The normal clutter of braced shoring is absent on a U.K. job to replace viaduct bearings near London because the shoring firm has created a cheaper and simpler megaprop system by bolting together standard stock. “We’ve never made these composite props before,” says Ian Fryer, engineering director for supplier RMD Kwikform Ltd., Walsall. “We hadn’t thought of it.” Photo: RMD Kwikform Ltd. A propping system to support a bridge under reconstruction can handle varying heights and pier configurations. Related Links: Agile Robots Can Climb High Places Replacing the 108 bearings is part of a $9.2-million project to refurbish Country Way
Arch dams, classically curved monoliths situated in narrow valleys, are not as common as other types of dams, such as embankment dams and gravity dams. ENR takes a look at some of the biggest arch dams in the world, both completed and under construction.