oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Brakspruit Bridge Project - Highly Commended - Technical Excellence Category : SAICE 2012 Awards

Volume 20, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



A train derailment in September 2010 caused part of the original Brakspruit Bridge between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa to collapse. Through the application of sound engineering principles, teamwork and sheer determination a temporary structure was designed and built in just five weeks, returning the line to service. During the preliminary design stage for the replacement structure, the option of constructing a new bridge adjacent to the existing one was considered, but discounted due to the scarcity of fill material for the new approach embankments. An innovative new structural system was then designed using established technology that eliminated any further disruption to the train service. The permanent structure was completed safely, and in an environmentally sensitive manner within budget and programme despite challenging circumstances.

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