Sharing 20 years of experience from Denmark and Japan

I visited our Japanese bridge colleagues at the worlds #1 bridge this summer together with Sund & Baelt CEO Mikkel Hemmingsen in order to close a cooperation agreement between the major bridge owners Sund & Baelt from Denmark & HSBE from Japan.

I visited our Japanese bridge colleagues at the worlds #1 bridge this summer together with Sund & Baelt CEO Mikkel Hemmingsen in order to close a cooperation agreement between the major bridge owners Sund & Baelt from Denmark & HSBE from Japan.

The world’s longest and the third longest span suspension bridges, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge and the Storebaelt bridge, both celebrated their 20 years birthdays this summer.  The cooperation agreement ensures knowledge sharing about technology and data related to long span bridges with the aim of extending the lifetime of the assets to at least 200 years.

The agreement builds upon the good relationship that has already been established between the two companies with regard to the exchange of know-how into the operation and maintenance of large infrastructures.

Sund & Bælt is in the process of a technology leap that is set to bring about more efficient and intelligent operation and maintenance of, among others, the Storebælt Bridge. The aim is to digitise the operation of the facilities using drones, robots and sensors in order to deliver savings on operations without impacting quality and accessibility for the many customers that drive across Storebælt on a daily basis.

Sund & Belt’s digital venture is not just a matter of process optimisation. By making the Storebælt Bridge a focal point for the development and application of new technology, Sund & Bælt will be able to share experiences and know-how with both Danish and international partners, including the largest suspension bridge in the world.

The experience of using technology for maintenance is of relevance to the company behind the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and Sund & Bælt can learn from the Japanese approach to operating infrastructure facilities.

Our Japanese sister company is very strong in process and methods and is firmly focused on quality in their maintenance. We can draw on their methods when we come to determine the structure of the huge amounts of data we will obtain from our facilities so that we can predict when maintenance is required.

Both companies can gain from the experiences with bridge maintenance, bridge technology and process optimization.

During the visit in Japan we had the opportunity to visit the 289 meter high pylons and the 1991 meter main span bridge girders. The Japanese bridge has a very interesting visitor centre next to the bridge and bridge tourist visits to the bridge as well as to the pylon top.

We from Sund & Baelt are honored to cooperate and share knowledge with our very professional Japanese bridge colleagues from HSBE, (Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited).

We look forward to share the huge amounts of experience that has been collected in both companies and to change it into improved operations and maintenance.

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