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  • How Transportation Inspections Can Save Our Infrastructure

    September 17th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Transportation Inspections

    According to an article in Roads & Bridges Magazine. "ROADS/BRIDGES: Report says bad roads, bridges could cut U.S. GDP by $4 trillion"   "The 10-year picture painted by the American Society of Civil Engineers isn’t too pretty DOT IN CRISISNEWSCNBCMAY 13, 2016   The...

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  • Bridge Inspections with Robots

    September 2nd, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Bridge Inspections

    We hear every day about our ageing infrastructure and are warned about our decaying roads and bridges on the news constantly.   The Federal Highway Administration requires assigned asset managers to inspect our nations bridges every 2 years. If a bridge part or the bridge itself is...

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  • How Do We Test The Health Of High Mast Light Poles

    August 15th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    The Health Of High Mast Light Poles

    Every 5 years the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) requires all high mast light poles (hmlp's) on our nations highways be inspected. Most conventional inspections today consist of a manual visual inspection of the pole from the ground. The inspector may use a pair of binoculars to view the...

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  • Bridge Inspections Keep Our Infrastructure & Public Safe!

    July 30th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    infrastructure inspections

    Bridge inspections and evaluations are critical in maintaining our vital infrastructure assets by making sure that these assets are stable and can safely carry the loads and stress put on them at any point in time. National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) set minimum standards for the...

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  • Concrete Crack Testing & Crack Types

    June 1st, 2016     |   Doug Thaler

    There are a variety of types of cracks in concrete and as many causes for those cracks. Some of those cracks are merely settling and curing cracks and if there is no progression in those cracks over time, may not be harmful to the structure. Other cracks or cracks increasing in size over time can...

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  • Testing Concrete Crack Widths

    May 18th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Construction Materials Testing

    Reinforced concrete in all types of construction has one element in common across the board and that is the certainty that there will be cracks that need to be checked over time. Concrete cracking occurs for many reasons including settlement cracking, drying shrinkage,weathering, thermal...

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  • NDE & NDT Technologies Advance Infrastructure Inspections

    May 11th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Non Destructive Testing

    Non Destructive Testing NDT or Non Destructive Evaluations (NDE) are best known in the medical industry with gains in the medical industries use of X-Ray and MRI's. NDT and NDE is also used in shipping,railroads, aviation, Auto, the oil industry and NASA to look at material flaws that can prevent...

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  • What is Non Destructive Testing?

    May 1st, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Non Destructive Testing

    Non destructive testing (NDT), Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE) encompass a testing process whereby various materials, components or assemblies are tested for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability (useability) of the part or process. In other...

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  • What is Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

    April 24th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Ground Penetrating Radar

    Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-destructive geophysical method that produces a continuous cross-sectional profile or record of subsurface features, without drilling, probing, or digging. The GPR cross-section shows the ground surface at the top of the profile, and the reflections of...

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  • Amazing Cable Stayed Bridges

    April 12th, 2016     |   Doug Thaler
    Cable stay bridge inspections

    Cable Stayed Bridges although similiar in appearance to a suspension bridge are actually quite different. Cablestay bridges are faster to build, more cost effective and best for bridges from 500 to 3000 feet. A cable-stayed bridge has cables that run directly from the towers to the road. The weight...

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