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What Does "Structurally Deficient" Really Mean For Bridges?

Posted by Edward Dill on Feb 14, 2018 9:01:00 AM

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According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, nearly 10% of the 600,000+ bridges in the United States were “structurally deficient” as of 2016. Almost 40% of U.S. bridges are more than fifty years old, and the maintenance backlog for bridges is now in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Aptus has worked on thousands of bridges, hundreds of them “structurally deficient.” What does it mean for a bridge to be structural deficient, really, and should you be concerned?

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Topics: Structurally Deficient

How Different Climates Impact Bridge Piping

Posted by Edward Dill on Feb 5, 2018 9:01:00 AM

 

The general climate has a lot to do with how bridge-attached utilities perform. Aptus has worked on bridge utilities in almost every state, in almost every climate.

It’s important to understand the impacts a humid, tropical climate will have on bridge piping as opposed to those of a frigid, windy location. Here are just a few of the ways different climates can affect the ultimate performance of bridge-attached utilities.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Different Climates, Bridge Piping

Bridge Maintenance Considerations for High-Salinity Locations

Posted by Edward Dill on Jan 26, 2018 9:44:00 AM

 

Bridges are complex structures, designed to withstand the significant effects of friction, vibration, and weather. Bridges installed in high-salinity locations are particularly susceptible to damage over time.

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Topics: Bridge Maintenance, High-Salinity Locations, Anti-Corrosion

How is Winter Weather So Hard on Bridge Utilities?

Posted by Edward Dill on Jan 17, 2018 9:48:00 AM

 

Winter weather does a number on bridge-attached utilities. Bridges themselves are susceptible to tremendous damage during the winter months; preparation is key to ensuring their utility attachments can weather winter without issue.

What in particular makes winter so hard on bridge-attached utilities? Here are five wintertime factors that really take a toll on bridges.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Utilities, Bridges

3 Ways to Protect Bridge Utilities Piping from Ice

Posted by Edward Dill on Jan 9, 2018 9:19:00 AM

 

Ice events can be disastrous for bridge-attached utilities. In some locations, ice is a seasonal eventuality, as persistent and predictable as spring rain. The nature of bridge-attached utilities, however, make them particularly susceptible to ice damage.

Aptus works on bridges all over the country to mitigate the damage posed by ice. From the Northeast corridor to the frigid Midwest, it’s our goal to ensure bridges with utilities attached aren’t held hostage by winter. Here are three ways to protect bridge utilities piping against ice.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Bridge Pipelines

How American Infrastructure Will Change in 2018

Posted by Edward Dill on Jan 4, 2018 9:47:00 AM

  

American infrastructure is in dire straits, depending on who you ask. There’s no question some of America’s largest infrastructure projects are due for an overhaul, and that many American cities are chronically underserved by the very infrastructure meant to help them grow.

How will infrastructure change in 2018? Which challenges will be addressed head-on, and which will take a backseat to more pressing problems?

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Topics: Infrastructure, sustainable water management.

How Bridge Piping Keeps Telecom Cabling Safe

Posted by Edward Dill on Dec 27, 2017 9:02:00 AM

 

Bridge piping is an integral component of modern telecom utilities. With over 600,000 bridges in the United States (many of which support extensive cabling networks managed by both public and private utilities,) it’s no surprise bridges are some of the most commonly utilized utility supports in the country.

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Topics: Bridge Pipelines, Telecom Cabling

How "The Cloud" Affects Telecom Infrastructure

Posted by Edward Dill on Dec 21, 2017 9:54:00 AM

 

The network environment is rapidly changing. Cloud-based computing is the future of telecom, and it’s having a profound impact on the way infrastructure is built and maintained.

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Topics: Telecom, Infrastructure

INFOGRAPHIC: Eight Cities on the Verge of a Telecommunications Influx

Posted by Edward Dill on Dec 15, 2017 9:02:00 AM
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Topics: Infographic, telecommunication

Telecom Bridge Infrastructure Maintenance 101

Posted by Edward Dill on Dec 12, 2017 9:07:00 AM

Telecommunications infrastructure relies on bridges to bring voice, data, and high-speed internet to people around the world. Here in the U.S., many of today’s most notable technological advancements would not be possible without continued improvement to the country’s telecom infrastructure system.

Bridge-attached telecom utilities are particularly vulnerable to the elements. Conversely, they’re typically much easier to modify than telecom utilities that are buried or otherwise inaccessible. The basis of maintaining bridge-attached utilities for telecom is simple.

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Topics: Telecom, Infrastructure, Bridges