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TVI offers general training courses to engineers and technologist on a needs to know, custom basis. The recent addition of advanced inspection processes to the CSA W59-13 standard has created an unprecedented opportunity to use these relatively unknown techniques for continuous improvement and cost savings. The following course has been designed to fill this need.

What an Engineer must know when specifying welding for Bridges and Steel Structures in Canada.
CSA W59-13 standard on Welded Steel Construction - Metal Arc welding


Welding is a complex process and is often not well understood. It is frequently taken for granted by Management and General Contractors. Welding Engineering is not formally taught in most engineering schools and yet practicing mechanical and civil engineers are required to understand it and take responsibility for it while building Bridges, Steel structures and Industrial equipment. The Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code CSA S-6-06 is a 733 page document, broken down in sixteen sections. This code uses the Limit states design approach and reflects design conditions for all provinces of Canada. More specifically, Section 10 of this code covers welded fabrication and cross references mandatory use of  CSA welding standards CSA W59, CSA W47.1, CSA W48 and CSA 178.1 & CSA 178.2. Design of Steel Structures - CSA standard CSA S-16-09 on the contrary is applied to the design of a broad spectrum of steel structures like buildings and structural components with usual and  unusual architectural  shapes. This standard is not used in the construction of Bridges, Antennas, offshore structures etc. CSA S-16-09 is also based on Limit states design approach and cross references mandatory use of the same welding standards called out for the Bridge code above. This course will provide you the opportunity to learn about welding and ask questions in a non judgemental environment while providing guidance in understanding how to specify its use while preparing specifications and how to successfully use it to deliver a cost effective and a safe product.

This course has been designed with the following objectives in mind:

  • Provide participants an inventory of paragraphs within the codes mandating Engineer's responsibility
  • Better understanding Engineer's responsibilities while building welded Bridges, Steel structures and Industrial machines
  • While explaining the various paragraphs, simplify comprehension of welding metallurgy, welding processes, welding symbols, inspection processes, welding quality, brittle fracture, fatigue failures, preheats for hydrogen cracking prevention, mandatory and non mandatory inspection requirements, repairs and safety.
  • Provide a forum for your welding issues and potential solutions for code compliance.

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