Up and Under, an RSK company, already has three BICS scheme assessors and two certified senior inspectors (out of 13 inspectors nationwide) on its team. It is, therefore, in an ideal position to assist RSK clients with meeting the standard.
The recently published BD63/17, ‘Inspection of highway structures’, requires that structure inspectors have demonstrated their competence and refers to BICS (administered by Lantra) as the way of satisfying this requirement. There are no ‘grandfather rights’ and other professional qualifications such as Chartered or Incorporated Engineer are not considered adequate substitutes.
BICS covers the three main construction materials: steel, masonry and concrete. Inspectors have to demonstrate understanding of how bridge components work together to support loads, material properties and deterioration/failure modes. They also have to have a solid understanding of project planning, environmental considerations and health and safety. The two grades, inspector and senior inspector, are expected to demonstrate different levels of experience, with senior inspectors being required to be proficient in many areas.
As the scheme is recognised in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and supported by the UK Bridges Board and the Bridge Owners’ Forum, it is expected to be widely recognised and required for bridge inspection across a range of structure owners.
Up and Under is also awaiting the results of a further two assessments and has more staff part way through the certification process.
Andy Fewtrell, non-executive chairman of Up and Under, is an assessor, a member of the BICS management committee and a certified senior inspector. Andy is happy to answer questions regarding the scheme. For more information, please contact Andy on +44 (0)1270 589615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.