Crane service providers Mammoet and Aertssen Machinery Services (AMS) have teamed up to install a landmark bridge in Dubai.
The Infinity Bridge (formerly Al Shindagha bridge) is distinguished by its unique architectural design inspired by the concept of infinity. Forty steel segments, ranging in weight up to 130t, needed to be installed over the Dubai creek and above the bridge deck. The cranes operated from the creek’s banks, since the bridge deck could not support a suitably sized crane.
Aertssen worked from the northern side of the creek with its CC 3800, whilst Mammoet positioned itself the southern bank with its CC 8800-1. The bridge was built by BESIX Construct LLC - a Middle Eastern subsidiary of a Belgian company BESIX. The entire operation was completed over a period of six months, with the last piece of the infinity arch installed in May 2021.
Somnath Bhattacharjee, crane operations manager for Mammoet’s UAE Branch said: “Working in partnership with Aertssen, we provided equipment with sufficient capacity and reach, along with specialist engineering to support the operation of the CC 8800-1. Each lift required an extraordinary level of precision as the tolerances for joining the segments were a matter of millimetres.”
The AED 394 million (US $105m) Infinity Bridge project is part of Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority’s Shindagha Corridor Improvement project, which covers a 13km-long road network. The bridge can accommodate 24,000 vehicles per hour in both directions and features a combined three-metre-wide track for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Infinity Bridge opened to traffic last week.