Structural Asset Consulting Engineers (SACE) are a new structural asset consultancy whose staff through experience working for major consultancies have considerable experience working with Local Authorities and Principal contractors working on behalf of Network Rail, Highways England and Environment Agency.
SACE comprise Civil Engineering professionals including Chartered Engineers with the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Principal and General Inspection Methodology
SACE staff have a wealth of knowledge organising and undertaking Principal and General Inspections in accordance with BD63/07 within a highway environment. These include, but not limited to North Lincolnshire Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Wakefield Council and Portsmouth Council PFI.
For General Inspections, completed forms following the Inspection Pro-forma of Appendix A of Volume 2 of Bridge Condition Indicators/CSS Guidance Note on Bridge Inspections, will be submitted for each structure.
For Principal Inspections more extensive reports fully describing the structure, the form of the inspection, the findings of the inspection including sketches and any recommendations as well as the completed forms following the Inspection Pro-forma of Appendix A of Volume 2 of Bridge Condition Indicators/CSS Guidance Note on Bridge Inspections
SACE are able to undertake Structural Reviews in accordance with BD 101/11 for structures having a clear span of or internal diameter of greater than 1.8m except for corrugated steel buried structures which will be included if they have spans of 0.9m or more.
SACE through Cygnet projects are capable of planning and managing all aspects of Inspections including organising traffic management, scaffolding, mobile elevated work platforms, roped access and non-destructive testing (as requested) within Client deadlines.
SACE are also familiar with the Network Rail requirements for Outside Party Works Applications where a Basic Asset Protection Agreement (BAPA) is required prior to the booking of possessions. Inspection works within planned possessions will be under the Network Rail Managed safety critical Staff. SACE staff has extensive experience in working in a rail environment as part of Outside Party Works team who generally are Personnel Track Safety (PTS) trained to Network Rail standards.
SACE staff are currently working towards gaining certification as per the requirements of IAN192/16 – Inspector Competency and Certification.
SACE have a competency management system in accordance with Network Rail standard NR/SP/CIV/017 and have staff trained and assessed competent for rail structures examination namely STE2, STE3, STE4 and STE5 to NR/SP/CIV/017.
SACE currently hold contracts with clients to provide Network Rail structures examination services including inspection, reporting and Engineering review.
Design and Assessments
SACE are able to undertake maintenance design and assessment works for Highways Structures in accordance with the requirements of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and the Manual Contract for Highways Works (MCHW). Design and Assessment Works are undertaken as detailed in task specific Technical Approval documents to BD2/12 depending on structure proposal category. Maintenance design / specification packages could include Drawings, Works Specifications, Design Risk Assessments and Environmental Risk Assessments.
Within the DMRB and MCHW, SACE has experienced staff who have previously worked on maintenance schemes requiring painting design to Series 1900 for new steelwork and Series 5000 for maintenance painting works. We also have experience in detailing and specifying concrete repairs in accordance with BD27/86 and the relevant parts of BS EN 1504 – Products and Systems for the Protection and Repair of Concrete Structures.
SACE staff are experienced in structures assessment for highway and railway structures. Specifically this has involved the use of Network Rail standards NR/GN/CIV/025, RT/CE/S/035, Department of Transport standards DMRB BD21/01, BA 16/97, BD 56/10 and British Standards BS5400 (not exhaustive list).
SACE currently act as designers on rail structures maintenance schemes for Principal contractors who are working on behalf of Network Rail.