Bridge Inspection - Module 5 - Tunnel & Culvert

This module is part of a 6 part webinar series.  Module 1 should be completed before taking Modules 2-6.  Module 5 will cover: Tunnel & Culvert Inspections.

Tunnel Inspection
Instructor: Donald McCammon

This section is important because most Bridge Inspectors spend time inspecting the tunnels that may be on their territory.  Presented are basic items with a key recommendation that if something is observed that is of concern, a tunnel expert be brought in.

A brief description of basic tunnel construction is provided for a basic understanding of why we have tunnels shaped and made of the materials we have today.  The different types of tunnels are presented along with key items to observe for each type.

Basic inspection checklists are used along with photos of typical tunnel components to aid the inspector in understanding the conditions and observations that should be made.

Learning Outcomes:
Understand the key items to be observed when performing inspection of tunnels
Understand the methods of tunnel construction and how they relate conditions observed.
Understand the methods of documenting inspection observations and importance of joint discipline inspections.

Culvert Inspection
Instructor: Mark Shafer

The Culvert Inspection Module takes a close look at practices and procedures when evaluating the condition of a culvert drainage structure.
Regardless of the material type, many common defects are found.  And specific to the culvert construction material, there are defects to be identified, categorized, and documented by the bridge inspector.  

This module addresses: 
The safety aspects of a Bridge Inspection with regards to the Bridge Inspector, the Public and the Railroad. 
The proper techniques for accessing, inspecting and documenting the condition of structures.

This module is intended for anyone who may be responsible for the condition evaluation and documentation of culverts subjected to the railroad environment.

Learning Outcomes:
Students completing this module should be familiar with the types of culverts, materials commonly utilized, defects found at these types of structures and how to document the location and significance or severity of the defect found on or around culvert structures supporting or near railroads.

This module is comprised of recommended practices and relevant accumulated knowledge from subject matter experts in the railroad industry. It is not intended as a regulatory qualification.
Instructor Biographies:

Donald McCammon, PE, Vice President and Sr. Project Manager, a nearly 24-year HDR Employee, has over 46 years of experience in transportation engineering, focusing on freight railroad bridge and track design, construction, and maintenance including 11 ½ years with a Class 1 Railroad. 

Mark Shafer, PE is a 1991 graduate of Iowa State University earning BSCE and MSCE degrees.  He has over 30 years of structural engineering and bridge inspection experience. He has worked for and led bridge design and inspection teams and has specialized in bridge condition assessment and rehabilitation design.


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PDH Credit: 2.0

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Webinar Time is Eastern Time and will be conducted on the Zoom platform.  On-demand access will be available after the scheduled “live date.”  PowerPoint presentation will be available for download before the webinar will begin.

10/27/2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PDH Hours: 2.0

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