Shell needed a pipe bridge to carry a utility pipeline over a river and they needed it for an urgent shutdown. The timeline for which Shell needed the bridge was incredibly short. Bridge Brothers was able to deliver a galvanized pipe bridge with fabricated pipe saddles in four weeks. Because Shell had such a short timeframe, this bridge was designed to be easy to manufacture and install.
This pipe rack needed to be able to withstand constant heavy loads. Because it was going to be installed over water, the pipe rack also needed to withstand possible flooding and subsequent water pressure. Because of the project location near Chicago, the engineering calculations for this pipe rack also had to incorporate ice loads on utility lines and the truss itself. This Shell pipe rack was also designed and engineered for future expansion for utility lines to be added on top and below the truss.
Bridge Brothers shipped the bridge on one truck and Shell was able to receive the delivery,
mechanically bolt up the splice connection, and install the bridge in less than four hours.