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?
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.
Natural gas leaks aren’t just dangerous to the pipeline environment, but to the people and animals immediately surrounding the area. They can also lead to monetary losses by gas companies that are (eventually) passed on to customers. These kinds of leaks can be particularly difficult to diagnose, but must be dealt with quickly and efficiently once noticed.
It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and Aptus specializes in gasline inspections and repairs that can prevent these costly leaks. Bridges and other vulnerable structures are predisposed to specific environmental risks that make a leak more likely. These are some best practices prescribed when a leak is detected:
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.
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.
Bridge-attached utilities are particularly vulnerable to wear-and-tear. It’s hard to understate how important it is that the pipelines, cables, and conduits of America’s utilities be well maintained. Why do bridge utilities fail? The reasons are often surprisingly simple.
The corrosion of steel is one of the biggest challenges facing America’s bridges today. With consistent atmospheric exposure, steel rivets, reinforcements, and piping used in bridge construction are particularly vulnerable to rust. Corrosion control is a necessary step in improving our country’s failing bridge infrastructure.
Cathodic protection is one of the primary strategies employed in mitigating corrosion on bridges. How much do you know about this time- and money-saving technique and what it offers bridge infrastructure?