Why High-Touch Bridge Inspections Are Still Needed in a High-Tech World

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions, which are essentially cutting-edge drones with high-definition cameras and other equipment attached to them, are extremely valuable tools on bridge inspection sites. They are used to collect data, conduct visual inspections, build three-dimensional models, and more. However, they have their limits. These include: It’s often difficult for UAS to reach […]

Bridge Fires: Are They Really Worth Worrying About?

Many bridge designers, contractors, maintenance personnel and managers question whether bridge fires are something they should consider a top priority and spend time and money to protect against.  Things like extreme weather (especially winds), earthquakes, collisions and ongoing wear-and-tear are well known causes of catastrophic bridge failures. The truth: Fires are something everyone working on […]

How Bridge Contractors Can Limit Risk During Challenging Times

Anyone who works on bridges deals with risks every day. It’s a part of life when building and repairing these perilous structures, handling difficult tasks in challenging locations, and managing complex projects. Much of the risk is mitigated by: Following safety standards on job sites. Ensuring that project requirements and expectations are defined in carefully […]

Six Ways to Improve Snow and Ice Removal From Bridges and Roads

Winter is fast approaching. Are you looking for ways to make snow and ice removal from bridges and roads in your area faster, safer and more efficient? Check out these cutting-edge ideas that can help make your road crews more effective. 1. Learn from delivery companies. Who is better at getting from one place to […]

The State of Bridges Across the U.S.: The Good

The American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report card every four years that rates infrastructure across the United States, including bridges and roads. We combed through the data in the most recent report to identify the states with bridges in the worst and best condition. Then we ranked them and came up with recommendations […]

The State of Bridges Across the U.S.: The Bad

The American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report card every four years that rates infrastructure across the United States, including bridges and roads. We combed through the data in the most recent report to identify the states with bridges in the worst and best condition. Then we ranked them and came up with recommendations […]

How to Make Bridges Earthquake Proof

The recent earthquakes in California have more and more people thinking about the safety of bridges in areas that experience high levels of seismic activity. Unfortunately, the current situation isn’t good. Many bridges in the United States, especially older ones built before modern seismic codes were developed, are unable to handle significant seismic loads. They […]

How To Prepare Bridges for Wildfire Season

These days, it’s wildfire season all year long. In previous decades, the North American wildfire season typically lasted through the summer and into the fall. It was centered in the warmer and drier areas of the southern and western United States. The fires were fueled by hot summer weather, strong winds and dry conditions.  However, […]