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Reduce risk and maintain compliance with our specialist risk management services.

We’re proud to be a leading provider of complete life cycle risk management solutions. From ensuring asset safety and legal compliance with our thorough engineering inspections to driving operational efficiency with our specialist non-destructive testing services, (and much more in between), we’re proud of the long-lasting partnerships we have formed with our customers over the last 160 years, based on the value of our solutions.

Load Testing

Load Testing provides vital information about a structure’s response to applied loadings. Our specialist team can offer a comprehensive range of load testing services to help you understand the behaviour of your structures and ensure their safety and reliability.

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Leading Load Testing services

Load Testing provides vital information about a structure’s response to applied loadings.

Controlled loading is applied statically or dynamically within safe limits, enabling serviceability and ultimate load capacities to be calculated.

There are three main types of load testing:

  • Supplementary Load Testing: This type of testing uses loads that are representative of the loads that the structure experiences during its normal operation. Supplementary Load Testing is typically used to verify that the structure can withstand the loads it is designed for.
  • Proof Load Testing: This type of testing uses higher loads than the structure is expected to experience during its normal operation. Proof Load Testing is typically used to verify that the structure can withstand loads that are beyond its normal operating range.
  • Compliance Testing: This type of testing is used to verify that the structure complies with a specific set of standards or regulations. Compliance Testing is typically used for bridges and other critical structures.

Ensure the longevity and safety of your bridges and structures with our specialised Load Testing services

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Structure assessment types

We understand structures. We have extensive experience in the assessment of structures, and we know how to help if calculations suggest there is insufficient capacity. We can carry out:

  • Design Verification Testing: We can help you to develop a load testing plan that meets your specific needs.
  • Supplementary Testing: We can test existing structures to assess their condition and capacity.
  • Proof Load Testing: We can apply controlled loads to structures to verify their strength and performance.
  • In-Situ Stress Measurement: We can use a variety of methods to measure the stresses in existing structures.
  • Dynamic Load Testing: We can apply dynamic loads to structures to simulate the effects of wind, earthquakes, or other environmental factors.

Why Load Testing?

Load testing is a crucial step in the life cycle of bridges and structures.

It involves subjecting the construction to varying levels of stress, simulating real-world conditions. This process helps us identify potential weaknesses, measure the structure’s response to different loads, and ensure that it meets safety standards and regulatory requirements.

Our Load Testing services can:

  • Refine numerical assessments of bridges and structures: We can provide you with information about the structural stiffness, stress concentrations, and fatigue susceptibility of your structure. We can also measure the damping characteristics of your structure. This information can be used to refine numerical models of your structure, which can lead to more accurate assessment outcomes.
  • Assess the ability of your structure to withstand required loads: We can apply loads to your structure and measure its response. This information can be used to determine whether your structure has the required strength to withstand the loads it is expected to experience.
  • Assist with building change of use: We can test your floor slabs to assess their condition and capacity. This information can be used to make informed decisions about maintenance and repair.
  • Test for dead load stresses in bridges and structures: We can measure the stresses in existing structures using a variety of methods. This information can be used to evaluate the dead load stress condition and hence to facilitate a more accurate assessment of capacity available for live loads.

At BES Group, we can provide you with a comprehensive Load testing Service, from advising on the best approach to analysing and reporting on the findings. We can arrange and manage the test load, set up and operate the instrumentation, and undertake both dynamic and static load testing.

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Our Load Testing approach

Independent appraisal of load testing objectives

We will work with you to understand your specific needs and objectives for the load testing project. We will then provide you with an independent appraisal of your objectives and recommend the best approach to meet them.

Preparation of specifications/ outline load test system designs

We will prepare specifications and outline load test system designs based on your objectives and requirements. The designs will include the method of load application if this is not using traffic or vehicles.

Detailed design of measurement systems

We will design the measurement systems in detail, selecting the most effective sensor and data acquisition equipment. The systems will be designed to meet your specific needs and requirements.

On-site system installation and commissioning

We will analyse the data collected during the load testing and prepare a comprehensive report that summarises the findings. The report will include recommendations for any necessary repairs or modifications to your structure.

Data analysis and reporting

We will analyse the data collected during the load testing and prepare a comprehensive report that summarises the findings. The report will include recommendations for any necessary repairs or modifications to your structure.

Independent appraisal of load testing objectives

We will work with you to understand your specific needs and objectives for the load testing project. We will then provide you with an independent appraisal of your objectives and recommend the best approach to meet them.

Preparation of specifications/ outline load test system designs

We will prepare specifications and outline load test system designs based on your objectives and requirements. The designs will include the method of load application if this is not using traffic or vehicles.

Detailed design of measurement systems

We will design the measurement systems in detail, selecting the most effective sensor and data acquisition equipment. The systems will be designed to meet your specific needs and requirements.

On-site system installation and commissioning

We will analyse the data collected during the load testing and prepare a comprehensive report that summarises the findings. The report will include recommendations for any necessary repairs or modifications to your structure.

Data analysis and reporting

We will analyse the data collected during the load testing and prepare a comprehensive report that summarises the findings. The report will include recommendations for any necessary repairs or modifications to your structure.

Key benefits of Load Testing

Risk Management

Load testing can provide valuable information to help you manage technical risks. This information can be used to identify potential problems with your structure and to take steps to mitigate those risks.

Reliability Enhancement

Load testing can provide data to help optimise and improve numerical assessment outcomes. This data can be used to refine numerical models of the structure, which can lead to more accurate assessment outcomes.

Safety Assurance

Our knowledgeable team can assist you with the interpretation of load testing data. We can help you to understand the significance of the data and to make informed decisions about the safety of your structure.

Risk Management

Load testing can provide valuable information to help you manage technical risks. This information can be used to identify potential problems with your structure and to take steps to mitigate those risks.

Reliability Enhancement

Load testing can provide data to help optimise and improve numerical assessment outcomes. This data can be used to refine numerical models of the structure, which can lead to more accurate assessment outcomes.

Safety Assurance

Our knowledgeable team can assist you with the interpretation of load testing data. We can help you to understand the significance of the data and to make informed decisions about the safety of your structure.

Did you know...

600

bridges have been monitored by our team of experts since the late 1990s.

Why choose us

Data Collection

We use a variety of measurement technologies to collect data on the response of structures to applied loads. These technologies include physical sensors, surveying instruments, and digital image correlation.

Data Interpretation

As experienced civil engineers, we can help you interpret the data collected during load testing. We have the expertise to understand the significance of the data and to provide you with clear and concise recommendations.

Expert infrastructure engineers

Our team of engineers are all professionally qualified and have extensive experience in the field. They have a deep understanding of instrumentation and monitoring technologies and are committed to providing you with a high-quality service.

35,000 satisfied customers

We've built a strong reputation for providing exceptional service to over 35,000 satisfied customers from diverse industries. Our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction has resulted in long-standing partnerships and unwavering trust.

800+ expert engineers

Our team of over 800 skilled engineers possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a range of disciplines. Their deep understanding of your equipment and operating conditions ensures that they deliver proactive solutions that optimise asset performance and minimise downtime

A legacy of 160+ years of experience

With over 160 years of experience in the industry, we've witnessed the evolution of industry practices and have adapted our approach to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Our deep understanding of asset management, compliance and predictive technologies enables us to deliver cutting-edge solutions that drive operational excellence.

Hear what our customers had to say

We care about the journey we take our customers on, but it’s not our word you should be taking, see what our customers think of the service we provided!

We have been with BES for the past 5 years and don’t plan on switching providers. They are very flexible with their services and are able to bring the best inspectors who can deal with on the ground challenges and build real relationships with clients.

Customer

Global Technical Services Manager

BES is a really disruptive force in the market, they are able to provide a variety of necessary services to their customers and none of the other big players are able to provide that breadth of services.

Industry competitor

The BES inspectors are way more technically competent and diligent compared to other providers. I previously used Allianz, and BES definitely stands out due to their strong technical competence and strong back office support.

Customer

Project Operations Manager

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