We Are A Team
of highly skilled professional engineers who work exclusively on movable bridge machinery and electrical systems of all types and vintages.
Over 150 Years Combined Experience
We’ve inspected, assessed, and consulted on hundreds of movable bridges nationwide, as well as in
Canada, Belize, Bermuda and Italy.
include some of the largest engineering and construction firms in the world, as well as national railroads and state departments of transportation.
Movable Bridge Design
We are experienced in coordinating our efforts among various engineering disciplines, and in no way cause overlap of services or competition to our customers.
is on finding practical solutions to real problems while maintaining the integrity and safety of all equipment
in our charge.
Stafford Bandlow Engineering, Inc. (SBE) is a professional consulting and design firm specializing in electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic systems for movable bridges and heavy movable structures. Our in- house personnel have experience on hundreds of movable bridges and heavy movable structures nationwide, as well as in Canada, Belize, Bermuda and Italy.
Our experience encompasses virtually all aspects of mechanical and electrical systems for movable bridges and heavy movable structures. We are routinely involved in design of new systems, rehabilitation of existing systems, shop inspection, field inspection, preparation of procedures for machinery installation, strain gage testing for bridge balancing, electrical testing and construction support services. Our experience includes both highway bridges and rail bridges and we are knowledgeable in the governing AASHTO, AREMA and CHBDC standards. In addition, we provide troubleshooting of problematic conditions and emergency call out services.
Movable bridges include: bascule (trunnion and scherzer), swing (center bearing and rim bearing), vertical lift (span drive and tower drive), and specialty bridges (floating, Strauss, Brown, ABT, etc.).
Heavy movable structures include: hoists, cranes, ship loaders, dam gates and locks, ferry terminals, transfer bridges, aerial ladders/elevating platforms, tunnel ventilation systems, and special structures.
SBE is a leader in providing value-added engineering services.
Our emphasis is on finding practical solutions to real problems while maintaining the integrity and safety of all equipment in our charge. We are committed to establishing a lasting relationship with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through the innovative and professional quality of our work.
SBE delivers projects on budget and on time.
As an industry leader, we take great pride in our accomplishments and build on them every day. We have performed services in both prime and sub consultant supporting roles to larger engineering firms, construction companies, and independent owners such as railroads and municipalities. Our emphasis is on finding practical solutions to real problems while maintaining the integrity and safety of all equipment and systems in our charge.
Type: Span Drive Vertical Lift Bridge
Owner: City of Cleveland
SBE personnel provided engineering services for all phases of this bridge rehabilitation project, from inception through completion of construction. The project initiated with a scoping inspection Read more…
News and Updates
SBE staff are active members of the AREMA Technical Committee on Structures: #10 - Structures, Maintenance & Construction and #15 - Steel Structures. We recently sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2015 REMSA conference which featured our “live” model of a railroad...read more
Click here to see the complete listing of papers presented by SBE staff. A total of 6 papers by seven SBE staff were presented at the 2014 HMS symposium. Many of these papers were co-authored by members of world-wide engineering and construction firms as well as city...read more
SBE staff are active members of the AREMA Technical Committee on Structures: #10 - Structures, Maintenance & Construction and #15 - Steel Structures. We recently sponsored an exhibit booth at the 2014 AREMA conference which featured our “live” model of a railroad...read more
SBE is proud to be recognized as a member of the engineering team responsible for the 2000-2013 rehabilitation of the Mystic River Bascule Bridge in Connecticut. The bridge is located in historical downtown Mystic, one of the most popular tourist destinations in New...read more