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
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.