For those maybe not in the know, a bridge deck is one of the main elements of the superstructure of a bridge, and the main roadway, pedestrian walkway, and surface on the bridge. The bridge deck is an integral part of the bridge structure and is often constructed out of concrete, wood, or steel. Since it’s where we walk, it’s important, right? This is why bridge deck inspection is so important. They’re a huge part of our everyday lives as they’re used almost every second since their installation. Routine inspections by professionals are necessary for our own peace of mind and safety.
Processes of an Inspection
The process of a bridge deck inspection is split into several different areas. First, there’s the rebar inspection (reinforcing bar), which are steel bars on wires used as tension devices in reinforced structures in order to hold concrete tension. Another duty of a bridge inspector is to keep a close eye on SCC brackets (stress, corrosion, and cracking). This is the growth of crack formations in a corrosive environment, which can lead to enormous catastrophes if it is not properly monitored, such as unexpected fallibility of normally reliant metals subject to extensive tensions. The biggest case of this was on the Silver Bridge in West Virginia in 1673, where SCC was the major factor in the collapse of the bridge, leading to a nationwide approval of inspections for all bridge structures.
Bridge Deck Superheroes
These inspectors are highly trained individuals who have put in long hours and studied for years in advanced courses to reach the zenith of bridge deck inspection expertise. They are an integral part of the community, and keep our bridge travel safe and sturdy. All agencies in charge of bridge maintenance should arrange for frequent and intensive bridge deck inspections, and hiring a service that you can rely on is imperative. They’ll get to know your bridge and its specific pitfalls and potential dangers, especially considering its usual congestion and weather circumstances.
Concrete Visions Can Help You See Danger in Your Future
Concrete Visions has over 12 years of experience and expertise in concrete scanning and we know how to detect any problems lurking beneath the surface. We use ground penetrating radar accurately and expertly and are familiar in many other methods that can be used when appropriate like concrete x-ray and electromagnetic conductivity. We are also very familiar with the latest construction safety techniques and train all of our workers to do their work quickly, accurately, and safely. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, give is a call at (410) 766-2210 or visit us online. For more articles and tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.