CONSOR’s personnel approach waterfront and marine facilities inspection and repair projects with a safe, methodical, and analytical engineering-based process, particularly in difficult access scenarios commonly found such as under piers and in confined spaces. Our 60+ full-time inspectors have attended a multitude of national courses and training related to structural inspection; they also carry specialized certifications from the Association of Diving Contractors International and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. We are experienced in diverse environments for a wide variety of structures, including piers, wharves, relieving platforms, docks, decks, ramps, bulkheads, caissons, pipelines, fender and mooring systems, aid-to-navigation structures, locks, spillways, pump stations, weirs, and shoreline protection systems. We are well-equipped to carry out inspections from simple, straightforward tasks to more intricate projects that require complex equipment or material sampling and testing regimens. Once CONSOR’s engineer-diver personnel have established the above and below water condition of a structure, the same personnel prepare reports, plans, specifications, and cost estimates (PS&E) for execution of repairs. This documentation is prepared based on facility sustainment and/or repair. Deliverables can be used for soliciting construction services to execute the work in either conventional design-bid-build or design-build procurement methods.
CONSOR is recognized across the nation as a leader in full-service structural inspection for bridges, tunnels, overhead signs, traffic signals, and high mast light poles. Each of our inspectors receives specialized training from the Federal Highway Administration and various national agencies to provide superior service, including certifications from the Association of Diving Contractors International for underwater inspections and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians for climbing inspections. Furthermore, much of our equipment, including our trucks and boats, is custom-made, providing optimal efficiency in the field. Regardless of the structural assessment need—above and below water inspections, in-depth or hands-on inspections, rope or mechanized access inspections, non-destructive testing, load rating, structural analysis, scour evaluation, and emergency response— we provide one-stop services in a single mobilization with cross-trained, expert personnel.
Since 2007, as a natural extension of our structural assessment services, CONSOR has provided professional training for team leaders and bridge inspectors nationwide through both federal and state agencies. We serve as lead instructors for the FHWA’s National Highway Institute (NHI), having taught NHI 130053, Bridge Inspection Refresher Training for over a decade; we now teach NHI 130078, Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges; NHI 130099A, Bridge Inspection Nondestructive Evaluation Seminar (BINS); and NHI 134063, Bridge Preservation Module courses. Our course instruction has been recognized by NHI as a “Course of Excellence” several times since 2007 and eight of our instructors have received “Instructor of Excellence” awards for multiple years. Our structural inspection training for Pennsylvania bridge inspectors has included PennDOT’s Basic Bridge Safety Inspection; Bridge Inspection Refresher; BMS2 iForms Training; Bridge Scour Evaluation; and Load Rating Analysis of Highway Bridges courses. We were also selected to develop and deliver PennDOT’s Introduction to Element Level Bridge Inspection course.