Moveable bridge, lift bridge, tilting bridge

Automation of moveable bridges

Our bridge automation experts handle the electromechanical design and construction of new moveable bridges, renew the automation system while your existing bridges remain in operation, or connect several bridges to a central command and control system.

We operate in Belgium and the Netherlands where we carry out projects for the Flemish Highways Agency (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer), the Walloon Ministry of Equipment and Transportation (Ministère Wallon de l'Equipement et des Transports, MET) and the Dutch Ministry of Waterways and Public Works (Rijkswaterstaat).

Turnkey projects with moveable bridges

As project manager, we assume responsibility for all electromechanical works during the construction of new movable structures:
  • mechanical and hydraulic systems
  • electrical systems (lighting, driving power and automation
Working with our partners who specialise in civil (concrete) and steel structural engineering, we often assume overall project management responsibility for the construction of new movable bridges.

Renewal of automation systems

Thanks to our long-standing experience, we are often able to renew the entire bridge automation system while your bridge remains in operation. The waterway, railway or highway suffers minimal disruption during the works.

We modernise all types of movable bridges and have developed special techniques to allow railway swing bridges with end-locking devices to work up to 60% faster after carrying out conversion works.

Bridges with architectural features

More and more bridges are being given additional architectural features, which makes them harder to build and automate.

In these situations you need a partner such as Agidens who is able to do more than just copy existing designs. For projects like these, we use new technologies and drive principles to allow the bridges to operate just as reliably as the more traditional types.

Central command and control

To cover more and more bridges with your central command and control units, we can supply all parts of the bridge automation system:
  • mechanics and hydraulics
  • barriers, traffic signals and sign boards
  • shipping signals
  • surveillance cameras
  • intercom and loudspeaker systems
  • fibre optic apparatus for remote control, with redundant PLC and SCADA systems
  • intruder and access control
  • fire detection and extinguishing systems
  • emergency stop systems (EN ISO 13 849-1)
  • pumps

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