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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

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: Utilities, Bridge Utilities, Bridge Utilities Installation

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

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

3 Ways to Prevent Bridge Piping Ruptures Before They Happen

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

Ruptures are one of the most pressing issues facing America’s bridge-attached pipelines, and they’re more common than you think. Sensitive utilities such as gas and water are susceptible to rupture for myriad reasons including inclement weather, deferred maintenance, and even accidental puncture.

The good news is, most bridge pipeline ruptures are totally preventable. Aptus is an industry leader in repairing bridge-attached utilities when they rupture, but we have a vested interest in preventing these kinds of issues from happening in the first place. Here are three ways we’ve proven can stop bridge piping ruptures before they start.

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Topics: Bridge Piping, Bridge Maintenance, Piping, Bridge Utilities

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 Piping, Different Climates, Bridge Utilities

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: Bridges, Utilities, Bridge Utilities