Kapcher Bridge Inspection

Kapcher Bridge Inspection

Bridges are important structures in modern infrastructure as they connect two places over a mass of water or valley. Their construction will usually require a huge investment as they can be incredibly complex pieces of engineering. Regular inspection and maintenance of bridges is crucial to ensuring they offer maximum safety and the length of service envisioned when they were designed. Instituting and adhering to a maintenance schedule will help keep your bridge in optimal condition year by year, guaranteeing the safety of its users.

Kapcher provides you with the data you need to conduct effective maintenance of your bridge. Our asset management inspection service will provide you with accurate models of the structure to help you pinpoint areas where cracks, corrosion or spalling may arise. Using cutting-edge 3D laser scanning and aerial imaging technology, we will provide you with a more comprehensive view of the bridge than on-site technicians can. In this way we eliminate potentially costly human error from bridge inspections.

How We Do It

We offer different types of inspection to address different points in the maintenance lifecycle of a bridge. Here are the three levels of bridge inspection and how they contribute to the condition of the bridge.

Level 1

The most basic level of bridge inspection where areas that need urgent repair, routine maintenance or further analysis are identified. Such inspections are part of the routine servicing of the bridges and surrounding road reserve which is ordinarily carried out twice a year.

Level 2

This level is more concerned with projecting future maintenance requirements. Done biannually, it is concerned more with establishing maintenance needs, prioritising them and estimating a budget for the execution. Another objective of this general inspection is to forecast the deterioration in the condition of the bridge over time.

Level 3

Here inspection is done to deal with an issue that has been identified with the structure. It involves a combination of inspection and using analysis of data to extract detailed information about the condition of the bridge. Based on the knowledge of the structure’s condition obtained, decision-makers will be equipped to select the best available structural management option.

By leveraging on technologies like LiDAR and photogrammetry to remotely gather data about your bridge, Kapcher can create a precise 3D representation of a bridge. This ensures we are able to optimize all three bridge inspection levels. This data capture and modelling technology is especially useful to the third level where decisions for strategic asset management need to be made.

Bridge Inspection Challenges

Obtaining accurate data surrounding an asset such as a bridge is vital to creating a maintenance program that ensures its longevity and the safety of its users. As with all inspections, there are challenges that data collection can incur. Some of these include:
  • Inability to fully access the site
  • Lack of an archiving system to store data for future reference
  • Overlooking some faults on the structure
  • Gathering inadequate information from the site
  • Not being able to immediately return to the site to get more data on a specific area of interest
  • Loss of data
  • Getting technicians on the site 
  • Coordinating the meeting of all required technicians on site

How Kapcher Helps You Overcome Inspection Challenges