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How to Prepare Bridge Utilities Piping for Natural Disasters

Posted by Edward Dill on Sep 13, 2017 9:03:00 AM



Natural disasters can be devastating, and they often hit public-facing utilities particularly hard. Utility pipelines are vulnerable to damage from a wide variety of weather, from torrential rains to heavy winds to ice storms.

At Aptus, we install and maintain utility piping on thousands of bridges across the U.S. It’s our job to know when pipelines are susceptible to external forces; natural disasters can leave thousands of civilians and dozens of miles of pipeline in trouble. How can bridge-attached utilities better prepare for natural disasters?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Piping, Natural Disasters

What Does the Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Process Look Like?

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 19, 2017 10:13:00 AM

Across the country, natural gas pipelines are in need of replacement. Gas pipelines are some of the most vulnerable components of American infrastructure, and many in-use pipelines in the U.S. are 40, 50, 60 years old - or older.

Aptus Group specializes in the replacement of natural gas pipelines attached to bridge structures throughout the U.S. We’ve worked on well over 2,300 bridges to ensure the attached utilities are safe, functional, and efficient. We have spent decades honing our process and are proud to be one of the most well-known names in natural gas pipeline replacement. Here’s what our process looks like.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Natural Gas, Bridge Pipelines

A Look at America's Aging Natural Gas Pipeline Problem

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 12, 2017 10:29:00 AM

America’s vast network of aging natural gas pipelines are one of the biggest infrastructure problems facing this country. There are over 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipelines in the U.S. which supply gas to nearly 200,000,000 Americans. So, what’s the issue?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Safety, Pipeline Design

How Does Aptus Design Bridge Pipelines?

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 4, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Aptus is a turnkey bridge utilities installation service. That means our team of knowledgeable professionals provides “soup-to-nuts” service, from engineering to procurement all the way through the construction process. With decades of experience on more than 2,300 bridge projects, we’re your one-stop-shop for bridge utility projects. What is our involvement in bridge pipeline design?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Pipeline Design

Market Spotlight: Departments of Transportation

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 26, 2017 9:14:00 AM

The Aptus roster of clients is incredibly varied. We work with a variety of organizations in telecom, security, and municipal utilities, but one of our primary market segments has always been departments of transportation.

The national DOT is responsible for over 4,000,000 miles of highway and millions of miles of public-facing utility pipelines such as those for natural gas and oil. How does Aptus work in tandem with these organizations and what is our value-add?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Infrastructure, DOTs

How New Conduit Materials Keep Bridge Utilities Safe

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 6, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Conduits are one of the most elemental components of bridge utility installation. They protect the various substances, wires, and cables threaded across bridge systems, bringing much-needed utilities to thousands of people safely and efficiently. New materials are changing the way conduits are implemented and maintained for the better.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Safety

Market Spotlight: Municipal Utilities

Posted by Edward Dill on May 25, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Municipal utilities provide services to residents of a specific districts. Common municipally-run utilities include natural gas, electricity, sewage treatment, telecommunications, and water, among others.

These utilities make up a large percentage of all supplied utilities in the United States, although their customer share is less extensive than that of many investor-owned competitors. Services supplied by municipalities tend to be taxpayer funded, government managed, and more established than newer alternatives.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities

Who Makes Up a Bridge Utilities Inspection Team?

Posted by Edward Dill on May 11, 2017 10:15:00 AM

At Aptus, we really believe that a team is only as strong as its weakest link. That’s why we spend so much energy developing well-rounded bridge utilities teams for a variety of jobs. Communication, dependability, and experience are all key drivers of a successful team performance.

Wondering who shows up when you contract a specially-trained bridge utilities inspection team? Our bridge inspection team consists of several crucial players:

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Inspections

How to Reduce the Risk of a Bridge Utilities Failure

Posted by Edward Dill on May 4, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Bridges constitute some of the most vulnerable infrastructure in the world. Exposed to the elements and excessive wear, U.S. bridges support more than just car and pedestrian traffic: they also support thousands of public and private utilities ranging from cable to water to natural gas.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Safety

3 Ways to Protect Bridge Utilities from Environmental Exposure

Posted by Edward Dill on Apr 28, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Environmental exposure poses the single biggest risk to bridge-attached utilities. Over time, environmental factors such as humidity, saline, and even vibrations can wreak havoc on a bridge’s structural integrity, including that of the attached lines and pipes that carry some of our most important utilities.

How can bridge utilities be protected against the threat of environmental exposure over time? Proper installation and regular maintenance are key, of course, but there are other ways to ensure materials are defended against the elements. Here are three of the most effective.

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Safety