The effective management of bridges is paramount to the continuity of road networks, safety of communities, and access to emergency services. With good reason, the province on Ontario identifies the asset management of bridges as one of its top priorities. This course will provide an overview of the structural elements comprising bridges, the legislative framework that safeguards the maintenance of bridges, their life cycle, and recommended best practices for maintenance and operations. Asset management of bridges, capital programming, project development and project delivery will be examined against a backdrop of municipal economics and finances, and the approvals process to be followed. Case studies will be used to explore the real world application of these topics.
Ken Becking P. Eng., CAO, Town of Mississippi Mills
Ken has an extensive career in municipal public works management and administration with over 20 years of municipal experience in both the upper tier and single tier municipalities where he was the senior staff member responsible for all aspects of municipal public works. Ken is also a Designated Consulting Engineer by the Professional Engineers of Ontario and has over 10 years of consulting experience, providing sound advice to municipalities throughout Ontario.
His expertise covers the full range of municipal services including urban and rural roadway systems; bridges; public transit systems; municipal airport operation; urban and rural drainage systems including municipal drains; water distribution and wastewater collection systems; water and wastewater treatment facilities; and solid waste collection and disposal facilities.
Ken’s volunteer efforts have included Chair of Transportation Association of Canada’s Small Municipal Taskforce and as a member and Vice Chair of Transportation Association of Canada’s Human Resources and Education Development Council. Ken was the President of the Municipal Engineers Association of Ontario in 2003 and has represented municipalities on a number of task forces and intergovernmental working groups.
Ken has also volunteered with the Ontario Good Roads Association in a variety of capacities including as an instructor at the annual road school at the University of Guelph.
Ken has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and has undertaken post graduate studies at Carleton University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University). He has also undertaken the Diploma Program in Public Administration at the University of Western Ontario.
Centre for Health and Safety Innovation
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