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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

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

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, Bridges, Infrastructure

Public Bridges, Private Utilities: The Role of Telecom

Posted by Edward Dill on Nov 9, 2017 9:10:00 AM

 

There are over 600,000 bridges in the United States. A vast majority of are publicly traveled and managed by local, state, or federal agencies such as the Department of Transportation. As public-facing utilities have changed, so too have their interconnectivity with bridge infrastructure. Let’s look at how the telecom industry’s unprecedented growth has affected America’s public bridge network.

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Topics: Bridges, Telecom, Private Utilities

The History of America's Telecom Infrastructure

Posted by Edward Dill on Oct 18, 2017 9:03:00 AM

 

The history of telecommunications is but a footnote on the larger history of communication. American telecom, then, has an even shorter history; the physical infrastructure of U.S. telecommunications has changed more in the last two decades than at any point in time.

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Topics: Telecom, Bridges