We'll be back: ARNI sees the future of bridge surveys

06/02/2019

Amey Roads NI (ARNI) has used scanning technology to complete surveys of bridges on Northern Ireland’s strategic road network, saving money and time, and keeping roadworkers safe.

ARNI was tasked with building, operating and delivering improvements to part of the strategic road network across Northern Ireland (DBFO Package 2). It is responsible for 540 lane-kilometres of motorway and trunk road, plus 140 bridges and ancillary structures.

It employed Amey Consulting to manage the lifecycle risk profile of new and existing highway assets, and to complete surveys of the bridges to plan for essential repair and improvement works, and as part of a regular inspection programme.

To address this challenge, ARNI used reality capture technology, the Leica BLK360, to create accurate 3D point clouds and images of its projects.

The reference models and 3D scans to supported remedial work and regular safety inspections. Using the scanner and its iPad software, Recap Pro, also simplified the process of surveying bridges.

For instance, a single worker can scan the entire underside of the bridge, securing detailed 360 degree, HDR spherical imagery and accurate point clouds in minutes using the equipment.

Scan annotations highlight concrete delamination and exposed reinforcement to help identify the exact location and nature of defects or areas of disrepair, rather than needing to interpret site notes, sketches and images.

Design teams then use the point cloud in Civil 3D to create surfaces, elevation and section drawings, and plan repair works, including what parts, materials and resources are required. Once repair works are complete, a repeat scan can generate a complete ‘as-built’ record for the health and safety file and can be used to substantiate the completion of works and authorise payments.

It could previously cost up to £4,000 to arrange a total road closure needed to complete a full bridge survey, which might be needed on up to 140 bridges.

Last month John Jordan, lifecycle project manager at ARNI, was awarded the Amey Consulting Award in the ‘Putting People First’ category for his 2018 work with the BLK360.

He said: ‘Gone are the days of handwritten notes and zoomed in photographs that no-one can figure what part of the structure we are looking at.

‘The BLK360 has already proven itself as an integral part of our team, and we look forward to continually exploring the possibilities of the BLK360 and identifying new ways it can transform our work, create efficiencies and reduce costs.’

Highways jobs

Technical Support Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£21.591 - £25.809
Using your administrative and communication skills to the full, you’ll provide invaluable support across our busy Directorate.  Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Assistant Tree Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£25,880 - £27,904
Looking for an assistant tree officer to join a busy Tree Section working with the most up to date arboriculture equipment’s and IT resources.   Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Contract Monitoring Officer (Streets and Grounds)

Wiltshire Council
£24,313 - £26,317 per annum
This is an interesting and varied role involving inspecting and monitoring the condition of the highway Wiltshire
Recruiter: Wiltshire Council

Green Space Partnership Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£30,066 - £34,538
You will have excellent written and presentation skills including experience of preparation of reports, briefings, minutes of meetings and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Sustainability Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£33,122 - £38,423
Looking for two Sustainability Officers to work across the Sustainability, Air Quality and Energy team to create, manage and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Parking Projects Manager

Brent Council
£45,585 - £48,482 p.a. inc.
As Parking Projects Manager, you will be responsible for leading the delivery, to time and budget, of key parking projects... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Parking Operations Officer

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,554 - £21,166
Are you a hard-working individual, who enjoys working outdoors in all weather conditions? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Team Leader (Local Plan)

City of Bradford MDC
£40,760 - £43,662 pa
The post requires a degree and eligible to be a corporate member of Royal Town Planning Institute and NVQ Level 5 in Management or... Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of Bradford MDC

Team Leader (Infrastructure & Local Plan Implementation)

City of Bradford MDC
£42,683 pa - £45,591 pa
The Post provides an exciting opportunity to manage a multidisciplinary team of professionals leading on Transport planning and Local Plan Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of Bradford MDC

Environmental Health Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£32,473 - £42,490
Seeking Environmental Health Officers to contribute towards delivering the project objectives of addressing rogue landlords and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Neighbourhood Highway Engineer

Devon County Council
£36,876 to £40,760 per annum
Seeking an experienced highway engineer with extensive knowledge of highway maintenance and traffic management to... Devon
Recruiter: Devon County Council

Road Safety and Sustainable Transport Assistant

Telford & Wrekin Council
SCP 13-17 - £11.41 - £12.35
Exciting opportunity to join Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highways, Transport & Engineering, Road Safety & Sustainable Transport Team. Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Project Assistant

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£26,999 - £29,636
Looking for an additional team member to support the Senior Environmental Health Officers in undertaking complex Air Quality Improvement Projects... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Principal Road Safety Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£42684 - £45585 per annum
We are looking a fantastic new road safety expert to lead our high performing and innovative Road Safety Team.The Royal Borough of Greenwich is commit England, London, Woolwich
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Principal Development Co-ordinator

Gloucestershire County Council
£33,799.00 - £38,813.00 plus 12% supplement*
Looking for those who will quickly understand the Gloucestershire context and can display their expertise and... Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

Team Leaders

Gloucestershire County Council
£43,662.00 - £45,591.00 plus 12% supplement*
Looking for those who will quickly understand the Gloucestershire context and can display their expertise and solid professional experience in... Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

Highways Project Manager  

Gloucestershire County Council
£43,662.00 - £45,591.00 plus 12% supplement*
Looking for those who will quickly understand the Gloucestershire context and can display their expertise and... Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

HDM - Team Manager

Gloucestershire County Council
£49,472.00 - £52,327.00 plus 12% supplement*
Looking for those who will quickly understand the Gloucestershire context and can display their expertise and... Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

Ugobus Driver (multiple positions)

Essex County Council
Up to £18938 per annum
Please note that we have permanent, fixed term and relief contract opportunities on a part time, job share and flexible working basis. The salary is u England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Inspector (Street Works)

Bedford Borough Council
£27,905 - £30,507 per annum
You will inspect the highways at agreed frequencies in order to maintain the highway in a safe and usable condition. Bedford, Bedfordshire
Recruiter: Bedford Borough Council

Highways on Fridays

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue
  • Highways England at Westminster
  • Traffex Scotland and Bridges Scotland guide
  • Highways Awards winners
View the latest issue

Latest Video