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INDOT: Bridge Inspection

Indiana Department of Transportation

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The INDOT Central Office Bridge Inspection & Inventory Section is the source for bridge inventory and inspection data for both state and county owned bridges in Indiana. The section oversees all aspects of the bridge inspection process to ensure the state and counties meet all federal regulations relating to the National Bridge Inspection Standards, (NBIS).

The state and counties must meet all the federal regulations including NBIS regulations, in order to remain eligible to receive federal bridge funds needed to conduct work on eligible bridges.

In addition, the section oversees all bridge inspectors’ qualifications & training, INDOT statewide inspection contracts, and INDOT’s underbridge inspection machines.


INDOT Bridge Inspection Conference 2017

PRESENTATION PDF
PRESENTER
FHWA NBIS 23 Metric Compliance Review Jose J. Ortiz
QA/QC Program Review Findings John Lukac
Bridge File for NBIS Bill Dittrich
BIAS Under Records Bill Dittrich
BrR and Load Rating Policy Jeremy Hunter
INDOT Test Bridge and Channel Profile Form in BIAS Randy Strain
BIAS Updates Kate Francis and Mona Davis
Bridge Inspection Issues Merril Dougherty
S-BRITE - Robert Connor Purdue Merril Dougherty

National Bridge Inspection Report (NBI)

The Central Office Bridge Inspection & Inventory Section is responsible for generating and submitting Indiana’s annual submission of bridge data to the Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA). The FHWA uses this data to maintain its National Bridge Inventory database, (NBI). Indiana’s NBI Data is submitted by April 1st each year and contains updated inspection and inventory information on all bridges. The information from this data submittal is used by the FHWA to determine sufficiency ratings, structural adequacy, and eligibility to use Federal Bridge Funds.

Indiana Bridge Inspection Application System (BIAS)

  • INDOT-BIAS EULA
    • Required for all BIAS users
  • Qualifying Form
    • The document submittal process to be considered by the State Program Manager for approval of a New Bridge Inspector (Team Leader or Member) or New Load Rating Engineer (“LRE” – Previously known as “ATL-R”) is as follows:
      • All pertinent documents must be secured
        • Applicant’s Completed Qualifying Form (Required for Inspectors and LRE)
        • Applicant’s Certifications as outlined in the INDOT Inspection Manual (Required for Inspectors and LRE)
        • Applicant’s Indiana Professional Engineering License. (Required for LRE and Team Leaders without 5 years’ experience)
        • Applicant’s load rating software proficiencies and list of bridges load rated in both pristine & dilapidated conditions. (Required for LRE)
      • If the applicant already has a BIAS account, the applicant or the Consultant Admin representing the applicant’s Firm will upload the pertinent documents to BIAS and email INBridgeshelp@indot.in.gov following email instructions outlined in Memo 16-11.
      • If the applicant does NOT have a BIAS account and does not have a Consultant Admin representing the applicant’s Firm, email pertinent documents directly to INBridgeshelp@indot.in.gov following email instructions outlined in Memo 16-11.  A BIAS Account will be created for them.
      The document submittal process to be considered by the State Program Manager for approval of a change in status of an existing Bridge Inspector (Team Leader or Member) or Existing Load Rating Engineer (“LRE” – Previously known as “ATL-R”) is the same as above with the exception that all applicants should already have a BIAS Account.

Bridge Inspection Memos

The Indiana Department of Transportation provides the following e-mail list (Listserve) to receive automatic notification of changes concerning bridge inspection & updates to the Indiana Bridge Inspection Application System (BIAS).  County Bridges-Bridge Inspection Announcements
 
Last Updated: 05/26/2017
Number
Memo Date
Effective Date
Subject
Attachments
05/25/17
Immediately
NBI Item 053 Minimum Vertical Clearance Over Bridge Roadway and NBI Item 054 Minimum Vertical Underclearance  
04/27/17
Immediately
Findings of the FHWA 23 Metrics Review  

Archived Bridge Inspection Memos

Inventory of Bridges Book

The Inventory of Bridges Book, Bridge Log Book or Posted Bridge Book is no longer published. The last paper version was printed in March 2005.

Today, the Inventory is available using the Bridge Inspection Application System (BIAS). This is the live database which is continuously updated. A paper work book is no longer available.                            

If you need assistance in developing Query’s in BIAS to assist you in locating specific Structures or details, please email the INBridges Help Desk at INBridgesHelp@indot.in.gov.                 

 

Contact Information

Merril Dougherty
Bridge Inspection Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 642
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-6776
mdougherty@indot.in.gov