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For many bridge projects, particularly railroad bridges, time is of the essence and long periods of track outages are not an option. Therefore,…
December 02, 2019
Michigan 3DOBS project
The 3-D optical bridge evaluation system (3DOBS) uses a vehicle-mounted camera combined with an image analysis software that would allow bridge inspectors to scan the finer details of bridge decks at near-highway speeds without the need for lane closures or exposing workers to potential traffic hazards.
A major motion picture is coming to theaters courtesy of the Michigan DOT (MDOT) and Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI).   Or … so one would…
December 02, 2019
“Get it in writing” is an age-old adage, but a reminder of its importance is merited from time to time. I cannot count the number of times that field…
December 02, 2019
Ravens and crows are known for their intelligence. Experiments have shown these birds have cognition on par with 4-year-old children. And just like a…
December 02, 2019
NO. 1 BRIDGE: Bayonne Bridge
The Bayonne Bridge project provided nearly 1,500 jobs annually throughout construction, an estimated $380 million in wages and $1.6 billion in economic impact for the region.
Everybody loves a big-ticket bridge build. Even folks who have no real appreciation for structural engineering or the complex geometry at play in the…
November 05, 2019
I was talking to a friend recently, the sort of floaty chatter that welcomes pretty much any topic in equal measure.  The tide turned toward what was…
November 05, 2019
NO. 2 BRIDGE: Marc Basnight Bridge (Herbert C. Bonner Bridge replacement)
One challenging aspect of the project was working in a sensitive marine environment. The project footprint is home to 20 protected species; the north end of the bridge lands in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, while the south end lands in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Several innovative solutions were employed to ensure environmental impacts were minimized.
From the time the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was built in 1963 over the Oregon Inlet along the North Carolina coast, the structure was in trouble.…
November 05, 2019
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