Tag: 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 »

A Proactive Program at Work: Investing in Dam Repairs Averts Crisis

By Chris Goodwin, PE Dams are an integral part of our lives, providing recreational opportunities, power generation, flood control, wildlife habitat, and other important functions. More than 2,100 high-hazard-potential dams are operating in the United States, as reported in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Their failure could result in the… 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 »