ACE Awards 2012
Last year, we were the proud recipients of the ACE Engineering Excellence Award for Buildings for our New Earth Sciences Laboratory project at Oxford University. This year, we have once again been honoured with two nominations, this time in the category of "Infrastructure" and in the category of "Research Studies & Consulting".
The recently completed Forth Bridge restoration project in Scotland has been nominated in the Infrastructure category and the Mumbai Area Traffic Control project has been nominated in the Research Studies & Consulting category.
In 1995 Pell Frischmann were commissioned by Network Rail (formerly Railtrack) with regard the structural integrity of the Forth Bridge. The Forth Bridge is a Category A Listed structure and an iconic bridge that draws many tourists. As such it was imperative that any required works identified should be the minimum possible with regard visual impact. We inspected structural members, using rope access rather than scaffold, to verify member dimension, section sizes and condition. This information was then used to model the structure and determine member forces. For this we suggested the use of actual train loading, rather that generic code loads, thus minimising the potential for the need to strengthen members. Network Rail, Pell Frischmann and Balfour Beatty worked closely as a team, along with various subcontractors to identify required repairs and maximise the permitted concurrent amount of temporary scaffold and encapsulation whilst maintaining the structural integrity of the bridge.
Mumbai Area Traffic Control
The ever increasing travel demand in the Indian city of Mumbai meant that it was necessary to manage the traffic demand by employing advanced Intelligent Transport techniques to minimise travel delays and alleviate congestion as a means of managing future growth. Pell Frischmann was appointed to research, design, procure and supervise the installation of an Area Traffic Control System, funded by the World Bank. Currently the largest Traffic Control System in India, its completion has delivered a range of benefits for local people; reducing accidents, improving travel times and reducing green house gas-emissions, by controlling 253 junctions in the city.