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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-16-007    Date:  January 2016
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-16-007
Date: January 2016


Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program Protocols, Version 1

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Personnel Qualifications
LTBP Protocol #: PRE-PL-LO-005


Data Collected

1.1 None. This protocol provides a list of qualifications for personnel for field work and postvisit data usage.  


Onsite Equipment and Personnel Requirements

2.1 Equipment: None.  
2.2 Personnel: None.  



3.1 Table 1 lists the general qualifications for all personnel working onsite at any bridge as part of the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program. Additional, more stringent requirements are provided for personnel acting as assessment technique team leaders and for other staff members.  
Table 1. Personnel Qualifications.
Position Requirements
All Onsite Staff Including Team leaders LTBP protocol training for relevant data collection tasks (specific to type of data collection to be performed)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour Road Construction Safety Certification
Fall Protection Training (for access trucks, etc.)
Visual Inspection Team Leader National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS)
Team leaders must be one of the following (adopted from Metrics for the Oversight of the National Bridge Inspection Program)

  • Professional engineer.
  • Five years of bridge inspection experience.
  • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Level III or IV Bridge Safety Inspector Certification.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited college or university; a passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam; and 2 years of bridge inspection experience.
  • Associate’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and 4 years of bridge inspection experience.

In addition, team leaders must have the following training:
  • Successful completion of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-approved comprehensive bridge inspection training.
  • Completion of periodic bridge inspection refresher training according to NBIS.
NDE Team Leader RABIT™ bridge deck inspection tool training (operators)
Material Sampling American Concrete Institute, Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician—Level 1
American Concrete Institute, Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade 1
3.2 Submit a list of staff qualifications to FHWA prior to commencing field work.  


Data Collection Table

4.1 None.  


Criteria for Data Validation

5.1 None.  



6.1 NICET is a division of the National Society for Professional Engineers with a mission promoting excellence in engineering technologies through certification and related services. Within this mission, NICET provides four levels of Bridge Safety Inspection Certification.  
6.2 ABET is the entity that ensures quality of engineering and related science and technology education programs. If an institution is accredited by ABET, one can be confident that certain quality standards in education are met.  



7.1 LTBP Protocols: All.  
7.2 External:  
7.2.1 FHWA, National Bridge Inspection Standards, 2009 Final Rule, Federal Register, Volume 74, Number 246, Pages 68377–68379, Washington, DC, 2009.  
7.2.2 FHWA-HIBS-30-NBIPOT, Metrics for the Oversight of the National Bridge Inspection Program, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC, 2013.  




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