Preparation of Load Tests
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This chapter discusses the aspects related to the preparation of load tests, regardless of the chosen type of load test. After determination of the test objectives, the first step should be a technical inspection of the bridge and bridge site. With this information, the preparatory calculations (assessment for existing bridges and expected behavior during the test) can be carried out. Once the analytical results are available, the practical aspects of testing can be prepared: planning, required personnel, method for applying the load, considerations regarding traffic control and safety, and the development of the sensor and data acquisition plan. It is good practice to summarize all preparatory aspects in a preparation report and provide this information to the client/owner and all parties involved with the load test.