The closure of the Hammersmith flyover just ahead of the 2012 Olympics went
some way to highlight the significant risk which hidden defects in
infrastructure assets can cause.
Lack of functionality for such assets has both
social and economic impact and can cause not only disruption to major programs
but also to infrastructure and the economy as a whole. With this in mind, CIRIA
intends to produce a succinct guidance document for Defects in hidden bridge
The guidance will bring together a wide range of experience and knowledge
from asset owners, contractors, designers and academia to:
address the need to design and detail structures so that all elements are
fit for purpose and are readily inspectable to confirm structural integrity
without the need for disruptive disassembly.
explore the inspection techniques that are available to determine the
condition of hidden parts in existing structures.
provide guidance given on the identification and maintenance of structures,
which are susceptible to catastrophic failure of hidden parts.
Whilst various pieces of research have been undertaken over the previous
years, this document looks to collate all previous research into one
standardised document, combining research, experience, innovation and future
proposed innovations to drive forward best practice and help manage risk where
bridges structures are concerned.
CIRIA is currently finalising scoping of the project.
CIRIA is seeking industry involvement and funding for the project.
To find out more contact Chris
Chiverrell at CIRIA.