The Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, also known as the Second Penang Bridge, has been named as best entry in the Methodology category in the recent 2016 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) by the International Road Federation (IRF).
The 24km (15miles) second Penang bridge was opened on 1st March and is the longest in Southeast Asia. TARRC's engineers, along with colleagues at the MRB, worked tirelessly in the design and testing of the seismic rubber bearing technology to provide the maximum protection to the bridge from earthquakes. TARRC provided the supervision and technical aid in the manufacturing and testing of the high damping rubber bearings in the construction of the bridge. More than 2000 high damping natural rubber bearings were used in the construction and they were designed to withstand earthquake tremors up to 7.5 on the Richter scale.
The project was described by IRF as "leading the way in innovation across major road and highway disciplines" alongside 12 other projects globally honoured by the federation this week.
"By embodying our ideal of better roads for a better world, these 12 projects join an elite circle of international laureates," said IRF president and chief executive C. Patrick Sankey.
Sankey said in the past 16 years, the IRF award programmes have constituted an industry reference for innovators across the globe.
The selection of the winners for the 12 categories was conducted by an international panel of senior road development specialists.
The International Road Federation is a global not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC since 1948 and supported by regional offices throughout the world. The IRF serves a network of public and private sector members in more than 70 countries by providing world-class knowledge resources, advocacy services, and continuing education programs which together offer a global marketplace for best practices and industry solutions.
IRF chairman Abdullah Al-Mogbel said the accomplishments in the transport sector on the global front have been unnoticed by the hundreds of millions of people who benefit so greatly from the availability of safe, smart and interconnected road networks.
This achievement follows last year’s award in October 2015 from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), United Kingdom in London, conferred to structures that demonstrate excellence in civil engineering.
ICE is one of the world’s most respected professional associations, with a history of almost 200 years, and its highly prestigious Brunel Medal recognizes civil engineering excellence. This is the first time it has been awarded to a Southeast Asian project and it is the third project outside of the United Kingdom to be honored.
“The Second Penang Bridge is a vivid example of how civil engineering can overcome the merciless forces of nature and direct its resources to sustainable use,” the ICE said in a statement describing the award as engineering’s “Oscar”. Among others, it noted that the project overcame a number of design and construction challenges, and used many innovative methods such as durability planning, life-cycle costing and carbon footprint minimisation.
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