August 2013

Esperance Port Access Corridor

Client: Esperance Port Access Corridor Product: Acrow Powershore

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Acrow. On time. On budget. As usual.

Acrow helps a major WA project stay ahead of schedule

It’s not often a significant infrastructure project runs ahead of schedule. With the help of Acrow’s first-rate design service, on-time supply and innovative Powershore, SlimLite Soldier and SuperCuplock products, the Esperance Port Access Corridor project is running a full month ahead of schedule.

The project

The $200 million Esperance Port Access Corridor project features a 170 metre road and rail tunnel, a pedestrian underpass and bridges including the Twilight Road Bridge. The largest Main Roads construction project undertaken in Esperance (located eight hours south of Perth), its goal is to improve access into the Port as well as deliver a safer, more efficient road network for the community.

Acrow’s involvement has been to design and supply all the Formwork and Falsework across the project.

Acrow products underpin project efficiency

The project’s Twilight Road Bridge features a 10.8 metre gap (to allow for two lanes of traffic) underneath a 1.8 metre voided slab. With its high leg loads (up to 212 kNs per leg), Powershore was the ideal Falsework for this part of the project – and it took just three days to erect.

“It’s the only system in its class of leg loading that you can manually handle,” explains Acrow Regional Sales Manager, Conan Godrich. “As a modular system it’s very quick and easy to erect and requires minimal crane use as most of it can be done by hand. Certainly none of our competitors systems could have achieved what Acrow’s did in just three days with Powershore.”

Meanwhile, 350 tonnes of Acrow’s SuperCuplock and 1300 Slim-MaxLite Soldiers have been used to construct Falsework across not only the Twilight Road Bridge (as Falsework and bridge wing formwork), but throughout the rest of the project. “SuperCuplock is ideal on a large-scale, diverse project like this because of its versatility and high load capacity.”

Accurate design, on time delivery

With its in-house design capabilities, Acrow worked with the client’s requirements and came up with a tailored solution to suit the Esperance Port Access Corridor project’s needs. “All products were delivered on time and in full. The accurate design drawings then enabled the contractor to erect everything very quickly and efficiently, hence the project is running ahead of schedule.”

The $200 million Esperance Port Access Corridor project features a 170 meter road and rail tunnel, a pedestrian underpass and bridges