The paper describes the Beeche System maintenance structure for operations on the Kessock Bridge. This system is a modular aluminium spaceframe forming a lightweight strong platform with the running rails fixed to the platform not the bridge. The area provided to the painting contractor by this system was more than twice that offered by the other tenderers and yet it can be moved its own length in under two hours. The platform could be disassembled and reconfigured to suit other bridges which was a major factor in the decision to accept this tender. All parties involved in the contract were consulted and they all agreed that the platform performed satisfactorily. The Health & Safety Executive, recognising the inherent safety of the platform, withdrew the requirement for a safety boat. There were some problems as can be expected in a trial, but all these factors have been taken into account for the next phase of the painting contract. In the future the Scottish Office Industry Department (SOID) intends to use the platform in a planned maintenance programme to provide access to twelve other major steel bridges which will provide a saving in access costs around 1 million pounds. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 877985.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 35-43

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  • Accession Number: 00723101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-287-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM