Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 55-12. Bridge Construction Inspection Training Resources and Practices

State departments of transportation (DOTs) rely on construction inspectors to verify that construction work on transportation infrastructure projects is in compliance with all contract documents (e.g. construction plans including plan notes, special provisions) and meets both process and quality expectations. Effective bridge construction inspection requires technical skills and knowledge specific to bridges. Much of the expertise and experience has been lost through attrition, reducing the ability of less experienced inspectors to be mentored on-site. Additionally, contracting methods, technology, and procedures for conducting, documenting, and communicating construction inspection have evolved. To develop inspector knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for effective bridge construction inspection, proper training is needed. The current practice for training inspectors in bridge construction across state DOTs varies greatly. This synthesis will investigate roles and responsibilities, training approaches, processes, programs, and resources in place at state DOTs that could be of value to other state DOTs in training and managing their bridge construction inspection. The objective of this synthesis is to collect resources and document practices used by state DOTs in training and/or setting qualifications of the bridge construction inspection workforce.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 55-12

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Larson, Sandra

  • Performing Organizations:

    ,   Germany 

    Tran and Associates, LLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Tran, Dan

  • Start Date: 20231109
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01886946
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 55-12
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2023 10:10AM