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#mystantecstory - Drew Houser, Bridge Inspector

My Name is Drew Houser, and I make a living hanging off of large bridges!

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<p>Drew:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I had an actual inclination in high school towards math and sciences and that continued on into college. I really got excited about looking at big structures including the structure we're standing on today, the Hoover Dam bypass. This is technically a rope access inspection. In order to get to some of the members on this structure, we actually have to utilize a combination of different techniques including under bridge inspection trucks or as we call [00:00:30] them UBITs to get beneath the bridge. From there we can access the girders, set our anchors and utilize our rope systems to descend or as we say repel down columns and get to the lower arch that supports this structure.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now this bridge is primarily constructed out of concrete. We're looking for things like delaminations, spalls, any type of cracking and again any general deterioration. While I was in college going to school for engineering, I got involved in hiking and outdoor recreation. [00:01:00] What some of that was whitewater rafting where I worked for seven years post college as a whitewater rafting guide in the Grand Canyon, just upstream of where we are here today. During that time I also threw my hat in the ring for recreational rock climbing and did that pretty successfully for about five years. During that time, I learned that rope access inspection was a thing and thought what a great way to meld both my engineering background and my recreational climbing experience and love for the outdoors.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Truly the best part [00:01:30] of this job is working together with my team. Our group of guys here and gals is about the best you're going to find. Utilizing that team mentality to get a big job like this one done, really is the best part of my day, every day I'm out here. My name is Drew Hauser and I am a bridge inspector for Stantec.&nbsp;</p>

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