Desiccation Cracks & Snake Setbacks: An Average Day for an Asset Inspector!

Alexandra Mackaness (Assistant FRM Engineer)

Great to be out in the Suffolk countryside inspecting some of Southwold’s embankments. The were really suffering during the hot summer months with severe cracking occurring over the crests as they experienced shrinkage as a result of the surface drying out. Maintaining vegetation growth over the crest can prevent effects such as cracking however, with many embankment crests used as footpaths, vegetation sometimes does not get a change to grow with all of the pedestrian footfall.

And things are never dull either… look who I just nearly trod on!