NDE Showcase for Bridge Inspectors

A new Federal Highway Administration seminar in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) tests is being offered to help State departments of transportation improve routine and special safety testing of steel and concrete bridge components. The Bridge Inspectors NDE Showcase (BINS) program is an informal, one-day, demonstration-based seminar designed to expose State departments of transportation bridge inspection staff to basic NDE tools. The BINS seminar instructors travel to the host State to make the presentations. Up to 100 people can participate in each workshop. The purpose of the showcase is to familiarize bridge inspectors with various NDE methodologies; provide them with the knowledge of how, when, and where to apply NDE tests during a bridge inspection; and acquaint them with the capabilities and limitations of each methodology. This article describes the seminar and some of the information it covers, including types of bridge inspections, NDE tests for steel bridges and NDE tests for concrete bridge members. The BINS seminar offers a number of benefits, including exposing inspection staff to the latest commercially available NDE tools, enabling them to see the NDE tools in operation, and providing a forum for discussion about which NDE systems may be best suited for use in a given situation and in specific States.


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  • Accession Number: 01142413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2009 12:45AM