Pickering Corts And Summerson

Bridge Inspection

The primary responsibility of PCS’s bridge inspection personnel is to ensure public safety and confidence in our clients’ bridges and to protect public investment in the infrastructure.

Our professional staff consists of experienced and certified inspectors, professional engineers, technicians, and commercial divers who are exclusively assigned to highway bridge and structure inspections. Since the beginning of our Bridge Inspection Program in 1979, our staff has performed well over 10,000 inspections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware for clients in both the public and private sectors.

Our bridge inspection services are in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and our qualified team leaders are thoroughly familiar with the latest FHWA bridge inspection procedures and criteria. Our inspection personnel are trained in work zone safety, railroad safety procedures, and confined space entry, as well as in the use of fall protection equipment. Additionally, our staff is up-to-date with OSHA safety requirements.

Our bridge inspection personnel routinely perform a wide variety of inspection assignments ranging from small single-span bridges and culverts to large multi-span bridges and viaducts. Structures are located in both rural and urban environments and span a variety of intersecting features including roadways, railroads, waterways, and major utilities. Of the more than 8,000 structures inspected since 1990, over 100 have been in-depth inspections of major bridges, such as the 5,176′ long double-deck Girard Point Bridge and the 8,780′ long George Platt Memorial Bridge, both in Philadelphia, PA. This experience coupled with our ability to provide quality services and products has given PCS the reputation as one of the leading bridge inspection companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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We Provide:

  • Initial, Routine, Interim, and In-Depth Bridge Inspections
  • Complex Bridge Inspection of Fracture Critical Members, Fatigue and Fracture Prone Weld Details, and Structures with Load Restrictions
  • Confined Space Entry for Culvert and Bridge Inspections
  • Underwater Bridge Inspections
  • Detailed Section Loss Measurements Utilizing Ultrasonic Measuring Devices and Critical Defect Documentation
  • Streambed Scour, Substructure Stability, and Channel Evaluations
  • Structural Analysis and Load Ratings
  • Non-Destructive Materials Testing Utilizing Liquid Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Testing Methods
  • Electronic Field Note Capabilties
  • National Bridge Element (NBE), Structure Inventory and Appraisal (SI&A), BMS2, and Pontis CoRe Element Inventory and Assessment Coding
  • AutoCAD and MicroStation Critical Defect Drawings
  • Detailed Inspection Reports Including Structure Repair Recommendations and Cost Estimates
  • Local and State Agency and Railroad Coordination
  • Emergency Bridge Inspection Response
  • Use of Special Access Equipment Including Under Bridge Inspection Cranes, Bucket Trucks, Man Lifts, and Rigging