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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: Utility Pipelines, Piping, Tunnels

4 Factors That Determine Utilities Design for a New Bridge Build

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

 

New bridge builds are always complex. Between materials procurement, resource management, and the inevitable public inconvenience, there are a lot of components involved in building a new bridge whether it’s a 20-foot pedestrian span or a half-mile-long vehicular overpass.

How does utilities design factor into the process? At Aptus, we have years of experience designing bridge piping for utilities like water, sewer, and telecommunications cabling. Here are what we’ve learned are the four factors that ultimately steer the direction of design.

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Topics: Bridge Build, Utilities, Bridges

3 Recent Developments in Bridge Building

Posted by Edward Dill on Apr 26, 2018 9:04:00 AM

 

Bridges are some of the most complex pieces of infrastructure on the planet. From suspension spans to flat-pack elevations, technological advancements have changed the scope of bridge construction drastically over the past several decades.

Aptus keeps our fingers on the pulse of bridgework because innovations in the bridge space are inherently related to what we do best. Our bridge-attached utility projects ultimately function as an extension of the bridges they’re supported by.

Here are three exciting developments in the bridge building industry we’re keeping a close eye on.

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Topics: Bridge Maintenance, Bridge Build, Bridge Repair

Bridge Utilities Piping for Drawbridges 101

Posted by Edward Dill on Apr 18, 2018 9:08:00 AM

 

Drawbridges are special.

There are hundreds of drawbridges in the United States spanning canals, rivers, bays, and other bodies of water. Many are fifty years old or older. As these bridges age, cities must make difficult choices about whether to invest in the significant repair work required to keep them operational. Chicago, for example, one of the drawbridge capitals of the world, has over 60 drawbridges, only 43 of which remain operational today.

 

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Topics: Drawbridges, Bridge Utilities, Bridge Piping

How a Bridge Repair Affects Existing Utilities Piping

Posted by Edward Dill on Apr 12, 2018 9:04:00 AM

 

 

Bridge repair is a continuous process. The famed Golden Gate Bridge, for example, employs over 200 workers year-round to ensure all facets of the bridge are in tip-top shape. For other bridges, maintenance repairs can be a weekly, monthly, or quarterly concern. In the case of large-scale bridge repair projects, the process can take months or even years to complete.

Aptus has worked on hundreds of bridge-attached utility projects on bridges undergoing repairs. Here’s how the process affects existing utilities piping.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Bridge Repair

New Bridge Build? Here's Why You Need a Bridge Utilities Piping Expert from the Start

Posted by Edward Dill on Apr 3, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

The U.S. has over 600,000 existing bridges, and thousands of new bridges are built every single year. Not all make headlines – there are far more 20-foot overpasses built than there are engineering marvels – but all are critically important for the health of American infrastructure.

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Topics: Bridge Pipelines, Bridge Utilities, Bridge Build

3 Ways Improper Drainage Can Damage Bridges

Posted by Edward Dill on Mar 29, 2018 9:04:00 AM

 

Proper drainage is absolutely essential to the functionality of bridges. Both standing water and excess water can cause a litany of issues for bridgework, particularly the sensitive bridge-attached utilities supported by the structure itself. Here are three specific ways improper drainage damages bridges.

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Topics: Drainage, Bridge Monitoring

The Impact of Wildlife on Bridge Piping

Posted by Edward Dill on Mar 20, 2018 9:05:00 AM

 

Bridge piping accomplishes a variety of utilitarian purposes. On hundreds of thousands of bridges across the U.S., bridge-attached piping moves vital resources such as water, natural gas, and even high-speed internet cabling from one point to another. It’s important to remember that not only do bridges themselves have a significant impact on the environment around them, bridge piping does, too.

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Topics: Bridge Piping, Bridge Maintenance, Wildlife

How New Technologies Are Changing Bridge Monitoring

Posted by Edward Dill on Mar 15, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

 

There are over 610,000 bridges in America, more than 40% of them over fifty years old. The technology used to monitor the state of American bridges has changed significantly since most of these original structures were built. In fact, it’s changed significantly in just the past decade alone.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Bridge Monitoring

4 Ways Better Infrastructure Improves the Economy at Large

Posted by Edward Dill on Mar 6, 2018 9:22:00 AM

 

Infrastructure is the backbone of any economy. Reliable infrastructure doesn’t just make life easier, it makes progress possible. An investment in better infrastructure is an investment in the present and in the future of any given society.

How does infrastructure directly affect the economy at large? Here are four ways that are worth noting.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Economy, transportation