Bayside Engineering, Inc. (Bayside) has been providing bridge inspection and rating services to Massachusetts municipalities, MassDOT, MBTA, Railroad Authorities and other Federal and State agencies
responsible for bridge maintenance for over thirty (30) years. All of Bayside’s senior bridge inspection team leaders and team members have an extensive amount of bridge inspection experience. Bayside’s leadership in this field is evident by the on-going repeat bridge inspection and rating services by all our clients. Bayside has been involved with and in charge of literally thousands of individual bridge inspections and ratings and we are familiar with a majority of all the bridge structures in Massachusetts. Services include conducting field inspections; preparing photographic logs; bridge inspection reports; structural inventory and appraisals (SI&As); making recommendations for repair/maintenance, priorities and strategies; and providing assistance with identifying and obtaining funding sources.
Bayside has been providing bridge engineering services to the Massachusetts Transportation Department since our inception. Bayside has consistently maintained numerous separate open-ended contracts with MassDOT for over 30 years including bridge inspections, ratings, emergency repairs, rehabilitation and replacement. Following a recent bridge failure in Lee, Massachusetts, which received a notable level of press coverage, Bayside was called upon by MassDOT to perform emergency inspections of approximately 20 similar arch bridge structures at various locations Statewide. Bayside completed the emergency inspection on-time and under budget.
Bridge inspection, inventory, rating and cataloging for MassDOT by Bayside has been steadily on-going over the past 20 years and has included completing bridge structure inventories, ratings and analysis on over 3,000 bridges. Many of these bridges also included a field inspection to verify conditions of the structure as needed to update the inventory and rating. Services include developing a structural analysis model for each bridge using the latest MassDOT approved structural rating software packages to build an engineering database to automate future ratings and the issuance of overload permits.
Bayside is considered to be one of MassDOT’s bridge rating experts using the latest software packages. As such we have conducted several training seminars for the MassDOT Bridge Section personnel and other MassDOT consultants. Due to our extensive experience and understanding of the software utilized for all of bridge ratings performed, Bayside has also maintained an excellent working relationship with the software developers helping them improve their respective bridge engineering and rating software with each new upgrade release.