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Bridges to carry data barcodes

A council initiative will see barcodes placed on every bridge, road underpass, pedestrian subway and tunnel in an area of London, it has been revealed.

The City of Westminster has launched a six-month project to mark thousands of structures with stripped codes, similar to those found on food packaging.

Maintenance staff, contractors and independent inspectors will be able to access a database of information about the maintenance log of the component simply by scanning the barcodes with a handheld computer.

Those to carry the new information mark include The Strand/Kingsway underpass and the Piccadilly Underpass, the Waterloo Bridge and the Golden Jubilee Footbridge.

David Yeoell, Assistant City Commissioner of Transportation at Westminster City Council, said: “The benefits of this pioneering work will be significant. Maintenance will be focused to exact locations and problem sites analysed.

“The efficiency of the work and resources will be improved, particularly as the information is electronic and easily accessible.

“The information can also be used when looking at lifecycle costs and funding requirements.”

Highway maintenance, civil engineering and construction services specialist FM Conway, working on behalf of the council, is currently in the process of attaching the 20,000 barcodes.

The project is expected to take a team of five people until April 2010 to complete.


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