PEITIR Bridge Inspection Program, Prince Edward Island


Project Description

In 2008, PEI Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal adopted a database program called the PEI Bridge Management System (PEI BMS). This program had been previously used in Ontario and is based on the inspection procedure outlined by the Ontario Structures Inspection Manual. This program requires the inspection of all bridges in the system bi-annually. Each bridge must be broken down into several key elements. Each element is then provided a criticality rating and any performance deficiencies and maintenance needs are highlighted. One of the key features of this system is it allows the BMS to highlight a timeline of when each individual structure will require maintenance, major rehabilitation or replacement.

Since 2010, Harbourside Engineering Consultants has been an integral part of the PEI bridge inspection program. HEC is responsible for the detailed inspection of approximately 40 structures bi-annually for PEITIR. The structure types range from timber and concrete culvert structures to multi-span, pre-stressed concrete girder, steel plate and box girder structures.


HEC’s core business involves the design and rehabilitation of bridge and marine structures. These new and rehabilitation designs demand extensive knowledge of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design manual. HEC’s experience in the design and analysis of bridge structures compliments our bridge inspection abilities. The ability to identify fatigue critical details that are no longer used in new steel structures is one example where our knowledge of the principals of bridge design can result in a better critical assessment of a structure.

To date, HEC has successfully conducted over 60 detailed bridge inspections covering all types of bridge structures. Each of these inspections were complete with element performance assessments as well as recommended maintenance actions required.

Client: PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Value: $60,000 Annually

Year: 2010 to Present

Role: Inspection Engineer