The Archipelago footbridge, which connects the north and south of Perpignan, was inaugurated in 2015 and now offers a pleasant stroll for pedestrians, cyclists and pushchairs around the heart of Perpignan.
As part of the management of its engineering structures, the city of Perpignan commissioned Sixense to carry out a detailed periodic inspection of the Archipelago footbridge crossing the Têt river.
This footbridge – a non-current structure – is composed of a steel frame with a cable stayed structure in half-harp shape, with a mast measuring over 24m high.
Located in a constrained environment where access to the bridge must remain open, Sixense implemented different means of access depending on the nature of the roads crossed and the elements inspected, including:
- Main road crossing: aerial work platform
- River crossing: drone from the banks
- Riverbank crossing: self-propelled boom lift
- Pylons & shrouds:
• For most of the elements (RG shrouds, pylon, part of the central shrouds): 43m self-propelled aerial platform
• For the rest of the elements: drone from the banks
- Extrados: on foot
Vincent CHAPOULIE, Design Engineer and Head of this mission explains:
“I was able to see that the Archipelago footbridge is more than just a pedestrian bridge, it has become an essential and very popular passage for the people of Perpignan.
For this exceptional structure, we therefore used an inspection drone, which is a modern method, particularly well suited to the structure and its environment. A high-rise aerial lift was also used to inspect the mast, so no one prone to vertigo!
In the end, it was a specific inspection on an atypical structure requiring preparation, expertise in cable-stayed structures, experience and a mild sky to fly in good conditions. “