Train the Trainer – Culvert Inspection and Risk Assessment


Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Earlier this month, Wildara assisted Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) deliver Culvert Inspection and Risk Assessment training for external consultants – held in Russell Vale, NSW.  Since 2008, RMS has collected asset data on more than 80,000 culverts (stormwater) around the state.

The process initially comprised of the following two stages:

  • culvert inventory collection
  • culvert risk assessment on specific ‘higher risk’ culverts to rate each on an Assessed Risk Level (ARL) of 1 – 5 (ARL 1 being high risk and ARL 5 low risk).

To achieve better efficiencies, the two processes have now been merged into one, enabling engineers to inspect and then risk assess the culverts without the need for separate inventory collection.

Ongoing training of external consultants conducting this work is required due to the very high volume of culverts requiring assessment.

Wildara’s Project Manager, Kieren Fitz-Gibbon has been part of this ‘train the trainer’ process from inception. Kieren has previously educated more than 530 inspectors around NSW on the training process requirements, enabling this new generation of trainers to deliver continuing training of the inspection and risk assessment process.

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