Schwing Bioset’s team of highly skilled mechanical, structural, hydraulic and electrical engineers make us ideally suited to tackle unique and diverse engineering challenges. The case studies below illustrate some of the complex projects we have been able to execute across North America. Contact us if you have an engineering challenge that you need solved.
GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY
Few vehicles are more instantly recognizable than the Airships operated by Goodyear that fly over some of the largest sporting and social events in the United States. Since local airfields do not have hangers large enough to house these ships, they previously travelled with a large grounds crew and trailers of equipment to set up temporary mooring structures. A combination of aging infrastructure and rising costs of the grounds crew led Goodyear to look for options to moor the airships when not in use. Their search led them to Schwing Bioset who was able to provide a custom designed truck with subframe, outriggers and customized boom assemblies that allows the airships to be docked at airfields local to the events they are supporting.
FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
Florida Polytechnic University, whose mascot is The Phoenix from Greek folklore, was constructing a new building on campus. This is nothing unique for a University, however, this design included a central student commons area that called for overhead louvers that can open and close to accommodate various weather conditions and also resemble The Phoenix. Schwing Bioset was contacted by one of the companies that was part of the project who was familiar with our engineering capabilities and knowledge of hydraulically actuated booms from the construction industry. From that point Schwing Bioset was able to design and deliver the spreading wings to recreate the Phoenix rising from the structure. If you find yourself driving between Orlando and Tampa on Interstate 4 in Florida, pay attention to the south side of the freeway and at about the midway point you might see the Phoenix rising in Florida!
DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL DISASTER
Few ecological disasters have garnered as much attention around the world as the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the incident is considered to be the largest environmental disaster in American history. Oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico for five months before finally being capped and stopped. The cleanup efforts in the wake of the accident were enormous. Schwing Bioset was proud to be able to contribute to the clean up efforts with the development of a skimming technology that allows oil floating on the surface of the gulf to be directed into a sump and returned to tanks to be treated through a modified boom system. The skimmers were used by local contractors.
Fracking entails pumping special products into bore holes that expand and fracture the earth below allowing liquids to then flow through the cracks to be pumped out of the wells. Each site generally has multiple boreholes that this high-pressure pumping needs to cycle through. Changing pumping lines between the boreholes has historically been a manual process. Working from elevated platforms in areas with explosive categorizations means this process is slow and tedious. Schwing Bioset was contacted by an equipment supplier in the industry that had developed its own self-clamping assembly to eliminate the needs for workers to manually connect each borehole. However, they were in need of a vehicle to be able to deliver their system to the connection points. Schwing Bioset was able to custom engineer a trailer mounted subframe, outrigger, and boom system that includes an automated and auto-positioning control system such that workers no longer need to be at the wellhead.
HEBRON OIL PLATFORM
Schwing Bioset designed and provided a concrete pump with a separate power pack that was located miles from the project site. The 65,000 cubic yard batch plant pump operates continuously as part of the construction efforts of a large off-shore oil platform that was constructed off the coast of New Foundland, Canada.