8th Australian Small Bridges Conference
The new Handbook of Conventional Maintenance Practices for Railway Bridges Session
Committee 10 - Structures Maintenance and Construction, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) members have in June of 2015 created a new Handbook of Conventional Maintenance Practices for Railway Bridges. The new handbook covers three sections including timber, concrete and steel. 

The timber section discusses substructure restoration including pile posting techniques, pile bent partial and full framing. In addition pumping pile solutions are presented along with cap replacement strategies. Superstructure maintenance methods are also discussed including chord ply replacement, stringer replacement and methods of upgrading practices for these maintenance procedures such as slope cutting notches. 

In the concrete bridge maintenance section such topics as crack abatement and repair, tension face spalling and delamination repair are discussed. Further, replacement of degraded reinforcing steel and restoring continuity is discussed. Reactive aggregate repair methods are discussed and proper adhesion methods for patch repair covered.

In the steel section such important topics as bottom flange angle splice change, crack arrest and rivet replacement are discussed.

Presented by:
Jay Craft, Manager Railroad Bridge Group, Jacobs, USA and Dan Tingley, Senior Engineer, Wood Research and Development - USA/ CANADA ,Sub-Chairmen of the Handbook of Conventional Maintenance Practices Development Committee, Committee 10 - Structures Maintenance and Construction, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) will in a special 90 minute Session detail the important aspects of the new handbook. Solutions, ideas and recommendations for ways to deal with typical railway bridge maintenance issues will be presented. 

This session will provide an important opportunity for engineers based in Australasia and Asia to improve their knowledge of maintenance of railway bridges

 Jay Craft was born and raised in a small coal mining town in Southern Illinois the son of a coal miner. Jay  Graduated from High school in 1967 and Joined the Airforce on a delayed enlistment program. He was  inducted into the US Airforce 3 weeks after graduation and served in Vietnam for 22 months in 1968 and  1969. Upon his return from Vietnam, Jay married his high school sweetheart, Beverly and has been married  to her for almost 48 years. They now live in a ski resort town in the Southern California Mountains and have  two children, Amber and Arron and 7 grandchildren. Jay is a licensed private pilot and enjoys snow skiing in the winter and exploring the mountains in the summer.

Jay has a BS in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University. Jay’s railroad career begin in 1977 with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad as Assistant General Bridge and Bridge Foreman. Jay initiated the first computerized inspection and maintenance tracking for the AT&SF Railway in 1988. Jay has been inspection and performing maintenance on railroad bridges for 40 years and continues to personally inspect railroad bridges. 

Jay is a founding member of the AREMA Committee 9, Seismic Design for Railway Structures, and a member of AREMA Committee 10 Structures Maintenance and Construction. Jay is an instructor for the AREMA Bridge Inspection Seminar. Jay is currently the Manager of the Railroad Bridge Group for Jacobs.

 Dr. Dan Tingley graduated from University of New Brunswick with a B. Sc. F.E. and later a  M.Sc.C.E.    Following this in  the 90’s Tingley finished his Ph.D. in wood technology and  structural engineering at  Oregon State University. 

 He has worked in the wood products field for 40 years. He currently serves as senior  engineer for Wood  Research and Development and Advanced Research and Development and makes his base in Portland, Oregon. Tingley holds over 40 patents worldwide and has over 125 referred and non-referred publications. He specializes in timber structures design and restoration with a significant interest in timber bridges. He is currently acting as senior engineer providing oversight on 20 timber bridge restoration projects worldwide.