The right way to go about the dock inspection process.

Posted on 7/4/2017 by SuperUser Account

Count on Midwest Foundation to assure that your dock is both safe and fully functional.

Today’s marine docks are complex systems that should be inspected every other year to help assure dock longevity and maintain safety standards.

Oftentimes, repairs needed may be below the surface - which is why you need an experienced marine contractor that you can rely on for the dock inspection as well as to follow up on any repairs, maintenance or replacement work.

Midwest Foundation is ready to help. Having successfully completed hundreds of dock installation and construction projects, we know exactly what to look for - both above and below the water.

Our dock inspection process begins above the water with a visual inspection where we walk the dock, looking for stress cracking, inspecting all welds and checking the paint cover. Overall, we provide an assessment of the structural integrity of the dock, looking for steel frames that are bent or need to be replaced. Timber docks are also checked for structural integrity.

Our assessment includes an examination of all anchor cables, decking, structural members, electrical fixtures and systems, as well as flotation, and roofing. We want to assure that there is no evidence of structural deterioration, failure or inadequacy in all dock or deck components. Sometimes, there are different “hidden” costs involved in the replacement or repair of different docks and aging docks (utility codes, environmental issues, etc.) that we will make sure you are fully informed as part of our overall recommendation.

If you are adding capacity to your dock, we'll perform a thorough inspection and then one of our licensed professional engineers can handle the design, making recommendations on how to modify the dock for the increased weight. We also look at the performance of the dock from a safety perspective, testing existing safety measures like hand rail stability as well as assuring you have adequate safety restraint measures in place for the safe loading and unloading of items on the water.

Within the Barge & Marine industries, we pay special attention to fall protection - specifically at barge loading and unloading sites with dock accessing facilities. These sites typically include piers or dolphins located along the water's edge.  At these positions, the barges are processed with the assistance of cranes and or conveyance systems. Fall tethering is necessary to protect barge-loading personnel for falls into the barges as well as falls into the water.

Check safety at your dock

If needed, our dock inspection process includes an assessment of your fall protection capabilities.

Below the water, we can perform soundings of the riverbed to determine depth and identify any potential obstructions. Our sonar mapping equipment allows us to see piers underwater to determine structural soundness.

Once the inspection process is complete, we'll be able to make any suggested repair recommendations to assure your dock continues performing the way it was intended - safe and fully functional for everyone that uses it.

Midwest Foundation provides a wide range of turnkey marine construction, design and specialty service on, over and under the water. Working with state transportation departments, the Army Corps of Engineers, and various private companies, Midwest has successfully completed over $750 million in quality construction projects. Now, as part of the Byrne & Jones Companies, we're proud to be a trusted advisor to the clients we serve, working on their behalf to offer the best solutions for all of their marine-related challenges - and doing it safely every step of the way. For more information, visit