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Formwork solutions for the first axial suspension cable stayed bridge in India; and a four-lane road bridge in Germany’s Harz Mountains, are among the latest bridge-based formwork projects analysed by Guy Woodford
RMD Kwikform India has won the contract to design and supply shoring and formwork solutions for the first axial suspension cable stayed bridge ever built in India.
The Kota Bridge’s innovative design sees a single 350m span cross the entire width of the Chambal River, with three approach spans on either side. It is these approach spans that will feature RMD Kwikform shoring solutions.
RMD Kwikform’s ultra-heavy duty Megashor shoring has been chosen as the support system for the 32m high, 32m wide and 60m long main deck of the approach spans. Having to deal with local wind conditions, Megashor is also said to have the ability to cope with the dead weight of the deck itself.
A combination of Superslim, GTX Beams and specially designed crank soldiers are to be employed on the cantilever wing form, while the pier cap will be constructed using a Rapidshor system.
The bridge will be finished by the end of 2014, with RMD Kwikform completing its involvement in August 2013, just 13 months after starting work on the project.
Arul Raja, Vice President at RMD Kwikform India, said: “In supplying formwork and shoring solution to the Kota Bridge we have worked in partnership with construction firms Gammon India and Hyundai Engineering to deliver a bespoke solution in line with the project’s environmental considerations.
“RMD Kwikform’s involvement in a project of this significance further demonstrates its ongoing commitment to supporting large scale projects in India.”
Doka composite forming carriage is said to be meeting tough requirements for a four-lane road bridge on the B 243 Barbis Bypass over the River Oder in Germany’s Harz Mountains.