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Section 3: Bridge Inspections by Consultants

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General Requirements

All firms contracted by TxDOT to perform routine bridge inspections must be pre-certified in accordance with the requirements of the applicable portions of the Code of Federal Regulations given in Appendix A. In general, inspections performed under contract to TxDOT for inspection of both on- and off-system bridges will conform to the FHWA Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual 1, Services to Be Provided provisions in the TxDOT Bridge Inspection Contract, and this manual.

The qualifications listed below are the pre-certification requirements for Project Managers (PMs) and Team Leaders (TLs) engaged in the various types of bridge inspection contracts. Non-PM and non-TL requirements are also listed.

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Routine Bridge Inspections

For routine bridge inspections, the firm must employ an individual to serve as Project Manager who meets the following qualifications:

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  • Is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas; and
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  • Has a minimum of seven years of experience in performing NBIS bridge inspections or seven years experience managing NBIS bridge inspection contracts; and
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  • Has successfully completed the National Highway Institute (NHI) training course 130055 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges.” or training course 130056 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers.”

The bridge inspection Team Leaders employed by the firm must:

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  • be a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, have successfully completed the National Highway Institute (NHI) training course 130055 "Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges" or training course 130056 "Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers", and have a minimum of one year NBIS bridge inspection experience; or
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  • have a minimum of five years experience in NBIS bridge inspection and have successfully completed the NHI training course 130055 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges”; or
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  • have all of the following:
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    2. a bachelor's degree in engineering from a college or university accredited by or determined as substantially equivalent by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; and
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    4. successfully passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Fundamentals of Engineering examination; and
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    6. two years of NBIS experience; and
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    8. successfully completed the NHI training course 130055 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges”; or
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  • have all of the following:
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    1. an associate's degree in engineering or engineering technology from a college or university accredited by or determined as substantially equivalent by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology;
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    3. four years of NBIS bridge inspection experience; and
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    5. successfully completed the NHI training course 130055 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges”.
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Complex Bridge Inspections

For complex bridge inspections, such as those requiring fracture-critical inspections, the firm must employ an individual to serve as Project Manager who meets the following qualifications:

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  • have all of the following:
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    1. Is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas; and
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    3. Has a minimum of seven years of experience in performing NBIS inspections, or a minimum of seven years of experience in the management of NBIS bridge inspection contracts, or a minimum of seven years of bridge design which includes a minimum of one year of experience in NBIS inspection of bridges considered complex; and
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    5. Has successfully completed the NHI training course 130055 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges” or training course 130056 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers”, and
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    7. Has Successfully completed the NHI training course 130078 “Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges”.

The bridge inspection Team Leaders employed by the firm must also be qualified and have:

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  • The same qualifications as required for the Project Manager, or
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  • The same qualifications as Team Leader for routine inspection and have all of the following:
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    1. Six years of NBIS bridge inspection or design experience, including one year of NBIS inspection or design of bridges considered as complex; and
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    3. Successfully completed the NHI training course 130055 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges” or, if an engineer, training course 130056 “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges for Professional Engineers”; and
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    5. Has successfully completed the NHI training course 130078 “Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges”.
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Underwater Bridge Inspections

For underwater bridge inspections, the firm must employ an individual to serve as Team Leader who meets the following qualifications:

NOTE: Underwater inspection team members not serving as the Team Leader must have successful completion of NHI training course 130055 or an engineer course 130056, or course 130091.

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Non-Destructive Testing

For non-destructive testing on structural steel members of in-service structures, the firm must employ an individual who meets the following qualifications:

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  • A minimum of five years of experience in performing various types of non-destructive testing on structural steel members of in-service structures, and
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  • Certification by the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) as a Level 2 NDT Inspector.

1. Bridge Inspector’s Training Manual 90, FHWA, 1991.

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