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Engineering Assessment Team Rolls Out New Bridge and Tunnel Security Workshops

emergency equipment and personnel at a bridge site In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) delivered a workshop on Bridge and Tunnel Security a dozen times to various States throughout the country. The workshop was broad, covering several topics, but only reached engineers and technicians. It was noted that there was a need for two separate courses, one for engineers and managers and another for technicians and first responders. The FHWA Resource Center's Structures Technical Service Team took the lead in developing these new workshops in 2006 with help from the FHWA Office of Bridge Technology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Risk Management for Terrorist Threats to Bridge and Tunnels Workshop is 1½ days long and is designed to give engineers and managers the understanding to develop a cost-effective risk management plan for a structure using a component level analysis. More specifically, they will learn to identify strengths and weaknesses of bridge and tunnel components, the damage to be expected for terrorist threats, and how to analyze the risk of each component to a specific threat. Threats covered include vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, hand-emplaced improvised explosive devices, non-explosive cutting devices, fire, and vehicle impact.

"Best course I have been to..."

"This class has added value to my job."

Quotes from course evaluations

The First Responder Awareness to Terrorist Threats for Bridges and Tunnels Workshop is 1/2 day long and is designed to give first responders, such as law enforcement personnel, inspectors, and other emergency responders, an overall awareness of terrorist threats and structural vulnerabilities. More specifically, they will learn to identify strengths and weaknesses of bridge and tunnel components as well as the damage to be expected for terrorist threats. Threats covered include vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, hand-emplaced improvised explosive devices, non-explosive cutting devices, fire, and vehicle impact.

From February 28 through March 3, the two new workshops were rolled out to Washington State in Olympia and Seattle, training 63 people with 3 workshops in 4 days. Participants in the workshops were from the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT), City of Seattle DOT, and FHWA's Washington Division Office. The workshops were well received, and the Engineering Assessment Team is planning the delivery of 12 more workshops in 6 States.

For more information, contact:

Shay Burrows
Bridge Engineer

Structures Technical Service Team
FHWA Resource Center
(410) 962-6791
shay.burrows@fhwa.dot.gov

Steve Ernst
Safety and Security

Office of Bridge Technology
FHWA Headquarters
(202) 366-4619
steve.ernst@fhwa.dot.gov

Derrell Manceaux
Structural Design Engineer

Structures Technical Service Team
FHWA Resource Center
(720) 963-3205
derrell.manceaux@fhwa.dot.gov


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