Updated: December 25, 2015 11:04:46 pm
Who would have thought that watching bridge being constructed could be so much fun. This 65-second video clip, shows how a 300ft-long monster machine is being used to build bridges in China. It’s not like there’s no human involvement, but this very interesting contraption — called the Segmental Bridge Launching Machine, or SLJ900/32 — does most of the work on its own.
With a movement that’s reminiscent of an earthworm or snake, the yellow machine crawls across the existing part of the bridge, hooks on to a pillar, moves forward to the next pillar — with nothing in between — and simply places the pre-casted segments one after another. All this may sound a bit confusing or boring, but the video is anything but. (It also makes one wonder how fast all the metro and flyover work would get done in India, if only the SLJ900/32 was brought in.)
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The machine has reportedly been built by the Beijing Wowjoint Machinery Co. However, such machines are not a new phenomenon in China, reports Bridge Design & Engineering. Companies supply custom-designed machines depending on the need of the bridge that’s due to construct but over the years, more reusable machines have come to exist.
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