DSM, Heijmans and Fibercore honored at InfraTech 2013 for A27 composite bridge

Now handling heavy traffic on one of the busiest roads in The Netherlands, the 140m/460-ft structure's unique construction permitted installation in 48 hours.

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On Jan. 25, the European construction and Infrastructure industry tradeshow Infratech 2013 (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) recognized bridge manufacturer FiberCore Europe (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), civil engineering firm Heijmans (Rosmalen, The Netherlands) and DSM Composite Resins (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) for their composite bridge, installed recently on the A27 highway, with an innovation award. The companies installed the 140m/460-ft long, lightweight bridge in 2012. It was designed for heavy traffic over one of the busiest roads in The Netherlands.

By giving the project partners Infratech's Halftime award, the competition jury praised the partners' innovative approach to bridge design and construction that enabled a high bridge installation speed with a turnaround of less than 48 hours. Interference with ongoing traffic was minimal during installation, which was eased by the low bridge weight, and traffic was able to run most of the time during the two-day period.

“Bridges made from composite materials have, inherently, a lower weight than their counterparts in steel and concrete,” says Robert Puyenbroek, chief technical officer of DSM Composite Resins. “Moreover, these materials require little maintenance and, therefore, can help to minimize bridge operating cost. This is good news for both bridge operators [and] the environment."

“DSM has been at the forefront of introducing composites technology in new markets and applications,” adds Fons Harbers, the European commercial director for DSM Composite Resins. “I am happy to see that DSM and its partners receive the recognition by the industry experts.”

An article on the bridge's installation, dated Nov. 15, 2012, can be accessed by clicking the article title under "Editor's Picks," at top right.

A video of the A27 composite bridge can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=62Cxvsm9vc4.

For more information about DSM, please visit www.dsm.com.