Wrong Way Down The Motorway
In February 2016, the P. Adams transportation company (Adams Group ) completed a total of twelve challenging heavy haulage journeys in just four days with the help of Goldhofer axle lines.0
The task was to move press components weighing a total of 700 tons from the Danube port of Straubing to the works of a Korean automotive supplier in Niederaichbach. With the client more than four weeks behind schedule with the cargo, the haulage company had to pull out all the stops to meet an extremely demanding delivery target involving twelve journeys in just four days.
Robert Müller, Project and Transport Manager at P. Adams, was responsible – among other things – for the route planning. In this case, the 60 kilometre route was a major challenge.
Out of a total of twelve journeys, three required special routing. The heaviest item, a 240 ton machine head, was moved off the barge in the port in Straubing and placed on 24 Goldhofer THP/ST axle lines.
With the cargo, the complete push-pull rig weighed in at 370 tons and was almost 60 meters long. Special measures were also required for the 160 ton press ram and the 150 ton slide (16 axle lines respectively 19 axle lines) .
At Straubing, the rigs were too heavy to pass over the autobahn bridge. The solution was to drive each of the heavy loads down the autobahn exit slip road and on to the wrong carriageway.
The three heavy-duty combinations were driven to a point where the central barrier could be opened to permit them to move onto the correct carriageway.
Special Bricks for Serpentine Pavilion 2016
For the Serpentine Galleries’ annual event in London’s Kensington Gardens, AKT II Limited provided structural engineering services for the design of the superstructure of BIG’s 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, envisioned as an ‘unzipped’ wall of glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP).
The superstructure, designed by architects, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is formed of two surfaces which begin as separate sinusoidal walls at ground level and rise to merge as a straight, horizontal line at an elevation of 14 m above ground.
The surfaces are formed from a series of 500 mm by 400 mm bricks. The length of each brick is such that it overlaps its neighbours sufficiently enough to create an enclosure, whilst also providing sufficient connection length between adjacent bricks for structural purposes.
The transition from two separate halves to a single surface at the apex was achieved by arranging the boxes in alternate chequerboard patterns on either side of the wall, allowing them to merge seamlessly.