Pipe Bridge Load Bearing Capacity

IKM News • Updated August 2022

IKM has been supporting our client with the inspection and assessment of a pipe bridge crossing to determine remediation options following a weight limitation being placed on the bridge primarily due to concerns regarding the possible reinforcement provision in the bridge deck.

Our structural engineering team undertook a detailed structural assessment of the bridge deck (slabs & beams), and the abutments. A structural assessment of the bridge was carried out for vehicle surcharge loading limited to 12-tonne forklift load model.

The assessment was carried out based on a number of assumptions after IKM’s initial site inspection of the bridge and concluded the bridge had adequate capacity for a 12-tonne forklift.

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