March 26, 2019
World’s largest metal buried bridge span: 32.39 m
The Shamal Bridge near Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently earned a Guinness World Record for having the world’s largest metal buried bridge with a span of 32.39 m. The AIL Group is very proud of this achievement for both our Ultra-Cor Structural Steel Plate and our European Licensee, ViaCon Group.
The Shamal grade separation is part of the UAE’s mega RAK Ring Road project that is establishing a more robust transportation corridor between the northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) and the rest of the Emirates.
Product developed by AIL’s New Brunswick R&D Team
AIL Group CEO, Mike Wilson, attended the official opening and Guinness award ceremony hosted by the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development on March 6, 2019. “I feel this is quite an accomplishment for a product that was developed by our R&D Team in Dorchester and Sackville, New Brunswick,” comments Wilson. “As more and more Ultra-Cor projects are installed overseas, I see a great potential for the product here in North America.”
“Much better than concrete bridges in terms of economic advantages.”
His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, addressed the gathered dignitaries and guests. “The Shamal arch steel bridge is much better than concrete bridges in terms of economic advantages,” H.E. Abdullah Al Nuaimi remarked. “It has been completed in half the time needed for regular concrete bridges, it can take heavy weights and it has a lifetime of over 100 years.”
The grade separation serves as an interchange to carry road traffic over the new highway. The two larger arches can accommodate up to six lanes of traffic, while the third arch is designed for up to three future rail lines.
AIL’s Engineering Team collaborated with ViaCon on several aspects of this project
During the design process, AIL’s Engineering Team collaborated with ViaCon on the technical aspects. These included: construction sequence, shape optimization, soil-structure interaction modelling, geotechnical considerations and structural design. The structure was also instrumented to gain an in-depth understanding of stresses during construction and under operation conditions. The instrumentation results will be utilized by AIL and ViaCon R&D Teams to push the boundaries for future Ultra-Cor spans.
The Ultra-Cor structure was designed and manufactured by ViaCon at their Poland location. The epoxy-coated plates were then shipped to the UAE site in containers. The project itself was led by ViaCon’s Turkish team with support from ViaCon UAE. As you can tell by this time-lapse video, much of the construction was able to take place with limited traffic interruption.
AIL’s Ultra-Cor: the strongest, deep-corrugated structural plate available
One of AIL’s latest innovations, Ultra-Cor Structural Steel Plate is taking engineered structural plate to new dimensions in capability and performance. With an impressive 500 mm pitch and 237 mm depth, its ultra-deep corrugations allow it to reach greater spans and withstand the highest cover depths and the heaviest of loads.
Available in a variety of Arch geometries as well as Box Culverts, Ultra-Cor is appealing to DOTs as an economical alternative to short-to-medium span bridges, tunnels, underpasses and river crossings. Mining companies specify it for larger haul road crossings, stockpile tunnels, portals and canopies. Ultra-Cor is manufactured in accordance with CHBDC, AASHTO, ASTM and AREMA design requirements.
Ultra-Cor is also breaking new ground in Canadian infrastructure
Ultra-Cor has also been breaking new ground in Canadian infrastructure projects. Cases in point: a grade separation on the Trans Canada Highway near Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador; and a heavy haul road stream crossing in a Quebec mine site.
Learn more about the amazing capabilities of Ultra-Cor
As the world’s deepest corrugation profile, Ultra–Cor combines all the advantages of lightweight construction with previously unheard-of strength and durability to create the largest corrugated metal structures in the world today. Learn more about how you can put the Ultra-Cor advantages to work for a better bottom line on your next infrastructure project. More about Ultra-Cor >>
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We’d like to thank ViaCon for both their continued partnership with the AIL Group and their great work on the Shamal Bridge project.