Since the mid-twentieth century, the infrastructure construction sector has undergone a big development, generating a large volume of assets that need to be preserved and maintained. Bridges are a vital component of every infrastructure and their maintenance, inspection and monitoring are necessary to effectively manage repairs and ensure sustenance of the systems. Over time, bridges deteriorate due to load and under the influence of various external factors such as wind and rain. Public Administrators and Owners conduct regular inspections to determine the condition of their assets.
The bridge inspection services at Applus+ offer a mechanism of proactive condition assessment, preventing emergency shutdowns and enabling cost savings by being able to target work crews and budgets where they are needed most.
Applus+ provides comprehensive solutions for bridge inspection and monitoring during construction and in the operation phase.
We are specialists in civil structures inspection, with many references worldwide both in railways and road-related works. We are experts in structures intelligent monitoring using our own technology based on optic fiber.
Our multidisciplinary team integrates experts in different knowledge areas like civil engineering, telecommunications and structural engineering.
For bridge inspection, Applus+ portfolio includes:
Applus+ provides bridge monitoring by using different sensors for measuring key parameters such as strain, displacement, force, temperature, inclination, alignment and settlement. Sensors are installed permanently for long-term health monitoring, temporarily for load testing and/or to ensure safe working conditions during repair or strengthening. Optic fiber is also used for this purpose providing a lot of advantages to conventional instrumentation:
Applus+ has developed its own software for monitoring. SIGTUN is an Internet-accessible data acquisition system that ensures that any significant change in the condition or behavior of the structure is logged, reported and efficiently monitored.
Applus+ is introducing new technologies for inspections, including Digital Twin and AI for defect detection, while still using conventional methods.