Category: Structural Inspection

Inspectors Make Sure Gorgeous Bridges Are Safe Bridges

By Brian Schroeder, PE, CBI, CWI, and Rick Maslyn, CBI MSN.com recently compiled a listing of “Gorgeous Photos of Bridges in Every State.” The photos range from suspension and cable-stayed bridges crossing major water bodies to pedestrian bridges in parks. What unites these and most of the approximately 600,000 structures in the United States is… Read More »

Battling Bridge Scour with Research, Inspections, and Training

By Brian Schroeder, PE, CBI, CWI Some of the most important foundational elements of a bridge are its least visible – the abutments, piers, piles, and footings submerged under the waterline. That’s where bridge inspectors look for scour – the erosion of soil surrounding a bridge foundation (piers and abutments). Bridge scour occurs when fast-moving… Read More »

Upon Further Inspection, Is That a Drone in the Chimney?

Santa comes down the chimney with a bound – or so goes the old poem. But Santa isn’t alone in navigating tight spaces. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have been used in a few chimneys this year in Wisconsin. The chimneys in question are state-owned heating plant chimney stacks. Normally an inspector would need to rappel… Read More »