SCI’s Steel Bridge Group (SBG) held an industry consultation in 2017 involving a wide range of clients, consultants, contractors, fabricators and other specialists. We wanted to know what areas we should be focusing for the development of best practice guidance over the next few years. A key theme that arose from this consultation was a strong belief that the whole-life performance of a structure needs better consideration at the early stages of the design process in order to consider whole life costs and minimise the need for expensive maintenance interventions in later life. We know that UK bridge owners are spending millions of pounds every year operating and maintaining their assets. We therefore wish to identify the main access and maintenance problems on steel bridges in order to develop better guidance for the future.

We are doing this by first asking you to tell us about your steel bridge problems, maintenance regimes and your current design approval procedures for new bridges. We are very grateful for your time spent answering this questionnaire as it will form the basis of the future guidance we will produce on this important subject.

The Steel Bridge Group is very grateful for your assistance in completing as much of this questionnaire as you are able to.
Please be reassured that the all information you provide when completing this survey will be processed in strict confidence by the members of the SBG involved in the 'Design for Operation & Maintenance' workstream (only), and that all data will be subsequently fully anonymised for the purpose of reporting on the survey results.
In addition, the SBG and SCI will fully adhere to your contact preferences as specified at the end of this survey.

For further information on SCI's Steel Bridge Group, please visit Please also do not hesitate to contact Mr Guillaume Vannier, the Secretary for the SBG at SCI (click above link for full contact details).
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