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Introduction to Scour Assessment of Bridges
Introduction to Scour Assessment of Bridges



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Until 27th March 2024





Scour protection of bridges is essential to ensure their stability, prolong their lifespan, protect transportation infrastructure, comply with regulations, and adapt to changing environmental conditions. It plays a crucial role in safeguarding bridges and ensuring the safety and resilience of transportation networks.

The webinar is designed to introduce attendees to the area of bridge scour. Over the course of the session attendees will come to understand the causes of scour, how to assess it, and survey input required.

This will be achieved by providing both an overview of the theoretical aspects of scour in bridge foundations as well as the technical procedures followed for carrying out scour assessments (the course will briefly cover the procedure followed by BD97/12 for scour assessment).

The topics that will be covered in this webinar are:

1. Definitions and types of bridge scour processes
2. Factors affecting scour development in bridge foundations
3. Scour assessment frameworks and examples of bridge scour calculations
4. Scour risk management


Dr Boulent Imam is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey and Programme Director for the MSc Programmes in Bridge Engineering and Infrastructure Engineering and Management.

His main area of expertise is the whole-life performance assessment of bridges. He has extensively researched in the area of fatigue of bridges with collaborations with national and European infrastructure owners and managers, such as Network Rail, Highways England, TWI. His research has contributed towards in-depth understanding of the fatigue behaviour of riveted railway bridges and developed methods for more reliable quantification of their remaining fatigue life including detailed historical rail traffic models, novel numerical fatigue assessment methods, probabilistic modelling and reliability assessment. Dr Imam’s work on fatigue also encompasses the development of fracture mechanics guidelines for the assessment of fatigue crack growth in steel bridge details towards the optimisation of inspection and maintenance planning in steel bridges.

Recently, Dr Imam’s research has expanded towards assessing the potential impacts of climate change on bridge deterioration and quantifying the resilience of bridge infrastructure against extreme events, including bridge scour and flooding. He has served as a member of prestigious international committees (IABSE, IABMAS) and within the editorial board of high-profile journals. He has delivered Keynote lectures and has participated in scientific committees of major international conferences.


Boulent Imam




Attendance certificates are available on request after the completion of the webinar.


The format of this event will be a webinar using "Zoom Webinars".

There will be opportunity to interact with the lecturer throughout the session, both though allocated Q&A sessions, or leaving text based questions throughout the presentation which the lecturer will be able to answer at convenient opportunities.


The cost of registering for this webinar will be £140+VAT​.

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The course was very well delivered by a knowledgeable presenter.

The presenter understood the subject very well and was able to show the different aspects of undertaking the assessment from the more basic Level 1 through the more detailed Level 2.

Presenter knew the content and discussed the topic well covering many of the things that apply to my team and our bridges.
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