The UK has a large stock of historic bridges with shallow foundations that are susceptible to scour. The prediction of scour and management of vulnerable bridges can help prevent catastrophic failures, whilst ensuring cost-effective use of resources. This one day course looks at the prediction of scour at bridges over water or floodplains due to hydraulic action and the management of high risk bridges, drawing on international good practice guidelines.
This course is aimed at:
- Professionals involved in the assessment of scour or the design of scour protection works at existing bridges, as well as the design of new bridges over water or floodplains.
- Owners and asset managers responsible for the management of bridges over water or floodplains.
By the end of this course you will have:
- An appreciation of the mechanisms of bridge scour and factors affecting scour
- An awareness of notable bridge failures and lessons learnt
- An awareness of guidance documents, their evolution and limitations
- Experience in qualitative and quantitative scour assessment using methods from a range of guidance documents, including wide abutments
- Experience in prioritising and choosing scour management strategies, including flood warning and emergency response, specialist assessment, monitoring and scour protection
- Awareness of hydrodynamic forces on bridges