BRIDGE Assessment and Rehabilitation
2-4 November 1998

Why the Course

 In the recent past, reinforced and especially prestressed concrete bridges have shown signs of distress after relatively young age of 15 to 20 years. Greater frequency and higher intensity of moving loads, environmental factors, chemical attacks and ageing are generally the cause of such faster deterioration, though faulty designs and construction procedures and poor maintenance have often been the contributory factors. There have been some shocking bridge failures having necessitated re-examination of design codal provisions.

 Simultaneously, there has been a considerable research effort in distress diagnostics, and in developing repair and strengthening measures all over the world. Sophisticated non-destructive testing techniques and highly accurate methods of distress analysis have been developed to understand and aid in distress diagnostics.

The present 3-day specialist course aims to provide the participants with modern procedures to scientifically investigate distress in bridge structures through partially destructive and non-destructive techniques with emphasis on interpretation of data from field investigations. Other important topics include repair and retrofit techniques and estimation of residual life of bridge structures. It is hoped that through the intensive course, the participants will be able to inspect, repair and strengthen bridges on sound scientific principles resulting in much longer life of these structures.

What is the Course About?
The course will outline different types of bridges and the actions that cause the occurrence of distress. A refresher subjects of different types of analyses for different types of bridges will be presented. The new and established techniques for assessment, including the distress analysis will be discussed in detail. Assessment planning and implementation and interpretation of site and laboratory tests will also be covered. Alternative techniques for strengthening, including the analysis for repaired structures will also be introduced.

 Who Should Attend?
 Bridge authorities and owners, researchers and engineers involved in the inspection/ assessment of bridges need to be kept aware of the latest developments in the field of structural assessment and rehabilitation to ensure that cost-effective bridge management decisions are made. Engineers involved in designs of new bridge must also know the causes for bridge distress and deterioration to ensure that sufficient attention is given to details and specifications to reduce the occurrence of bridge failures.

Resource Person

 Course Program

Nov. 2, 1998

 8.00 8.30         Registration
8.30 9.00         Inauguration
9.00 10.00         Malaysian Bridges Status and Condition
10.00 10.30     Coffee Break
10.30 11.30     Nature of distress, causes and significance.
11.30 12.30     Assessment Techniques - Non-destructive
12.30 14.00     Lunch Break
14.00 15.30     Assessment Techniques - Destructive
15.30 16.00     Coffee Break
16.00 17.30     Assessment of Corrosion.

Nov. 3, 1998

 8.30 10.00     Structural Behaviour and Potential Visible Distress.
10.00 10.30     Coffee Break
10.30 11.30     Analysis for Distress - I.
11.30 12.30     Analysis for Distress - II.
12.30 14.00     Lunch Break
14.00 15.30     Residual Strength.
15.30 16.00     Coffee Break
16.00 17.30     Repair Techniques.

Nov. 4, 1998

 8.30 10.00     Strengthening Techniques - I.
10.00 10.30     Coffee Break
10.30 11.30     Strengthening Techniques - II.
11.30 12.30     Post-rehabilitation Assessment
12.30 14.00     Lunch Break
14.00 15.30     Inspection and Maintenance.
15.30 16.00     Coffee Break
16.00 17.30     Case Histories - Practical Experience.

Contact Person
 Mohd. Saleh Jaafar
Department of Civil Engineering
Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Tel. 03- 9486101 ext. 2090/2017, e-mail:

Registration (Print and fax this part)


2nd. - 4th. November, 1998

Venue: Bilek Seminar Baru, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Fees: Early registration (before 30th September 1998) = RM550.00
Late registration (after 30th. September 1998) = RM650.00

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Registration can be sent through post or fax. Please register early as participation is on first come first serve basis. The fees include course notes, morning and afternoon tea and lunch for the three day course. Fees must be paid in advance. Please make cheques payable to Bendahari Univeristi Putra Malaysia and send to the course Co-ordinator, on the following address:

Short Course on Bridge Assessment and Rehabilitation,
Department of Civil Engineering,
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM-Serdang.
Please send any query to or fax: (03) 9488939 of telephone 9486101ext2090/2017

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