Bridge Inspection & National Bridge Inspection Standards

If you're a bridge inspector, you're familiar with the NBIS, or the National Bridge Inspection Standards Regulations.*

You're also aware how difficult conforming to those national bridge inspection standards can be.

As a Consultant, a Bridge Inspector, a Bridge Manager, or a County Engineer, you know the gravity of your responsibility. You know a bridge inspection report is a legal document, and in the event of a structural failure, even the punctuation on your reports will be subject to scrutiny. You dot your i's. You cross your t's. You use precise, quantitative descriptions.

For most of the structures for which you're responsible, you're very comfortable with your inspection procedures and results.

But there's that one bridge, probably load-rated, and maybe downgraded several times, that has been the topic of a lot of conversations within your organization. "Structurally deficient" doesn't tell half the story.

For years you've been filing reports from your bridge inspections, but there have been some areas on the structure which have been nearly impossible to "hands-on." So you've been writing on your reports: "Unable to access," with an explanation like "Under-bridge unit too heavy for structure at mid-span?"

What if the bridge fails and it's determined one of the elements you were unable to inspect was the cause of the failure?

These are the tough ones that can keep a Bridge Inspector or Bridge Manager awake at night.

National Bridge Inspection Standards
Bridge Inspector Performing Bridge Inspection

Since 1988, Harcon has built its reputation as the company to call for the toughest bridge inspections. If you have a structure anywhere in the contiguous United States that's been an ongoing concern, and you're not comfortable with the level of access you're getting, call us. We won't guarantee we can solve all your access problems. But we've solved a bunch of them.

You'll make our job easier by giving us as much information about your bridge inspections as you can including: feature carried/crossed, photos of structure and terrain, plans, stream bed profile, freeboard dimension, and GPS coordinates. We'll do a site visit, if necessary. Then we'll make a recommendation. No charge.

And you can go back to getting a normal night's sleep, knowing you've done all you can to conform to the National Bridge Inspection Standards with confidence. Contact Harcon Corporation today to get started.

* If you click on this link and go to the Access section, which is Topic 2.5, you'll find Figures 2.5.18 and 2.5.19 are photos of our Bridge Tracker. We're pretty proud of that. We didn't write the book on Bridge Inspection, but we're in it.