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National Bridge Scour Project

Please contact Charles Berenbrock with questions.

National Bridge Scour Database

Summary of USGS Highway Programs (2004-Present)

FHWA-RD-99-085 Portable Instrumentation for Real-Time Measurement of Scour at Bridges (pdf = 2.4M)

OSW Memos
SW 92.03 Guidelines for the Transmittal of Bridge-Scour Information to Cooperators
SW 93.01 Summary of Documentation that Describes Instrumentation
SW 93.04 Correction to Office of Surface Water Technical Memorandum No. 93.01
SW 96.10 Distribution of "Channel Scour at Bridges in the United States", by Mark N. Landers and David S. Mueller (Federal Highway Administration Publication FHWA RD 95 184), and of "Bridge-Scour Data Management System User's Manual," by Mark N. Landers, David S. Mueller, and Gary R. Martin (U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-754)
SW 97.04 Distribution of Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4310, Method for Rapid Estimation of Scour at Highway Bridges Based on Limited Site Data, by Stephen R. Holnbeck and Charles Parrett
Memorandum--Subject: Summary of the Bridge Scour Assessment Work Group
Memorandum--Subject: Reconnaissance Type Bridge-Scour Projects


USGS Training Courses
SW1004TC Basic Hydraulics Principles
SW2016TC Alluvial Channel Hydraulics and Sediment Transport
SW2009TC Surface Water Hydraulics Analyses
SW1091TC Sediment Data-Collection Techniques

Other Training Courses
Training Classes available with the Federal Highway Administration: Hydraulics

BSDMS - Bridge Scour Data Management System
FESWMS-2DH - Finite-Element Surface-Water Modeling System for 2-D Flow in the Horizontal Plain
WSPRO - A computer model for Water-Surface PROfile computations

Other sources of bridge scour related software
FHWA - Federal Highway Administration Hydraulic Engineering Software
McTrans - University of Florida Center for Microcomputers in Transportation
GKY & Associates, Inc.


Recent USGS Authored Publications on Bridge Scour
Crumrine, M.D., Lee, K.K., and Kittleson, R.L., 1996, Bridge-scour instrumentation and data for nine sites in Oregon, 1991-1994: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-366, 19 p.
Diehl, Timothy H., Potential Drift Accumulation at Bridges: FHWA-RD-97-028
Doheny, E.J., Helinsky, B.M., and McGregor, R.A., 1996, A technique for preliminary appraisal of potential and observed scour as applied to state-maintained highway bridges in Maryland: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-135, 75 p.
Hayes, D.C., 1996, Scour at bridge sites in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4089, 35 p.
Hilmes, M.M., and Vaill, J.E., 1997, Estimates of bridge scour at two sites on the Virgin River, Southeastern Nevada, using a sediment transport model and historical geomorphic data: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4073, 72 p.
Hopkins, M.S., and Robinson, B.A., 1997, Data base for assessment of streambed scour and channel instability at selected bridges in Indiana, 1991-1995: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-419, 17 p.
Jackson, K.S., 1996, Evaluation of Bridge-Scour Data at Selected Sites on Ohio: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4182, 96 p.
Landers, M.N., and Mueller, D.S., 1996, Channel scour at bridges in the United States: Federal Highway Administration Report FHWA-RD-95-184.
Landers, M.N., and Mueller, D.S., and Martin, G.R., 1996, Bridge-scour data management system users manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-754.
Mueller, D.S., 1996, Scour at bridges detailed data collection during floods, Proceeding of the Sixth Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, Las Vegas, Nev., p. IV-41 IV-48.
Mueller, D.S. and Jones, J.S., 1997, Evaluation of field and laboratory research on scour at bridge piers in the United States in Managing Water: Coping with Scarcity and Abundance Proceedings of Theme A, The 27th Congress of the International Association of Hydraulic Research, American Society of Civil Engineers, August, p. 135-140.
Mueller, D.S., and Landers, M.N., 1996, Laboratory evaluation of a conductivity probe for scour monitoring, Proceeding of the North American Water and Environment Congress, ASCE
Voelker, D.C., 1997, Application of the BRIdge Stream Tube Model for Alluvial River Simulations (BRI-STARS) at Bridge 101-17-5096A, State Road 101 over the St. Joseph River at Saint Joe, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4137, 45 p.

More USGS Authored Publications on Bridge Scour and Related Topics

FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Publications Reference List

Other References Related to Bridge Scour

Summary of the Bridge Scour Assessment Work Group (May 1993)

Other Links
FHWA Bridge Division, Hydraulics Group
ASCE Task Committee on Bridge Management for Scour Safety
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS)

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