“Layout of a superstructure is challenging enough, but add to that a floating pontoon on tidal waters, influences from wind and waves, and the staged construction loading of the structures, and things quickly become more complicated,” said Norm Brones, senior party chief for Parametrix. A “blended team” approach that encouraged problem solving at the lowest possible level in addition to the use of advanced technologies and innovative processes allowed the project to be completed approximately one week ahead of schedule.
“The idea of ‘innovation’ is often associated primarily with technology, but the people element is equally important,” said Christine L. Grahl, editor of POB. “This project is noteworthy because of the way in which everyone involved worked together to resolve conflicts and overcome the numerous challenges that were encountered. From establishing precise dimensional control over moving points for the assembly of the bridge components to figuring out how to scan a floating pontoon, the survey crew and the entire project team truly synthesized their efforts to achieve a successful outcome.”
The winning project is featured in POB's October print and digital issues and at POB Online here.