Incrementally launched bridges are often cost-effective
solutions for continuous bridge beams. The industrialised manufacturing
of bridge girders in a casting or assembly yard often leads to
considerable cost savings and a high quality in workmanship. Especially
in situations where scaffolding is difficult to implement this
method can be a competitive solution. The mild reinforcement of
incrementally launched concrete bridges is continuous, giving
these bridges a comparatively high level of ductility which is
advantageous in areas with stringent earthquake design regulations.
Incrementally launched steel or composite bridges can be assembled
very fast and provide all advantages of light-weight solutions.
ABES engineers are recognised for their experience
in the design and the construction engineering of incrementally launched
bridges. We have a proven record in the successful completion of launched
bridges and we understand the specific requirements of this particular
construction method. We are prepared to support contractors who would
like to consider incrementally launched design options and to help contractors
who have not applied this method previously. In addition we can also
provide design services for the casting yard and the launching nose,
and we can also advise on all aspects regarding launching equipment.