CASE STUDY – Kent County Council Principal Bridge Inspections
We have been appointed by Kent County Council to undertake Principal Bridge Inspections for 2021/2022. Currently ongoing, scope of services include carrying out principal inspections, reviewing Post Tensioned Slab Inspection structures (PTSI), carrying out all planning and management of access requirements as well as stakeholder liaison where necessary.
The Principal Bridge Inspections were carried out by a team of two engineers. This inspection was detailed from a structure within touching distance. Traffic Management and suitable access equipment were required, as necessary and the inspections carried out in accordance with CS 450 (standards for Highways structures).
We actively engaged with key stakeholders such as Kent County Council, subcontractors and public agencies. Team Management with road closure and temporary traffic lights, special access equipment such as mobile elevating work platforms, cherry pickers, scaffold tower, CCTV, confined space entry, pontoon/barge and scaffold towers will be utilised to carry out the principal inspections.
The key challenges to this project are planning works across such a large county; coordinating multiple stakeholders, and the challenging programme itself but the inspections are currently progressing on time and within budget. Additional challenges include carrying out works safely and protecting inspectors from risk of COVID-19 which remains the utmost priority.