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The Components of a Utility Pipeline

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 15, 2018 9:03:00 AM

 

What Is a Utility Pipeline?

Utility pipelines are the unsung heroes of our modern landscape. Underground (and otherwise obscured) pipeline systems transport unwanted waste water, drinking water, natural gas, crude oil, petroleum products, electricity, and a medley of other common resources. Utility pipelines are interconnected systems which transport materials from Point A to Point B. Depending upon the type of pipeline in consideration, materials, components, and construction methodologies differ. When we consider utility pipelines running under the length of bridges, construction is much simpler when compared to maintaining and constructing state-to-state underground pipeline systems.

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Topics: Utility Pipeline

Bridge Inspection: A Closer Look at Utility Pipelines

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 2, 2018 9:01:00 AM



What Goes into A Bridge Inspection?

A utility pipeline bridge inspection evaluates the condition of major pipelines, pipeline leakage, bridge hangers, nuts and bolts, and applicable pipeline coatings. An inspection is a thorough evaluation of the components necessary to keep bridges in good working order. Bridge inspections are mostly visual– not to be replaced with a full-scale evaluation. Regular inspection is important to avoid long-term problems.

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4 Cathodic Protection Testing Methods: Preventing Rust Through Vigilance

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 20, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

Why Test Your Cathodic Protection System? 

Ensuring your cathodic protection systems are in good working order comes with the job description of installing them. In our last primer on cathodic protection, we covered the basic principles of cathodic protection systems, offered a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of sacrificial and impressed current systems, and addressed stray currents. Today we’re here to give you a general overview of testing your cathodic protection systems to keep them in prime running condition. 

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Topics: Cathodic Protection Testing

A Primer to Cathodic Protection for Underground Piping Utilities

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

An Overview of Cathodic Protection

Cathodic protection is the process in which American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) underground piping and propane tanks are protected from aggressive rust. (That is to say, some rusting is not necessarily harmful.) Cathodic protection addresses the steel disease (oxidation) by providing a protective layer to prevent further rusting. There exist two means in which cathodic protection for metal is achieved for underground piping: galvanized anodes (often referred to as sacrificial anodes) and impressed currents (typically referred to as impressed current cathodic protection).

 

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Topics: Pipeline Cathodic Protection, Cathodic Protection

What the Federal Infrastructure Plan Means for Bridge Utilities

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 25, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

The federal government is making a huge investment in infrastructure. Under the new plan announced in early 2018, over $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending will be spurred by investments at the federal, state, and local levels.

What are some of the standout features of the plan itself, and how will they impact the future of bridge utility work?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Infrastructure

4 Slowdowns to Anticipate During a New Bridge

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 18, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

 

There are a lot of potential hurdles to a successful bridge building project. As bridge utilities experts, Aptus has seen more than our share of projects stalled, halted, and otherwise interrupted by unexpected red tape.

When you’re managing a major bridge construction project, particularly repairing or installing bridge-attached utilities, here are a few common causes of slowdowns to anticipate.

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Topics: Bridge Build, New Bridge Build

Bridge Features that Help Optimize Bridge Utilities

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 11, 2018 9:01:00 AM

 

The success of a bridge utilities project is largely dependent on the bridge itself. There are a wide variety of factors that contribute to the simplicity and/or complexity of an install, and even more that contribute to the process of repair and/or updating.

Aptus has worked on thousands of bridges all across the United States. We understand what makes a utilities project work – and what can slow one down. Here are a few features that almost always mean a bridge project will remain as uncomplicated as possible.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities

What Makes a Bridge Utilities Installation Challenging?

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 4, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

Aptus is the leader in bridge-attached utilities for a reason. We’ve spent decades developing the skills and experience necessary to tackle some of the most complicated installations and repairs in the industry. We’ve never met a bridge we couldn’t handle.

That being said, some bridge utilities projects are far more challenging than others.

Which factors ultimately complicate the installation of utilities on bridges?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Utilities, Bridge Utilities Installation

3 Ways Bridges Improve Cities Beyond Transportation

Posted by Edward Dill on May 30, 2018 9:03:00 AM

 

Bridges are breathing new life into cities.

In the United States alone there are over 600,000 bridges standing today. Hundreds more are being constructed every year.

How are bridges improving cities beyond the obvious? What impact do these structural marvels have on cities beyond their ability to move people from one place to another?

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Topics: transportation

Installing Utilities Piping in Tunnels: 4 Things to Consider

Posted by Edward Dill on May 21, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

For bridge piping experts, tunnels present a unique set of challenges. The working conditions inside tunnels can be quite cramped, and many tunnels in the U.S. are ageing in place rapidly along with their existing utilities.

It’s not uncommon for tunnels’ utility piping to be completely replaced after decades of use, or for utilities to just now be installed inside tunnels for the first time. As advanced telecommunications become more widespread, some tunnels now act as support structures for important utilities such as carbon fiber cabling.

When installing utilities piping in tunnels, which considerations are the most important?

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Topics: Piping, Utility Pipelines, Tunnels