How to Access the Inaccessible
The Challenge of Obtaining Safe Access to Hard-to-Reach Structures
Engineers, consultants, and technicians are highly trained professionals that routinely face the challenge of obtaining safe access to all the hard-to-reach places of the wide variety of structures and facilities requiring assessment. Conventional methods such as man-lifts, bucket trucks, scaffolding, and rigging platforms can be expensive and time-consuming and are not always an option. In recent years, rope access has provided a safe, efficient, and cost-effective way to fill the void left by such conventional methods.
What is Rope Access?
Rope access refers to the utilization of a wide variety of techniques to ascend, descend, and traverse virtually any structure using a redundant two-rope system. Caving and mountain climbing equipment has undergone multiple iterations of engineered modifications for industrial access use and now allows for a 100% safety margin. Over the last 25 years, rope access techniques have been performed in most parts of the world to conduct condition assessment, construction, maintenance, and rescue services. Since the inception of rope access in the industry, it has developed into a safe, versatile, and economical method for accessing difficult to reach locations.
SPRAT Makes it Possible
At Golden Forensics, we are willing to go where others are not in order to collect the data necessary to provide support for our opinions and conclusions.
Over the last 25 years, rope access techniques have been performed in most parts of the world to conduct condition assessment, construction, maintenance, and rescue services.
We often see technical professionals evaluate high-resolution photographs and video documentation from telephoto zoom lenses in lieu of performing a hands-on evaluation when a structure is deemed inaccessible. While this information may be helpful, nothing will replace the information gained by allowing a trained and qualified professional to perform a hands-on, in-depth analysis. By using licensed professional engineers trained and certified by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT), Golden Forensics can make inaccessible portions of structures accessible.
Our engineers will climb, rappel, and traverse to ensure we can provide solutions to our clients’ problems.
Whether we are looking at a 17:12 steep pitch roof, a vertical curtain wall system, a stadium, a bridge, a dam, or other difficult to access structure, our rope access team can efficiently and effectively access any portion of a structure to get hands-on, take samples, and perform standardized testing. Our engineers will climb, rappel, and traverse to ensure we can provide solutions to our clients’ problems. Evaluations by engineers on ropes have a proven track record of providing a high-quality product all while being safe, fast, and cost-effective.