Floats for transporting bridges
On behalf of "BSB Staalbouw" Buitink Technology developed,
produced and installed (inflatable) floats to transport a new table
bridge from Sumar to Zuidhorn (Holland) using a push and pull
boat. The total transport distance was 45 kilometers.
The bridge has a length of 61 meter and weighs 300 tons. It was
navigated trough the "Van Starkenborg" channel up to Zuidhorn. The
advantage of using air inflatable cushions is the limited transport
height of the bridge. As a result the cargo can pass below all
existing bridges, impossible with conventional pontoons.
In coöperation with "BSB Staalbouw" and "HEBO" the engineering
plan was developed. All parties involved together investigated the
location of the floats and the way it could be connected to the
bridge. Critical variables were floating power and stability. Part
of the investigation as well was a risk analysis on failure of one
of the floats.
Production and installation
Buitink Technology produces the floating cushions in their
production facities in Duiven (Holland). Air compressors to control
the air pressure in the cushions during transport are produced and
installed by Buitink Technology as well.
Mounting the floating bodie with ties to the bridge and
connecting the air compressor installation was performed on the
site of "BSB Staalbouw".
Buitink Technology was not only responsible for development,
engineering and production but also was present during the
operation. They were responsible for monitoring and control of the
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