of the Florida DOT has prepared a 21-slide presentation (.pdf) on “Preventing Premature Coating Failure”. Additional documents available include a 90% “Punch-list” (.pdf) to accompany a Paint / Construction Inspection Review, and a 1-page Bridge Inspection Report (.pdf).

Download the following documents:


Construction Procedures and Specifications for Bonded Repair and Retrofit of Concrete Structures using FRP Composites

Construction Procedures and Specifications for Bonded Repair and Retrofit of Concrete Structures using FRP Composites is designed to assist State Department of Transportation (DOT) construction and maintenance operation staff develop knowledge of project requirements of FRP repairs, substrate surface preparation methods, and procedures and steps for installation of FRP systems.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Specifications, including scope, definitions, tolerances, and site considerations
  • Submittal requirements, including working drawings and quality control/quality assurance plans
  • Storage, handling, and disposal requirements, including shelf life, safety hazards, personnel and work place protection, and clean up
  • Various aspects of substrate repairs and surface preparation of concrete structures
  • Use of externally-bonded and near-surface mounted FRP systems for repairs
  • Procedures and steps for installation of externally bonded FRP systems
  • Procedures and steps for installation of near-surface mounted FRP systems
  • Environmental considerations for FRP installation
  • Identification of defects and appropriate solutions of FRP applications

The success of repairs and retrofit of concrete structures using FRP Composite is dependent on State Department of Transportation (DOT) construction personnel taking an active role in ensuring construction procedures and specifications are adhered to. Hence, knowledge of proper construction procedures and specifications for FRP projects is necessary to control quality of work.

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Bridge Preservation Training for Local Agencies – 2016-10-19 – Agenda

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Methods for the Detection of Soluble Salts (48 min)

KTA-Tator, Inc. has made the subject 48-minute training Webinar available.

Topics Covered:
• Overview & purpose – SSPC Guide 15
• Listing of ISO Standards for soluble salt detection
• Methods of surface extraction
• Methods of analysis in the shop or field
• Conversions based on assumption of sodium chloride

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Determining Conformance to Steel Profile / Surface Roughness / Peak Count Requirements (26 min)

KTA-Tator, Inc. has made the subject 26-minute training Webinar available.

Topics Covered:
• Review of Industry Standards
• Review of instrumentation and measurement acquisition procedures
• Content of SSPC-PA 17 Standard

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Coating Adhesion Testing Methods and Equipment (50 min)

KTA-Tator, Inc. has made the subject 50-minute training Webinar available.

Topics Covered:
• Why measure adhesion properties?
• What is being measured?
• Selecting an adhesion testing method
• Measuring adhesion by the tape test
• Measuring adhesion by the knife test
• Measuring pull-off adhesion
• Special requirements for testing concrete coating adhesion
• Common pitfalls when testing coating adhesion
• Reporting

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SSPC-PA 2: Procedure for Determining Conformance to Dry Coating Thickness Requirements (44 min)

KTA-Tator, Inc. has made the subject 44-minute training Webinar available.

Topics Covered:
• Background of SSPC- PA 2
• Overview and purpose of SSPC-PA 2
• Purpose of ASTM D 7091
• Definitions
• Gage Descriptions
• Calibration, Verification of Accuracy, and Adjustment
• Measurement Procedures
• Frequency and number of measurements
• Conformance to specified thickness
• Content of nine appendices

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NHI Bridge Training Courses

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has announced the following bridge training courses for 2015.

  1. 130106A Bridge Preservation Fundamentals
  2. 130106B Establishing a Bridge Preservation Program
  3. 130106C Communication Strategies for Bridge Preservation

Bridge-Related Links

Here are some useful bridge-related links:

  1. VA DOT Bridge Maintenance Guidance – Chapter 32
  2. FHWA Bridge Preservation Toolbox
  3. FHWA Bridge Preservation Guide
  4. SHRP2 Nondestructive Testing to Identify Concrete Bridge Deck Deterioration
  5. AASHTO Bridge Preservation Definition
  6. AASHTO TSP2 Bridge Preservation Website
  7. Presentations from the 2014 AASHTO TSP2 National Bridge Preservation Partnership Conference
  8. NCHRP Bridge and Structure Research Updates – 2013 AASHTO SCOBS Meeting
  9. Research Projects Sponsored By The Bridge Technical Working Group of AASHTO SCOM – 2014 AASHTO TSP2 National Bridge Preservation Partnership Conference
  10. Virginia Concrete Conference Presentations
  11. Florida – Bridge Maintenance & Repair Handbook
  12. Georgia – Bridge Structure Maintenance And Rehabilitation Repair Manual
  13. New York – Fundamentals Of Bridge Maintenance And Inspection
  14. Ohio – On-line Bridge Maintenance Manual Preventive Maintenance/Repair Guidelines for Bridges and Culverts
  15. Delaware – Bridge Manual
  16. Iowa Bridge Maintenance Manual
  17. NPS Bridge Owners Maintenance Manual

Protective Coating of Bridges

In a joint effort, the FHWA and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) have produced the following three training videos for individuals who perform and / or supervise bridge preservation activities in the field, including bridge preservation contractors as well as State DOT and Local Public Agency personnel and consultants. The training was developed with the input of industry experts associated with SSPC, AASHTO, ARTBA, and the University of Kentucky.

  1. Safety During Bridge Preservation Activities
  2. Coating and Painting Bridge Superstructures
  3. Sealing and Waterproofing Bridge Decks

Bridge Washing Update

The Northeast Bridge Preservation Partnership’s (NEBPP’s) Working Group on Bridge Washing has produced a PowerPoint update featuring FHWA funding agreements and environmental requirements.


Training Course in Planning and Programming Bridge Maintenance Activities

Pennsylvania has developed a training course titled “Planning and Programming Bridge Maintenance Activities”. The learning objectives of the course are:

  • To promote an understanding of the bridge inspection program, regulations and policies and to bridge the gap between the results of a bridge inspection and recommended bridge maintenance;
  • To inform participants of Best Practices for structural repairs and preventive maintenance;
  • To inform participants of available resources for performing maintenance, including use of PennDOT forms and programs;
  • To promote the development of strategic plans for bridge maintenance.

Download the Handbook (.pdf)
Download the Slide Presentation (.pdf)


Maine DOT

Working Over or Near Water

Maine DOT has published the following safety requirements to be used each time employees are working over or near water:

  1. The 10-minute Job Safety Analysis (JSA) sheet will be filled out for each location.  This document will need to be signed by each employee on the site.
  2. The Maine DOT Bridge Maintenance JSA aid sheet will be used to complete the JSA.
  3. Attached to the JSA will be an Assessment Sheet – any deviation will be noted in a hand-written comment and signed.
  4. Field supervisors will retain these documents for later reference.
  5. Field Bridge Inspectors will record an electronic picture of these documents and store them with the Bridge Inspection report for the next inspection planning.
  6. Training of this process will be integrated with the JSA training and will be done annually at Bridge Inspector Training.

Maine DOT Bridge Collage

Maine DOT has produced the following PowerPoint presentations related to bridge preservation:

  1. Concrete and Steel Preservation
  2. Bridge Joints
  3. Bridge Types and Nomenclature
  4. Wearing Surface / Deck Patching
  5. Bridge Rail
  6. Bearings and Beam Ends
  7. Scour

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