Bridges and other structures are crucial asset elements of the infrastructure network. It is essential that their condition is monitored and repairs are planned and completed in an efficient and timely manner. The systemic inspection, condition rating and monitoring of these assets are vital components to managing the lifestyle of these structures.
This 3-day workshop will assist participants to develop the knowledge and skills to conduct Level 1 and 2 inspections in accordance with industry best practice. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of bridges and culverts.
- A Level 1 routine maintenance inspection is required to check the general serviceability of the structure, particularly for the safety of road users, and identify any emerging problems.
- A Level 2 condition rating inspection is a key step in assessing the effectiveness of past maintenance treatments and identifying current maintenance needs to assist in the forecasting future changes in condition and estimating future budget requirements of structures across the network.
The Level One content is covered on Day 1 and the morning of Day 2. Level 2 then continues from the afternoon of Day 2 until the end of Day 3. Participants who wish to complete Level 2 are required to attend all three days.
Please note: To take part in the VicRoads prequalification, you must be a paid delegate at a Level 1 and Level 2 Bridge Inspection workshop being held in Melbourne.
- Introduction to structures inspections
- Structure types and their components
- Identifying common defects
- Access and equipment requirements
- Inspection Forms and Data Recording
- The Inspection Process
- Safe work practices
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY LEADER – ASSET MANAGEMENT
Nigel is ARRB Chief Technology Leader – Asset Management and he has almost two decades of experience in the Victorian Public Sector including VicRoads and Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV). During this time Nigel has worked across numerous aspects of road infrastructure including the planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of bridges, structures, pavements and related road assets.
Nigel has extensive experience across all aspects of bridges and road structures. He has experience in bridge design, inspection, maintenance and construction and has held senior roles in government responsible for the management of the West Gate Bridge and all road structure assets across Victoria. He led the development of the current Australian Bridge Design Code for 5 years and is recognised internationally for his research and practice in bridge asset management.
PRINCIPAL TECHNOLOGY LEADER - ASSET PERFORMANCE
Tatiana Sanchez commenced employment with ARRB in 2021, as Structures Management Portfolio Leader within the Asset Performance Strategic Group.
Tatiana is a Civil Engineer with 17 years of experience and diverse capabilities in Rail infrastructure projects, asset management, design review and project management for maintenance/renewals projects, procedure implementation, and long-term strategy for future asset life cycles in public and private sectors.
Tatiana has practical experience (over 14 years) in the maintenance and renewals of infrastructure assets. This includes construction of retaining walls, installation of soil nails, construction of drainage systems in tunnels, cess drains for railways, maintenance of weepholes in tunnels, abutments and retaining walls, inspections, maintenance and monitoring of structures (including bridges, retaining walls and culverts). Bridge replacement and renewals, construction of protection beams for bridges, bridge painting and inspections of new infrastructure for handover to the network operator.
Adaptability, willingness to work hard with honesty and integrity have always been Tatiana’s principles, driven by constant motivation to grow and learn.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The workshop is primarily aimed at, but not limited to:
- Road and bridge maintenance field staff
- Existing Level 1 and 2 Inspectors
- Leading hands
- Works Supervisors
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER ACCREDITATION
This workshop provides the underpinning knowledge to align with nationally recognised units of competency from the Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision as well as other civil construction qualifications. A formal assessment pathway is available for participants looking to achieve a competency outcome from this training. Attending this workshop along with formal assessments undertaken both during and after the workshop, will be used to provide the underpinning knowledge you will need to complete the assessment tasks for this skill set. The skills set comprises the following units of competency:
RIICSG405E: Carry out inspections of civil structures
RIIIMG301E: Maintain site records
RIIRIS301E: Apply risk management processes
Many road authorities require bridge inspectors to undergo additional internal training before being allowed to lead level 2 inspections for their agency. The internal training usually includes organisational policy, systems and procedures and industry best practice. For instance, in Victoria, VicRoads now recognises the ARRB Bridge Inspection Level 2 course as a prerequisite to inspect VicRoads structures.
ARRB is working towards gaining recognition by other road authorities Australia wide.
How long do I have to complete accreditation?
Start the day after your workshop
Duration and guidelines:
- Our best advice would be to complete the accreditation assignment within 6 months of the training whilst the learning is fresh. We will allow up to 12 months, after which you will no longer be able to seek accreditation.
- You will need to set aside approximately 30 hours to complete the assignment.
- Whilst we guide and nurture our students towards a satisfactory assessment outcome, we can only support 3 resubmissions of the assignments before an extra charge will be incurred to cover our costs.