If you're at all familiar with Lindapter, you're well aware of its benefits compared to the conventional methods of connecting steel. But just in case you're not familiar with Lindapter, here's a quick review of its benefits when it comes to connecting steel and structural beams:
- There's no welding or drilling involved.
- It's easy to install and adjustable on-site.
- It's fast and more affordable compared to conventional methods.
- Labor costs are greatly reduced with Lindapter.
- There's no weakening or damage to the steel, thereby maintaining the material's structural integrity.
Case Study: The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Based on these benefits, Lindapter has been applied to a variety of construction projects since its founding in 1943. One of these more recent projects was the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which is a 1,352-foot bridge that stands nearly 250 feet high and spans the Avon River in North Somerset, England. The suspension bridge has been in operation since 1864 and carries the likes of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, and it's only fitting that it needs regular structural updates every now and again to continue to operate safely.
That's where Lindapter comes in - or shall we say, has come in. Lindapter Type B clamps have secured the bridge's timber deck to its lattice girders for over 40 years now. Even when the coach bolts need replacing from suffering the effects of corrosion over the years, the Lindapter clamps used on the bridge have remained working - and in pristine condition, to boot.
Lindapter was especially important in ensuring the bridge's integrity in that its clamping systems aren't only reliable and long-lasting, but it eliminated the need to drill through the lattice girders, which not only would have been difficult based on where they're located below the bridge deck of the bridge, but which also could have damaged the bridge's protected structure in the process.
Benefits for Infrastructure
So just what does the Clifton Suspension Bridge in England have to do with Lindapter's effect on the state of California? Well, not only can Lindapter apply to a variety of other civil and structural engineering settings, but the Clifton Suspension Bridge is also a prime example that this steel-connecting tool can effectively be used to ensure the structural integrity of suspension bridges anywhere in the world. And certainly with the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the plethora of other bridges in the state, whether it's in the Bay Area or not, there's certainly a bevy of potential applications for its use.
As is evidenced by Lindapter's success in the maintenance of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the steel connection tool doesn't just make maintenance and structural engineering a breeze, but it eliminates welding and drilling, doesn't jeopardize the integrity of the material and is affordable as well.
Yes, Lindapter is a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of applications, from structural engineering to civil engineering to rail to oil and gas to architectural - and so much more.
Contact Glaser & Associates today to learn more.