Volvo ensures a smooth landing in Poland

A Volvo ABG8820B tracked asphalt paver re-paves the landing strip at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, Poland

A team of Volvo Construction Equipment pavers, wheel loaders and excavators have successfully re-paved the landing strip at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, Poland.

South West of Warsaw, 10km outside the city centre, is Poland’s busiest international airport: Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport. Approximately 100 scheduled flights land daily on its two intersecting runways.
 
When one airport landing strip and the crossing between the two landing strips needed to be repaved, Polish state-owned company Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe ‘Porty Lotnicze’ chose Budimex S.A, the largest road contractor operating on the Polish market, for a multi million Euro contract.

Budimex knew it needed premium machinery for such a prestigious job; so it chose Volvo Construction Equipment.

The right machines for the job
Budimex used two sorts of Volvo tracked asphalt pavers: the ABG8820B and ABG7820B – machines well-suited for medium and large scale projects with paving widths from 2.5m up to 13m. It also used a Volvo L110F wheel loader with 9.5m3 bucket capacity, and Volvo EC210C, EC240C and EC290C crawler excavators, ranging from 23-30 tonnes.

Work was spread over three weekends, with a tightly regulated time schedule, necessary because the airport runway had to be closed while paving was in progress. Logistics were pre-assigned by the airport authorities and could not be changed, regardless of weather conditions or paving problems, leaving Budimex little room for mistakes.

Precision paving
Budimex was required to pave one 950m runway (with a width of 60-70m) and 150m long, 23m wide, passage connecting two lanes at the airport. Multigrade asphalt cement mix was used for the rigid surface and around 100-150 trucks transported the asphalt to the site from four asphalt plants specially setup for the project. These were located close to the airport and worked simultaneously to provide enough asphalt mix for the site.

On the first weekend, the airport was closed for 50 hours. Larger planes were diverted away from the airport and smaller planes, which required only 1,300m runway space, were allowed to land. 

Volvo ABG8820B and ABG7820B tracked asphalt pavers worked for three weeks to re-pave the runway.

Budimex laid around 13,500 tonnes of multigrade asphalt cement mix, with mat thickness of 50- 450mm and mats above 100mm thickness were laid in several layers. Budimex achieved this task in just 24 hours.

On the second and third weekends the airport was only allowed to close for 30 hours, so Budimex laid 8,500 – 9,000 tonnes of asphalt at a constant mat thickness of 50mm.

Project Manager Ryszard Sikora from Budimex said: “We are really pleased with the Volvo machinery. We had no major breakdowns and the machines performed very well. The project ran smoothly and we are happy with the support we received from Volvo.”

Krzysztof Waszkiel, regional sales representative and Marcin Samborek, product specialist for Volvo Construction Equipment ensured all was satisfactory with the Volvo machinery. “We had a 24 hour service agreement with Budimex to ensure support was available throughout the project,” says Marcin. “The project was extremely well planned and all parties were very professional in getting the job done.”

Ends.

December, 2010

Text: Clare Gittins

Picture 1: A Volvo ABG8820B tracked asphalt paver re-paves the landing strip at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, Poland.
Picture 2: Volvo ABG8820B and ABG7820B tracked asphalt pavers worked for three weeks to re-pave the runway.

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