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September 21, 2018

Are you aware of the submerged arc welding process?

Are you aware of the submerged arc welding process?

The submerged arc welding process (SAW) is used to fuse metal pieces by producing an electric arc between an electrode wire with continuous wire feed and a base metal. The electric arc is produced beneath a layer of granular flux which is laid down on the joint to be welded.  The flux protects the fusion bath against the oxidizing ambient atmosphere.  It also eliminates the welding…

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May 15, 2018

New Champlain Bridge: A Challenge for Fabrication and Quality Control Teams

New Champlain Bridge: A Challenge for Fabrication and Quality Control Teams

Canam-Bridges is proud to present the third video clip from its webseries entitled “Connecting the Shorelines” which will focus on the fabrication of the components of the new Champlain Bridge. In this third episode, you will see the fabrication management through the eyes of the production team. The urgency of the project, the tight schedule, the Lean approach and the flawless quality control are…

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December 19, 2017

Lean Culture: Better Productivity and Quality

Lean Culture: Better Productivity and Quality

For over three years now, Canam-Bridges has been using the Lean method, based on Toyota’s production system, as a manufacturing strategy. The Lean approach is based on the elimination of waste within production processes. It results in lower stocks and production time as well as better quality, less damage and obsolescence, and greater flexibility thanks to processes being better…

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November 1, 2017

New Champlain Bridge: 601 Box Girders Fabricated with the Lean Method

New Champlain Bridge: 601 Box Girders Fabricated with the Lean Method

Canam-Bridges is proud to present the second video clip from its webseries entitled “Connecting the Shorelines” which will focus on the fabrication of the components of the new Champlain Bridge. Our experience in this project has enabled us to significantly improve efficiency, increase speed, and eliminate waste. In this second episode, you will learn how we embraced the Lean culture as well as…

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July 4, 2017

Discover the Engineering and Design Challenges for the Fabrication of the New Champlain Bridge Components

Discover the Engineering and Design Challenges for the Fabrication of the New Champlain Bridge Components

Canam-Bridges is proud to present the first video clip from a webseries entitled “Connecting the Shorelines” which will focus on the fabrication of the components of the new Champlain Bridge. The first episode presents the advantages and challenges of design-build construction in addition to the management of four teams totaling 50 drafters, in four locations. The webseries will include a total of four video clips…

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May 24, 2017

Case Study: Temporary Bridge for the Lower Churchill (Muskrat Falls) Project

Case Study: Temporary Bridge for the Lower Churchill (Muskrat Falls) Project

The Muskrat Falls Project is a large-scale hydroelectric dam initiative undertaken by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. A critical step in the process was the construction of a 377-feet (115-metre) long, 750-ton temporary bridge in the city of Goose Bay. The bridge, which is 52 feet (15.85 metres) wide and 30 feet (9.14 metres) high, is mainly used by vehicles known as off-highway trucks…

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January 25, 2017

How can steel solve our transportation problems?

How can steel solve our transportation problems?

It’s a brand-new year, so naturally, everyone’s aflutter with visions of svelte waistlines, getting organized, spending more time with friends and family, and spending less/saving more. I’m not a resolution guy, but over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a great deal of time deciding what to change for this upcoming year, and figuring out how I’m actually going to do it (don’t fail me…

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November 8, 2016

Lead-Rubber Bearing Prototype Testing

Lead-Rubber Bearing Prototype Testing

Canam-Bridges just supplied seismic isolators for two overpasses located at the Félix Leclerc (Highway 40) and Laurentian (Highway 73) interchange in Quebec City, Quebec. As part of this project, two overpass ramps underwent repairs while two bridges were demolished and rebuilt. The structures were designed by a consortium composed of BPR and EXP, and the project was carried out by EBC Construction on behalf…

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August 23, 2016

Case Study: Île-des-Sœurs Bypass Bridge

Case Study: Île-des-Sœurs Bypass Bridge

Special collaboration: WSP Canada Inc. This temporary bypass bridge was fabricated by Canam-Bridges as part of the project to replace the Île-des-Sœurs bridge, which serves as the gateway to the new Champlain Bridge. This bypass bridge is a 541 foot (165 meters) long causeway. The structure was built to limit the impact on traffic during the reconstruction of the permanent Île-des-Sœurs bridge, which will…

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June 23, 2016

Case Study: Hastings Swing Bridge

Case Study: Hastings Swing Bridge

The Hastings movable bridge, located in the Village of Hastings, Ontario, Canada, needed major repairs. The structure is a 2,200 square foot (204 square meter) swing bridge. In 2016, Canam-Bridges replaced its 83.8 foot (25.6 meters) long by 26.7 foot (8.2 meters) wide superstructure. Hastings Swing Bridge under construction Challenges The weight of the new bridge superstructure and deck had to be low enough for the existing mechanical…

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March 30, 2016

Summary of Our Questions and Answers on Metallizing

Summary of Our Questions and Answers on Metallizing

Following the publication of our questions and answers on the metallizing process, we have gathered all the content in one single document available in PDF format for your reference. Download the summary Feel free to submit your questions, we will be happy to answer them! Discover our new webseries! Watch our first videoclip and learn more about the fabrication of steel box girders for the new Champlain…

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March 17, 2016

Does a Metallized Coating Perform Well in High Strength Bolted Connections?

Does a Metallized Coating Perform Well in High Strength Bolted Connections?

Recent research have shown that unsealed metallized faying surfaces used in high strength bolted connections provide higher slip resistance than specified values for uncoated blast-cleaned Class B surfaces in North American design standards (Chiza and al. 2013; Ampleman and al. 2015; FHWA 2014). These studies followed the recommended procedure in the Research Council on Structural Connections Specification for Structural Joints Using…

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