Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013

129 X Nemetschek Structural User Contest 2013 - Category 2: Civil Structures Category 2: Civil Structures 2 Short description │Bowstring Bridge For the container traffic in the Port of Zeebrugge there was a big need for an extra set of tracks. The new set of tracks would disconnect the village of Zwankendamme from the N 31 road. To maintain the connection there was the need to build the bridge. We chose a bowstring bridge because there is a span of 88 m and for this range a bowstring is the most economical solution. As there will be a set of railway tracks under the bridge, it is not possible to build intermediate pillars. They would restrict the options of the track layout. Infrabel Contact Alex Lefevre Address Frankrijkstraat 85 1060 Brussel, Belgium Phone +32 2 525.23.59 Email [email protected] Website Infrabel is responsible for the Belgian railway network. Every day, 12,364 employees ensure optimum performance of our equipment: railways, catenaries, switches, signals, crossings, etc. Mobility and accessibility in Belgium are our primary tasks, which is why we keep expanding our railway infrastructure. Our mission: to develop a safe and high-quality railway network for all the trains of the future. In our role as infrastructure manager and operator of the Belgian railway network we distribute the available capacity on the railway lines and coordinate all the trains running on Belgian territory. In our endeavour to create optimum opportunities for train traffic we are expanding the railway network so as to make it a strong link within a sustainable transport system. The central location of our railway network within Europe offers plenty of opportunities for the socio-economic development of our country. Infrabel makes good use of these opportunities and through numerous projects continues to turn the Belgian railways into an indispensible means of transportation. Project information Owner Infrabel Architect Infrabel I-I.53 General Contractor West Construct: Besix, Aelterman Engineering Office Infrabel I-I.53 Location Zwankendamme, Belgium Construction Period 10/2012 to 02/2014