Temporary Road Bridge Support, The Gulf of Carpentaria, North Queensland


Smithbridge Group Pty Ltd


FSA Consulting Engineers


Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads


Beames Brooke, The Gulf of Carpentaria, North Queensland

Products used

Platipus Earth Anchoring System – Temporary Stabilisation
  • The project was at Beames Brooke located 25km South West of Burketown in the Gulf of Carpentaria, North Queensland.
  • The project consisted of the stabilisation of the two new concrete bridge abutments prior to the replacement of a temporary road bridge.

Design Input and Site Constraints

  • Remote location with limited options for transportation of plant and materials.
  • Condensed construction timeframe for temporary works.
  • Design loading to include cyclonic weather conditions and extreme flooding events.

Design Solution

  • FSA Consulting Engineers and Cirtex Australia worked together in consultation with the contractor Smithbridge to develop the preferred design solution:-
  • A total of 16 no. Platipus B8 Anchors Systems were driven 5m to achieve Working Loads of 150kN.
  • Cirtex Australia supplied the Platipus B8 Anchor System, installation equipment and technical advice and support.
  • FSA Consulting Engineers provided design development to required codes and structural certification.

Outcomes of Design Solution

  • The outcomes of the implementation of the Platipus B8 Anchor System were:-
  • ‘Buildability’ & ease of installation in a remote location.
  • The Platipus Anchor Systems were reliable and relatively quick to drive, minimising construction time for temporary works on site.
  • Anchors provided a cost saving over traditional concrete and piling solutions.

Products used in this Project