Stroma was asked to provide expertise to monitor vibration levels in Peak Particle Velocity (PPV) over three different axes, at both Cranfield Road Bridge and the Bridleway Bridge which traverse the M1 and A421. Vibration monitoring was needed to help protect parts of the bridges which would remain standing after the demolition process.
During a 42-week project, Stroma Built Environment provided vibration monitoring services as part of a wider £28.5m project carried out by Morgan Sindall in conjunction with Central Bedfordshire Council. The project involved upgrading a three kilometer stretch of the A421 into a dual carriageway to more effectively link Junction 13 of the M1 motorway with Milton Keynes.
Stroma monitored activity around demolishing elements of the two bridges, to subsequently widen and extend them. Stroma’s monitoring helped protect the structural asset, by informing our client of the vibration impacts of the work being carried out in real time. Importantly, vibration monitoring of this type is becoming mandatory as a result of the increasing level of sophistication of sensors producing a high level of detail during the monitoring process. As the process continued, Stroma was able to report in detail when an exceedance occurred. We were able to analyse each event in depth to better understand the nature of the exceedances, which in turn better informed our client.