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Bridge Inspections

  • 1.  Bridge Inspections

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi All.
    Adelaide Hills Council (SA) is about to embark on a Level 2 inspection process for it bridge assets.  It has been 8 years since our last full inspection.  I am looking for anyone who has recently completed this inspection process using consultants recently and happy to share their specification and any knowledge/ leanings from the process.
    regards
    David Collins

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    David Collins
    Manager, Sustainable Assets
    Adelaide Hills Council
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  • 2.  RE: Bridge Inspections

    Posted 11 days ago
    ​Hi David

    I am the Asset Manager for our Bridge assets here at the City of Adelaide and would be happy to share my learnings. We are undertaking a Condition Audit of all of our Major Road and Footbridges, and minor Parkland Footbridges currently. The last time they were audited was 2015. It certainly is an in depth process and there is a lot to cover! It would be very interesting to hear your challenges as well.

    Mason Willis
    Mobile: 0466504321
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  • 3.  RE: Bridge Inspections

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi David​

    DPTI use consultants to undertake most if not all of their bridge inspections now.  Quite a few of them used to work for the department.  I don't have access to the spec, but get in touch with them or one of the consultants.  Martin Fidge
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  • 4.  RE: Bridge Inspections

    Posted 11 days ago
    ​Good afternoon David

    I am the Asset manager for our Bridge assets at the City of Adelaide, and have recently comemnced the condition audit for the Major Road and Major Footbridges, and our minor Parkland Footbridges. I would be happy to discuss our experience and process with the condition audit, and what I have learned. It is quite an in depth process and many learnings have come from the process.

    happy to chat further

    Mason Willis
    Mobile: 0466504321
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  • 5.  RE: Bridge Inspections

    Posted 11 days ago
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  • 6.  RE: Bridge Inspections

    Posted 11 days ago
    ​Hi David,

    Our municipality has a standing 4-5 year long contract in place with a consulting firm for our Bridge Inspection Program. Over the years, we've found that the format that works best for us is to have a detailed inspection (level 2) every 4 years and then have the consultant conduct a routine inspection (level 1) every year after that. The detailed inspections are done based on the DRU rating system and they provide us with a BCI for each bridge as well (and include previous ratings/indexes, so it's easy to see the trend). Our Program has morphed into more of an asset management program because we've also started requesting the consultants to provide additional reports on gap analysis and work with us on improving how we can best illustrate to the decision makers what our growing needs are for the bridges, what our budgets should be, and what the trends are for each bridge category, etc. We ask the consultants to conduct load rating on bridges that may not have been load rated to specific kind of vehicles that may be new users on those bridges. As we are in a seismic zone, we have also started asking our consultants to prepare seismic assessment reports and seismic performance drawings (drawings that indicate the predicted performance of the bridge, depending on which level of hazard strikes). In the past, our consultants have prepared detailed maps, summary sheets and routine maintenance forms for each bridge. We can then use that information with our maintenance crews and use it for other scope of work. We also request that, as part of the Program, the consultant provides high-level cost estimates for replacement for each bridge and high-level costs for any recommended repairs and provide us with a recommended timeline for these repairs, based on priority levels. I hope this helps!

    Cheers,

    Natalia
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