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Railroad Bridge Inspection

When - Where

May 22-24, 2023

(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
ORNL Hardin Valley Campus 2nd floor meeting room
(formerly NTRC)
2360 Cherahala Blvd.
Knoxville, TN  37932
Tel: 865-946-1500 for directions

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Register by mail. Click here to download the brochure.


This 2-and-a-half-day class covers the construction and behavior of Timber, Steel and Concrete Bridges. Topics of instruction will include component function and behavior, common problems and failure modes, techniques and practices for bridge inspection. All aspects of bridge superstructure and substructure are covered. Plus, the participant will learn to identify routine maintenance requirements and how to perform common repairs. No engineering experience is necessary.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Classify the different parts of a bridge using the appropriate terminology
  • Discuss the different types of bridges and the features of each type
  • Explain the effects of waterways on bridges, including scour
  • Describe the behavior of different materials used in bridges, including timber, steel, and concrete
  • List the different failure modes of bridge members, and the consequences of failure
  • Establish an inspection procedure for a bridge
  • List basic maintenance and repair procedures.


Persons having bridge inspection and maintenance responsibilities at shortline, regional, and Class I railroads; railroad contractors and consultants; and state and local government officials associated with railroad operation, finance, and regulation will find this workshop beneficial.

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