Lifting Point, working together with best-in-class Australian partners SMEC (engineering and certification) and ARC( reinforcing steel and fabrication), has developed the innovative InQuik bridging system, which offers numerous advantages over conventional precast concrete, steel or wooden bridge construction:
The first bridge built using this system was completed in June 2016 and officially opened by Federal Member for Hume, the Hon. Angus Taylor at a ribbon cutting ceremony. This bridge, built just outside of Goulburn in New South Wales, marks the successful trial of the InQuik system.
To find out more about the initial model, the Goulburn Lifting Point Bridge, download the Lifting Point Modular Bridge Brochure
The InQuik Bridging System utilises fabricated steel reinforcing cages to support a preformed steel tray, so that the bridge reinforcing / tray module assembly can first be placed on-site, then the concrete is poured and is supported by the panel until it has set. This is a fundamentally different method of bridge construction that provides a vast range of advantages compared to existing systems.
The bridge is standardised, pre-engineered and pre-certified, is able to be mass-produced off-site, can be transported globally within a shipping container, and stored in a depot for rapid deployment to maintain efficient construction timelines, and for emergencies. The product is designed to use locally available resources such as lightweight cranes and easily-available concrete (N40 strength).
It also has a multitude of structural and logistics advantages that make this a truly superior product. This solution is a major advancement in bridge construction.
The InQuik bridge deck has been engineered and certified by SMEC to meet the AS5100 standards, and is suitable for T44 and T62.5 B-double requirements for 12 meter spans, as well as the SM1600 requirements for a 10 meter span. An even greater load rating, and up to 18 meter spans are currently being developed.
The InQuik modular bridge innovation and the presentation event attracted significant media attention. Below are some highlighted news articles.
Bruce’s Innovative Bridge Build, Town and Country Magazine, July 2016
Building bridges in regional Australia, Construction Industry News, June 2016
Pre-Form Bridge, IPWEA (NSW) Roads and Transport Directorate, June 2016
Australia’s first modular bridge built near Goulburn, Engineers Australia, July 2016
Goulburn business driving jobs and growth through innovation, Angus Taylor (MP), June 2016