Guideway Beams—Formwork and Fabrication

by Andrew J. Kirkness, ABAM Engineers Ltd, Vancouver, BC, Can,
David J. Vander Wal, ABAM Engineers Ltd, Vancouver, BC, Can,
James J. Guarre, ABAM Engineers Ltd, Vancouver, BC, Can,
Allen R. Mettler, ABAM Engineers Ltd, Vancouver, BC, Can,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers: Engineering and Management in Major Activity Centers


A manufacturing concept was developed around an adjustable form capable of mass producing prestressed concrete beams to the unique geometric configuration of each section of track. The form also allows the direct installation of track fastener, linear induction motor rail, and power rail inserts to the close tolerances necessary for efficient operation. To support the adjustable formwork concept, a computer formsetting program was developed and the system contractor, Urban Transit Development Corporation (UTDC), provided form designs and formsetting data to each project's precasting contractors.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Automated transit systems | Guideways | Fabrication | Rapid transit systems | Mass concrete | Railroad tracks | Contractors and subcontractors | Detroit | Michigan | United States | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

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