The way a bridge structure interacts with the body of water it crosses can be a determining factor of the bridge’s longevity. WRE engineers analyze the hydraulic aspects of bridge piers, abutments, decks, and supporting elements. We evaluate river bed and streambank conditions and assess scouring potential. WRE can assist clients with:

  • Calculating backwater curves pre- and post-bridge construction to determine appropriate deck elevation
  • Optimizing pier and abutment design to minimize upstream flooding potential
  • Estimating scour potential to design appropriate armoring of river beds and banks