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Understanding and Diagnosing Bridge Defects

Next Course Date 

1 October 2024


1 day

Member Price 

$850 + GST


Head Office - Brisbane

CPD Hours 


Non Member Price

$1,050 + GST

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A key task of the bridge manager is to ensure the ongoing integrity of assets by undertaking appropriate inspections at regular intervals. These inspections are used to identify emerging or progressed defects that may affect the safety risk or asset integrity risk of structures on the network. While defects often present in obvious ways, this is not always the case, and the causes are not always as obvious.

Understanding what causes defects and how to diagnose them is a crucial skill set of the asset manager to ensure the safe, appropriate and optimised management of structures. This skill set is equally important for personnel undertaking investigations to ensure effective and appropriate investigations from service providers. 

This one-day program is designed to provide the attendee with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the causes of bridge defects, and how to investigate and diagnosis them. Attendees will develop confidence and reasoning skills to undertake effective investigations, leading to better decision making around the management of bridge infrastructure.


  • Defect types and visual identification, with a focus on:

  • concrete

  • timber

  • steel

  • Causes of typical defects

  • Investigation approaches

  • Effect of defects on structural capacity and asset residual life

  • Applying critical thinking to decision making

Who should attend?

This program is targeted at those involved in, or responsible for, the decision-making around bridge and structures management, including, but not limited to:

  • engineers and other technical professionals

  • asset managers

  • consultants

  • maintenance managers

  • inspectors


Attendees will:

  • learn the most common causes of defects in concrete, timber and steel bridges

  • develop investigative skills, enabling them to diagnose defects effectively

  • develop a critical thinking approach to defect investigation


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