Two New Safety-Related Courses Available at No Cost

In an effort to help make jobs and worksites safer, we have launched two new safety-related courses to ensure your inspectors are well informed and prepared to spot safety concerns. “Construction Inspection of Structures Series: Superstructures” and “Best Practices for High Friction Surfaces,”; both of which are recommended for professional development hours (PDHs), are available at no cost through June 2017!

Construction Inspection of Structures Series: Superstructures

The “Superstructures” course, recommended for 6 PDHs, is the third course in the “Construction Inspection of Structures Series.” This course provides an introduction to superstructures and key inspection elements, specifically the section of the structure above the substructure. Content for this course includes those parts of the bridge supported by the substructure -everything from the girders/beams up, including the bearing devices.

Topics include general construction considerations, bearing installation, beam erection, post tensioning, bridge deck construction, barrier walls and railings, and bridge drainage.

There are two downloadable job aids provided with this course: “Concrete Bridge Deck Inspection Checklist” and “Inspecting for Defects Before Erection.”

This course is designed for individuals with an interest in bridge construction in the following roles: minimal experience and/or entry level construction engineers, inspectors, and technicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key activities and safety practices involved in the construction of superstructures;
  • Describe the types of bearings that are installed on the superstructure, including how they are installed and inspected;
  • Explain how beams are erected and inspected for the superstructure;
  • Explain pre-stressing and post-tensioning of tendons and how they are inspected;
  • Describe how the bridge deck is constructed and inspected;
  • Explain the purpose of barrier walls and railings on the superstructure and how they are inspected; and
  • Describe the important bridge drainage practices related to the construction of the superstructure, as well as how bridge drainage systems should be inspected.

Best Practices for High Friction Surfaces

This training focuses on the best practices involved in the application of high friction surface treatments (HFSTs) on pavements that can dramatically reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities associated with friction demand issues, such as during wet conditions.

The course, recommended for 3 PDHs, cites recent state DOT case studies while also covering safety factors and other benefits, material specifications and durability, mixing processes, installation and application practices, post-installation and maintenance activities, project communication considerations, environmental factors, as well as best practices and lessons learned.

This course is designed for technicians, inspectors, and supervisors with an interest in high friction surface treatments.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define HFSTs;
  • Describe typical HFST applications and benefits;
  • Explain the material specifications of HFSTs, including the type of binders and aggregates that are used, how they are mixed, and their durability;
  • Describe how HFSTs are applied, including the surface preparation activities;
  • List some quality control best practices involved in HFST applications;
  • Explain how HFSTs should be inspected;
  • List some maintenance issues related to HFSTs; and
  • Explain some of the project considerations and lessons learned related to HFST applications.

Did You Know?

All TC3 trainings are broken up into modules ranging from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. The courses are designed so you can go at your own pace and absorb the information.

Additionally, you don’t have to finish a training in one sitting. You can exit a course and return to complete it as many times as you wish. The learning management system will keep track of your training progress and will open where you left off each time you log back in.

Subscribe for Discounted Prepaid Training

You can reduce the cost of training for your private contracting or consulting firm, government transportation agency, or academic institution by choosing a prepaid per-seat or bulk-hour TC3 training subscription.

AASHTO member states that financially contribute to TC3 as a technical service program already have unlimited TC3 training available for all employees and do not require a subscription.