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FHWA Bridge Load Rating Webinar Series

Topic No. 19: Load Rating of Gusset Plates Web Conference Seminar

October 11, 2016

FHWA Bridge and Structure Load Rating Working Group and Office of Bridges and Structures

You are cordially invited to this bridge load rating webinar. Please share the information with your State's and local partners.


Section 650.313 of the National Bridge Inspection Standards stipulates each bridge be load rated in accordance with the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation (MBE). In accordance with the FHWA's policies, new bridges and totally replaced bridges engineered after October 1, 2010 should be load rated with the Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) method. To further support State's efforts in meeting the NBIS's requirements in load rating and FHWA's initiative of implementing the LRFR method, a series of webinars have been planned to provide continued awareness for local, regional, and State transportation agencies. These webinars will be hosted online and offered at no cost via the FHWA webinar training platform.

Who Should Attend

The target audiences for this Webinar Series are bridge and structure staff from local, regional, and State transportation agencies, FHWA Division Bridge Engineers and private consultants who want to acquire the fundamentals to rate highway bridges. Participants will be able to download the presentations at the webinars. Each webinar will focus on a specific topic that has been identified as most needed.


OCTOBER 11, 2016

Contents This webinar is the nineteenth in this Webinar Series and will focus on load rating of gusset plates. The objective of this webinar is to provide awareness to bridge engineers/load raters about the MBE provisions, example and the tools for load rating of gusset plates. The tool developed through the transportation pooled fund study on gusset plate rating will be highlighted in this webinar.

This webinar will include two presentations and a questions/answers session:

  • Rodolfo Maruri (FHWA): Welcome/Introduction
  • Justin Ocel (FHWA, Turner Fairbank): Load Rating of Gusset Plates: MBE Provisions and Example
  • Chris Higgins (Oregon State University): Imaging Tools for Evaluation of Gusset Plate Connections in Steel Truss Bridges
  • Questions and Answers



Click on the link above to register for the webinar. You can also copy the link to your browser to access the registration page. Participants will receive further instruction via e-mail upon enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact Lubin Gao, Ph.D., P.E. at (202) 366-4604 or Lubin.Gao@dot.gov.

To request access to the recordings of previous webinars, please contact Lubin Gao at Lubin.Gao@dot.gov. You can also find the links to the recordings on FHWA's Bridge website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/loadrating/. We use various sources of contacts to distribute this announcement.

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Recorded Webinars

Registration is required. You can register for an account at https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/lrfrreg/event/registration.html.

Updated: 09/22/2016
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