Obed Bosch, regional sales manager for Layher, credits the new FlexBeam for making the faster and safer design possible. “Boiler redesign with the FlexBeam as a foundational beam carries the load of the scaffold from the bottom all the way to the very top,” said Bosch. Layher introduced the product in 2019 with Trekker as an early adopter.
The final structure was composed of 16 working levels, followed by a solid deck and five additional levels above that for a footprint of 45 feet by 52 feet. Trekker completed the build with 22 workers (as opposed to 35 needed for a more traditional approach). With two workers able to handle the FlexBeams, Turner attributes a significant time-savings to this material change alone.
“That was a tremendous timesaver because one, we eliminated two truckloads of material that we didn’t have to pass in and put together,” said Turner. “And two, the FlexBeams being as small and versatile as they are, we were able to get them in place with very little labor.”
“Time is the most important aspect,” said Bosch. “Any time shaved is a money maker (for the client).”
As a result, OUC’s outage was reduced from 18 to 7.5 (12-hour) shifts, resulting in significant savings with no safety incidents.
“The design made the scaffold feel safer. There was less that we had to check and make sure everything was together,” noted Turner. “They said the scaffold was just the best. It was the cleanest and the deck at the top was the smoothest they’ve ever had.”