Intelligent Engineering (IE) was delighted to receive an award at the prestigious Ulrich Finsterwalder Engineering Awards 2015 for its Mettlach Bridge project on Friday 30 January.
The Mettlach suspension bridge, originally constructed in 1951 over the Saar, had a concrete deck which was badly damaged and the suspension cables had been weakened. Weight restrictions were in force and a solution that offered minimal disruption was required. The bridge is the main link to the town centre and vital to the town’s tourist industry.
SPS Bridge deck panels were used to repair and upgrade this 108 metre long bridge. No upgrade was required to the existing structure as the SPS deck weighing only 200 tonnes provided a 300 tonne saving compared to the original reinforced concrete deck at 500 tonnes. The bridge remained open throughout the installation process and the prefabricated panels dramatically reduced the repair programme. In addition, the restored structure benefits from reduced vibration and noise and a substantially extended service life.
IE’s CEO, David Glover, commented, “It is always very satisfying to receive acknowledgement of our work in this way. SPS is a remarkable technology and one that has changed the way that engineers and architects approach new challenges. Our work in civil and maritime engineering can be seen around the globe in stadia, flooring systems in buildings, bridge decks, ships and offshore structures.
We look forward to further bridge refurbishment and new build projects in Europe and to working again with our colleagues at Eiffel Deutschland Stahltechnologie GmbH.