Germany is a central hub for goods in Europe. Hence, it is vitally important that German canals, roads and railway tracks function well and are of high quality. Tunnels and bridges are key elements. Such projects are normally tendered internationally. For business reasons, the bidding companies must be able to use reliable and exactly definable construction machines or formwork and scaffolding systems.
In reinforced concrete construction, the expense and overhead for formwork is the major factor in the working sequence of formwork, steel fixing, concreting and striking. For construction companies, material and wage costs are the most important quantities. For formwork, the relationship of these costs is usually 15 % to 85 %. Due to the tremendous competition for major projects such as tunnel construction, construction companies do everything they can to reduce wage costs. As a result, these companies subcontract both formwork machinery and equipment and all of the related engineering services.
Wide Range of Applications, based on standardised Parts
Independent of the construction method, a large number of tunnel sections are available for varying geological conditions and the planned use. The cheapest way to build any kind of tunnel structure is to use a simple rectangle. Depending on the specific situation, sometimes it is advantageous to use round, elliptical or special sections.
Approximately 85 % of all heavy duty falsework can be created with only three core parts and a minimum of connecting and fixing elements. Thanks to its simple assembly principle, the construction kit system is very safe and quick – during both assembly and on-site use.
Variokit offers an additional system advantage: It can be combined with the work, protection and loadbearing scaffolding system called Peri Up. Both systems are based on the metric dimensioning system used in the building industry, with an assembly and adjustment grid of 12.5 cm, 25 cm or 50 cm. Thus, these systems are fully compatible with each other. Due to this flexibility in assembly, all types of loadbearing scaffolding can be erected.
In order to minimise on-site erection times and adhere to tight construction schedules, Peri can deliver preassembled units to the construction site as required. The kit is very affordable – especially for tight construction-site schedules – because many components can be rented and due to advantages of easy assembly.
Harbour Tunnel in Bremerhaven: Individual Solution with the Construction Kit System
Project Support from Peri Engineering – from Design to Completion
The harbour tunnel being built in Bremerhaven illustrates how flexible Peri’s civil engineering systems are. Tunnel and bridge formwork carriages are normally individual, project-specific solutions. The Variokit civil engineering kit can also be used to create affordable standardised system components. In this connection, the consistent support of the in-house engineering department is important. In Bremerhaven, a Peri project coordinator looked after detail questions and material deliveries as the interface between the site management and the responsible Peri engineers. In addition, an experienced master scaffolder from Peri provided assistance with the first assembly of the formwork carriage units.
In combination with a dense network of local offices, warehouses and specialist consultants, Peri Engineering supports construction companies with their projects thoroughly with extensive design services, in order to achieve the best possible use of the Variokit construction kit in construction operations.