With the aging of port infrastructure around the world, it is crucial to understand the current condition of these structures and adopt cost-effective strategies to repair and maintain these assets.
Over the past decade, considerable work has been conducted on the mechanisms responsible for the deterioration of structures exposed to harsh environments and how to report condition and performance.
Recently, a new generation of deterioration models and risk-based management approaches, combined with state-of-the-art GIS technology have seen the day and are used on projects to assist port owners and engineers in optimizing the use of available funds in keeping their ports as safe and competitive as possible.
SIMCO has extensive experience and an important engineering know-how when it comes to port infrastructure. From container terminals, to cargo and multi-use berths, dry docks, quays/wharves, harbors and piers, bridges, roads, tunnels and buildings, SIMCO can assist owners, managers and operators in analyzing, designing, and in optimizing the service life of their infrastructure.
For new construction projects, SIMCO can assist in the development of standards for performance-based designs; quantify and compare the service life of design alternatives; validate future exposure conditions and degradation mechanisms in order to specify concrete mixtures for optimum durability. SIMCO can also validate mixture designs and implement quality control protocols and procedures during construction.
For existing structures, SIMCO can provide a comprehensive assessment of the current condition of a structure, perform service-life and lifecycle cost analyses for a range of repair alternatives; and quantify the effectiveness of corrective and preventive intervention strategies.
SIMCO’s experts have worked with numerous major international organizations to constantly enhance best practices of the industry. Our long-term collaboration with the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC) of the U.S. Navy, our implication in the construction of the new Panama Canal (Third set of locks project) and our partnership with Port of Rotterdam for the development of a world-class infrastructure asset management system, speaks to our ability to provide the best engineering solutions to our different clients around the world.
SIMCO has also developed a completely customizeable Waterfront Structure Management System (WSMS) for the ports and maritime sector. The WSMS was developed to provide Port owners and managers with a means to optimize the preservation of their inventory of marine structures and to help them reliably predict the future performance of concrete and steel elements exposed to a wide range of aggressive environments.
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Assist in the design of a series of durable concrete mixtures to meet the 100-year service-life specification set forth by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)
PortMaps allows owners/managers to view all port spatial objects & related object information provided from expert systems to perform geographical analyses
Assess the current condition of the concrete docks for the effective planning of corrective and preventive interventions
Risk Analysis & Repair Scenarios for the Rehabilitation of St. Lambert, Beauharnois & St. Catherine Locks Affected by Alcali Aggregate Reaction (AAR)
SIMCO was hired by the U.S. Navy to conduct a condition assessment and service-life evaluation of dry docks built over 60 years ago at Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii
Concrete characterization, service-life evaluation & recommendations for the cost-effective repair of 6 concrete wharves located at the U.S. Naval Base in Kings Bay, Georgia
A Proactive and Predictive Approach in Asset Management - Development of a world-class asset management system for the effective maintenance and repair of marine structures - Port of Rotterdam Experience
Yearly Inspections, condition assessments, Service-Life Evaluations, as well as Maintenance and repair strategies of Port of Rotterdam's quay walls
Durability modeling of concrete elements (e.g. caissons, piles, deck) using SIMCO's STADIUM® methodology