FIT Engineering, LLC (FIT) is transportation infrastructure engineering inspection firm located in Jacksonville, Florida. FIT is a woman-owned business founded by Sanya Watts, PE, CBI for the purpose of providing professional services related to:
Inspection & Assessment
To protect the safety and welfare of the motoring public and to safeguard the nation’s bridge infrastructure, bridges are inspected according to a set of FHWA regulations. Structures, other than bridges, also often require inspection for a variety of reasons like an assessment of the safety and structural condition, evaluation after damage or impact, and determination of rehabilitation and/or maintenance needs.
Rope Access of Structures
Using industrial rope access is an efficient and economical way to gain hands-on inspection access to a variety of structures. Rope access often eliminates the need to use heavy lift equipment, the need for lane closures and maintenance of traffic.
Structural Design and Analysis
Minor Bridge and Miscellaneous Structural Design and Analysis entails the design and load rating of conventional, non-complex bridges and the structural design of other highway-related structures such as structural supports for highway signs, box culverts, retaining walls, and mast arms.
JTA SKYWAY ROUTINE INSPECTION
FIT Engineering was a subconsultant to RS&H on this project which consisted of a routine inspection of the JTA Skyway, an elevated monorail in downtown Jacksonville. The Skyway infrastructure is composed of 334 spans, for a total length of 5.5 miles. Primary superstructure types include prestressed double tee beams and steel box girders for which confined space atmospheric monitoring and protocols were used.
As the Project Manager, Ms. Watts's duties included organizing, scheduling, and planning; coordination with stakeholders such as JTA, FDOT, City of Jacksonville, CSX and local businesses; developing MOT plans and scheduling lane closures; leading the inspection effort in the field and writing the inspection report.
FLAGLER BRIDGE OVERLOOK RENOVATIONS
The historic Flagler Bridge Overlook is located in Bahia Honda State Park, about 35 miles from Key West, FL. The overlook is part of Henry Flagler’s historic Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway and the original structure spanned between Bahia Honda Key and Spanish Harbor Key. The bridge opened for railway traffic in 1912. The railroad and right-of-way was sold to the state of Florida after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 damaged or destroyed miles of track in the Keys. The bridge was converted to vehicle use for the Overseas Highway in 1938 and closed in the 1970’s when a parallel replacement bridge was built. The two truss spans on the Bahia Honda side were converted to a pedestrian overlook, but was closed off to the public in 2015 due to severe corrosion issues.
DAMES POINT BRIDGE INSPECTION
This bridge was inspected in October, 2015 with Burgess & Niple as the prime and Ayres Associates and FIT Engineering as the subconsultants. Part of the inspection included a hands on inspection of the cable stay wind ties. A manlift was used to access the lower ties and rope access techniques were used to get hands-on access of the upper wind ties. Sanya Watts (FIT) played a significant role on the climbing inspection team as she was the active climber inspecting the upper wind ties of four of the eight stay fans.
The Dames Point Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that carries Interstate 295 over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL. The structure boasts a 1,300ft. main span and a clearance of 175ft. off the river.
FIT Engineering, LLC is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise [DBE] in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi and also certified as a Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business Enterprise [JSEB].
- Rope Access of Structures (SPRAT Level III)
- Bridge Inspection
- Culvert Inspection
- Ancillary Structural Inspection
- QA/QC Inspections
- Load Rating
- Misc. Design – sign structures, mast arms
- Minor Bridge Design
Sanya - I just wanted to convey my sincere appreciation and congratulations to you and your team for a job well done! You worked diligently as a true partner with JTA to successfully complete the Skyway bridge structures biennial inspection and reporting on schedule and within budget. I applaud you for the professionalism, resourcefulness, accommodating flexibility, and tireless efforts to ensure the job was done right and on schedule.
In my 30 year career I can honestly say that your efforts are the best example of an excellent bridge structures inspection and reporting done with exceptional coordination, communication, professionalism and partnership toward a common goal.
Hamid Tabassian, PE, DBIA, Design & Engineering Manager, JTA