TrueTech Bridge stay-in-place forms are customized based on site conditions to be compliant and efficient, improving productivity on the job and in the office.
THE ClearCast Forms DIFFERENCE
ClearCast Forms are the result of years of research and development, yielding an innovative method of bridge deck construction that improves productivity and safety while complying with bridge owner inspection criteria.
- 8x productivity (compared to conventional removable form construction)
- Eliminate stripping forms
- Reduced exposure, less risk to labor
- Less disruption to travelers, safer for public
- Comply with inspection requirements
- Extend service life with proper assessment and maintenance
THE ClearCatch Panels DIFFERENCE
- Rely on proven performance of galvanized steel and plastic after years of exposure to weather. No rot or decay.
- Plastic is impact and chemical resistant, and will not yellow over time.
- ClearCatch Panels are lightweight with significant load carrying capacity.
- Re-use ClearCatch Panels below other aging bridge decks with similar girder spacing after deck is replaced or repaired.
- Steel and plastic can be recycled when panels are removed from service.
- Leave ClearCatch Panels in place as protective shielding during deck demolition.
- Transparency allows for inspection and maintenance staff to see the underside of the deck for routine inspection.
- Easily detect fallen concrete collecting on ClearCatch Panels from below the bridge.
- Eliminate risks related to deteriorated lumber supporting inspection and maintenance staff.
Flyover bridge deck construction often requires special equipment and considerable time and labor to strip deck forms due to the elevated height, limited access, and traffic below.
Grade separations can be challenging for stripping deck forms, especially for sites with high volumes of traffic where lane closures and detours disrupt users and expose laborers and travelers to the potential risks of construction activities.
Depending on site conditions, stripping forms over water can be difficult, especially where access to the bottom of the deck requires special equipment, boats, scaffolding, or environmental permitting.
For bridges spanning active railroads, access to the bottom of the deck may be problematic or cost prohibitive due to available clearance, permitting issues, time constraints, or flagging requirements.
Top down construction methods are often the only way to construct a deck over utilities, which inhibit stripping forms from below the deck.
Tub girder bridges require a significant forming and stripping operation, both between adjacent tubs and within the tub girder itself. The most difficult stripping is inside the tub girder, requiring removal of forms within a confined space and conveying the lumber to an access point where it can be removed and disposed.
Schedule Constraints and Labor Shortages
Any bridge construction project can benefit from ClearCast Forms to reduce labor hours and meet tight schedules.
WHAT OWNERS ARE SAYING...
When I heard about clear forms I couldn’t wait to try them. The stay-in-place metal forms work well but do not allow inspection to see present or future deck cracking or seepage. To be able to see the bottom of the deck as it ages is of invaluable assistance. No more inspection guessing or waiting for rust to form. I am hoping to be able to use these on all of my deck pours in the future
— Keith A. Lytton P.E., Indiana DOT
I am pleased with the performance of the panels and time it saves in forming the deck and the stripping of the deck. There could be a real benefit for the contractor in using these panels when stripping is either difficult or dangerous. I would recommend that these panels be approved for use on Iowa DOT projects at the contractor's option.
— Darwin Bishop, Iowa DOT
We design and supply innovative bridge solutions across the U.S. that are prefabricated custom to site conditions and infrastructure owner needs.