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Team Inspects Bridges on US South Korea Bases

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Structural engineers from the Far East District segment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently joined the Engineer Research and Development Center in order to assist with bridge inspections on U.S. military bases located in South Korea.

The team assessed 57 bridges, accounting for both pedestrian and vehicular. By the end of the investigation, 23 bridges were found to be in good condition, 30 in fair condition, 13 in poor and one standing as critical.

Assessing U.S. Base Bridges

“Poor condition is advanced deterioration and possible failure condition. Critical condition maintains that the structure needs to be closed due to possible failures,” said Young C. Jung, FED Structural Engineer.

Far East District, U.S Army Corps of Engineers

Structural engineers from the Far East District segment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently joined the Engineer Research and Development Center in order to assist with bridge inspections on U.S. military bases located in South Korea. (Pictured: Structural engineer Young C. Jung.)

Like the Stateside counterparts, military regulations mandate that bridge inspections occur every two years, with the team keeping an eye out for excess vegetation, cracks in the road and signs indicating civilian weight restrictions for each bridge.

“Both became an integral part of the ERDC team,” said Gerardo Velazquez, who serves as both an ERDC research civil engineer and was part of the bridge inspection team.

“From helping collect channel profile data, identification of defects in concrete and classification between structural defects vs non-structural defects like concrete honeycomb and freeze-thaw cracking, they did an excellent job explaining to the technicians on the team what was a primary vs. secondary issue and what were the most important ones. Both got integrated to our teams very well and helped a lot.”

Once issues are reported, it will be up to garrison commanders to make sure commanders make necessary repairs.

   

Tagged categories: AS; Asia Pacific; Bridges; Infrastructure; Inspection; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Quality control

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