July 17, 2024


7:45am to 4:00pm EST

Contact Hours


Location Online - Course

This hybrid online class will combine both live instruction and independent online work that you will complete during the day.  Independent work will include quizzes, readings, videos and short assignments.  Access to a computer with a webcam (either a camera that is built into your laptop or one that connects via USB), a reliable internet connection and a workspace that is free from distraction and noise will set you up for success.


Accelerated bridge construction incorporates several fundamental attributes that reduce road user impacts, costs and construction time.  Incorporation of ABC practices into your project will help minimize traffic delays and community disruption while increasing safety in the construction zone.  The instructor uses Accelerated Bridge Construction to introduce several strategies that state and local agencies utilize to replace small bridges.

Join instructor, Walt Catlett for this lively online class and discussion forum that will change the way you think about small bridge replacement options.  You will learn more about accelerated bridge construction fundamentals, bridge terminology, precast concrete box culverts, three-sided rigid frames, precast modular bridges and geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge systems.  By the end of the training, you will learn the basic steps for manufacturing, delivery and installation of these ABC options while challenging your perceptions on current practices.


Module 1: Accelerated Bridge Construction / Bridge Anatomy

  1. ABC Concepts
  2. Prefabricated Bride Elements & Systems
  3. Bridge Nomenclature
  4. Bridge Inspection

Module 2: Accelerated Precast Construction / Precast Fundamentals

  1. Accelerated Precast Construction Keys to Success
  2. APC Case Study
  3. Precast Structure Fundamentals
  4. Precast vs. Cast-in-Place

Module 3: Precast Reinforced Box Culverts / 3-Sided Rigid Frames

  1. Design and Installation of Precast Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts (RCBC)
  2. Special Applications of Precast RCBC
  3. Installation of Precast 3-Sided Rigid Frames
  4. Case Studies of 3-Sided Rigid Frames and Precast RCBC

 Module 4: Precast Module Bridge Systems / GRS-IBS

  1. Precast Modular Bridge Elements (MBE)
  2. Installation of Precast MBE
  3. Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge Systems (GRS-IBS)
  4. Case Study of GRS-IBS


Walter C. Catlett

Walt Catlett possesses over 25 years of experience in urban drainage and stormwater management, combined with over 30 years of safety experience from the concrete pipe industry, military, and consulting engineering.  He is an effective trainer and educator responsible for the training of military personnel and public works professionals.  He serves on Virginia’s Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Research Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Mr. Catlett served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army Reserves for a combined 30 years.

Who Should Attend

This class was developed for inspectors, installers and design engineers alike. Previous experience with small bridge replacement design, installation or inspection is not required. Inspectors, installers, engineers, planners, equipment operators, and laborers will learn accelerated bridge construction concepts, basic bridge concepts, and techniques critical to the successful installation and inspection of precast bridges elements/systems.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.