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design of barge unloading facility

design of barge unloading facility
client
confidential client
location
Michigan

dock design facilitates unloading of bigger, heavier equipment

A confidential client turned to Barr when it needed to upgrade a dock structure on Lake Michigan that had been constructed in the early 1970s. The upgrade was needed to facilitate the unloading of heavy equipment and materials from barges.

For the project, the existing dock had to be removed and replaced with one designed to accommodate loads of several hundred tons. We designed the new barge landing to handle unloaded equipment 30 feet in diameter and weighing 307 tons, as well as a 74-ton transport vehicle.

The new landing facility included a new 30-foot-wide access road with a 70-foot turning radius at a maximum grade of 5 percent, which was below the maximum allowable grade of the transport equipment. The facility design also required replacement of the lakeside sheet-pile wall, installation of new deep-foundation piles, a new reinforced-concrete pile cap, and new barge unloading anchors and mooring piles.

The barge landing is now constructed and has been critical in transporting equipment to the client site.