With the operational excellence that characterizes us, Constructora Meco designed and built the innovative 152-meter long bridge connecting the Santa María and La Pinta islands on the Ocean Reef Islands project, located in Panama City.
The construction of this bridge required the placement of 9 pre-excavated piles. These 1.5-meter diameter piles were placed on the marine surface, as well as brackets built on micropiles, 18 45.10-meter modified AASHTO-Type 6 post-tensioned beams, decorative railings and pavement finish with cobblestones.
The project, lead by Project Manager Winnie Quirós, was over 6 million dollars, and was characterized for using the launching beam technology and highly-complex equipment that allowed to build a unique bridge in Panama, over the sea and without support fillings.
“This work already built allows our client to continue executing the necessary infrastructure for the second island of this prestigious residential complex, and at the same time, it encourages us as a company to be more competitive in the sector, as we have state-of-the-art equipment,” said engineer Christian Mojica.
For this project, there were approximately 10 administrative personnel, 60 field workers, 5 construction technicians, 5 specialists in specific works and a design team dedicated to making construction methods compatible with existing technology.
In addition to the launching beam, other equipment was used for the two major phases of the project: Marine and Land Operations:
- Marine Operations:
Jack Up Barge
Barges with spots or nails
- Land Operations:
Specialized conveyors. Goldhofer
The project was also a challenge for Meco, since different work teams were created, to organize and execute from different fronts during the 548 days it took to deliver the works.
- Port Logistics
- On-site marine operations
- Hoisting on floating equipment
- Design, assembly and use of launching beam
- Transportation of oversized cargo
- Hoisting on ground
For the execution of the project, different factors that were very sensitive to control were taken into account. These factors determined the quality, safety and possible working windows:
- Tide controls
- Wind controls
- Daily inspection of load equipment
- Weld and bolt inspection during the assembly of the launching beam
- Concrete controls, especially during the sinking of piles on the seabed.
Project work team:
Project Manager: Winnie Quirós.
Superintendent: Cristian Mojica.
Project Engineer: Yvanna Centanaro.
Programming and Control Engineer: Jhonatan Cerdas
Head of Work: Gerardo Martínez.
Project Administrative Assistant: Marlenys Mendoza.
Occupational Safety and Health: Alvis Alvarado.