PD-01 Fundamentals of Inspection Practice

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CEUs: 1.60


Inspectors are key members of the construction project team. Inspectors ensure that public agencies produce quality projects and help reduce potential liability caused by poor engineering performance. The administrative and technical responsibilities of the inspector continue throughout project delivery and are critical for effectively maintaining a project's compliance with contract requirements. This course provides an introduction to all of the basic skills needed by the field inspector for most traditional highway construction projects.

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Topics Include

  • scope of an inspector's authority and responsibilities
  • documentation, reports, and legal requirements
  • how the inspector helps ensure safety on the job site
  • how to minimize disputes and claims between parties and get your point across to the contractor
  • inspection methods and tips for earthworks, pilings, asphalt pavement construction, pipelines, portland cement, protective coatings
  • duties of the inspector at project closeout

What You Will Learn

Students gain good working knowledge of the sources, scope, and limits of the inspector's authority and responsibilities, including the importance of inspectors for reducing liability risks for the public agency. Students learn how to inspect wood construction, structural steel, earthworks, pavement, pipelines, Portland Cement concrete, and protective coatings; what to do when a problem is found; and how to be an effective member of the construction project team.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for public agency resident engineers and construction inspectors responsible for the physical observation and inspection of construction work on the job site. This course focuses on fundamental concepts and is recommended for new construction inspectors, or those needing a refresher course of basic inspection concepts, or those seeking to get into the construction inspection line of work.

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