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Re: Bridge Testing in US

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I heard that in some European countries, it is still common for the design engineer to stand under a bridge when the bridge is being load-tested. If the bridge collapses, the engineer will most likely be killed.
What are those countries ?
On 17 Dec 2000 Jelena Bleiziffer wrote:
Could someone please help me with the following questions:
Is it necessary in US to test a bridge after it has been built and before it goes into service?
If the answer is yes, is the specification of bridge testing defined in some code and which one?
I need this information in order to compare it with the regulations on this subject in my country
which are undergoing a lot of changes recently.
Thank you very much in advance.
Jelena Bleiziffer
Croatian Institute for Bridge and Structural Engineering