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FHWA Bridge Inspectorís Manual Chs. 3 and 5 (Primer on Bridge Terminology and Mechanics)

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

The Federal Highway Administrationís Bridge Inspectorís Reference Manual (BIRM) is a comprehensive manual on programs, procedures, and techniques for inspecting and evaluating a variety of in-service highway bridges. BIRM serves as the basis of a comprehensive National Highway Institute training program in bridge-safety inspection. The present course is based on BIRMís Chapter 3, Basic Bridge Terminology, and Chapter 5, Bridge Mechanics, and discusses 1) major bridge components and elements; 2) characteristics of decks, superstructures, and substructures; 3) bridge response to loadings; 4) bridge design methods, ratings, and span classifications; 5) redundancy in bridge design; and 6) bridge foundations.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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