Roman Starovoit, President of Rosavtodor: “Russky Bridge – is Really a High-Tech Project”

A comprehensive system for precision monitoring of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait has become one of the main topics of a scientific and practical conference held in Vladivostok on Russky Island as part of the XIV International Forum “Russian Roads in the 21st Century.”

The conference was attended to by Roman Starovoit, President of the Federal Road Agency, Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Transportation Minister, Sergei Ten, Deputy Chairman of the Duma Transportation Committee, Igor Pushkarev, Mayor of Vladivostok, Aleksandr Sharabarin, Head of the Federal Highway Administration “Dalny Vostok”, Aleksey Shirshov, Director of the Department of Roads of Primorie, Aleksei Surovtsev, Deputy Director General of the Institute “Stroyproekt,” Gennady Shkuropat, Head of a Special Division of JSC USK MOST in Vladivostok, and many others. The forum, which was held in Vladivostok, on Russky Island, was dedicated to the currently important problems of the high priority lines of work and further development of the road sector in Russia.

“Innovative technologies have been recently introduced on the Far-Eastern roads. It is not by accident that Vladivostok was chosen to host the conference because a huge job was done here as part of preparation for the APEC Summit 2012. The bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait has become the largest in the world in terms of the central span length, pylon height, and stay cable length. It should be emphasized that it was built in a record-breaking time based on the bridge-building practice, and the bridge incorporates the most advanced technologies and daring design concepts,” Roman Starovoit, President of Rosavtodor, said in his presentation. “Building the Russky Bridge, the tunnel systems and interchanges in Sochi and other unique installations allowed us to upgrade significantly the technologies that are used in bridge building and tunneling in Russia and to reach the world standards. The problems that the road building industry is facing today require mass-scale application of new materials and technologies and their expedited introduction.”

The participants of the conference looked into details of a comprehensive monitoring system incorporated in the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait.
“The Russky Bridge is a unique facility for Russia – the first bridge of its kind in this country. The most advanced technologies that had been never used before were implemented when the bridge was built, and many design concepts are second to none in the world and have been patented. Operation and maintenance of such a facility, quite understandably, require a serious approach and study. Thousands of state-of-the-art sensors and devices monitor all the bridge condition parameters and also monitor the weather conditions and the wind loads,” emphasized in his presentation Aleksandr Sharabarin, Head of the Federal Highway Administration “Dalny Vostok.” Since the opening of the Russky Bridge, along with highly skilled monitoring technicians, representatives of scientific organizations also take part in the monitoring and issue their recommendations; they also develop maintenance and servicing specifications. This is how the necessary experience is gained and methods of operations of the installation, which is unique for Russia, are perfected.

The participants of the conference expressed the opinion that this experience is necessary for further development of the industry as part of a high priority line of work – introduction of innovative construction and maintenance methods and development of new technologies based on the use of state-of-the-art materials and designs.

“The innovative precision monitoring system allows for continuous comprehensive monitoring of the giant installation condition using global navigation satellite systems. The data flows automatically and continuously to the Monitoring Center where it is stored and is accessible for analysis of the bridge condition,” said Gennady Shkuropat, Head of a Special Division of JSC USK MOST in Vladivostok, answering the reporters’ questions. The comprehensive monitoring of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus is carried out by qualified personnel who were directly involved in its construction and in the equipment shakedown and who are familiar with all the details of high-tech technologies that are incorporated in the system. The best world practices and national experience of design and construction of similar projects were applied to the Russky Bridge including the most advanced scientific and practical knowledge in the field of bridge building. This is certainly a basis for next steps forward.

The Forum “Russian Roads in the 21st Century” attracted the leading Russian and international industry experts who came to Russky Island with representatives of major investment, petrochemical, construction and road-building organizations. The scientific-practical conference also addressed the problems of pricing in road construction; attraction of private investments to road projects in Russia; doubling the scope of construction of federal highways; bringing the existing road network to the standards; preparation of roads for the World Football Cup in 2018, and others.

French Tourists Completed the Journey of the Century on the Russky Bridge

Leaving behind nearly 16 thousand kilometers, it took 50 days of couch travel for a group of tourists from France to reach the destination point of their itinerary Brest – Vladivostok. The French tourists concluded their Journey of the Century by touring the Russky Bridge.

French Tourists Completed the Journey of the Century on the Russky Bridge

The group, which included 24 tourists, set off in mid-May. They boarded a coach in Brest, France, located at the extreme western point of Europe, to go from coast-to-coast between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Europeans set off on an adventurous journey because they wanted to see the vast spaces of Russia.

It took them 50 days to cover about 16 thousand kilometers in a large well-equipped coach. The marathon named the “Journey of the Century” cost each of the tourists about 15 thousand Euros. However, the adventurous tourists do not have any remorse. They were as happy as children all the way. “They have been absolutely delighted to see this country,” says their guide Elena Kurokhtina.

“I liked everything! Old churches and mansions, huge expanses, the incredible beauty of nature,” shares his travel impressions Philip Roland. All the French tourists who decided to see the vastness of Russia are retirees. Michel Vite, 84, the oldest among them, says that his expectations before visiting the world largest country have been completely justified. The tourists were impressed by the vast spaces of Siberia and Far East. They were surprised to see large and beautiful cities such as Kazan, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok in that part of the huge country. They saw stunning attractions of Russia: The Golden Ring; the Ural Mountains that divide Europe and Asia; Lake Baikal; famous Krasnoyarsk Stolby (stone pillars). And, of course, the highest and longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, which connects the shores of the Eastern Bosphorus Strait – the Russky Bridge.

“They are proud of the Russky Bridge in France. We know that French engineers who developed the stay-cable system took part in its construction in cooperation with the Russian builders,” says Michel Vite. “That’s why we wanted to see this engineering wonder. And it is really amazing!” Tomorrow the French tourists will board a plane to leave the capital of Primorye. They will be replaced by a second group of travelers who will deboard a plane and board the same coach to go in the opposite direction – from Vladivostok to Brest.

Photo: Andrej Savin / SK MOST

The Builders of the Russky Bridge Took over Its Operation and Monitoring

JSC USK MOST, the general contractor of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait, won the tender for the annual operation of the unique installation. This is the result of the auction held by the Federal Highway Administration for the Far East, “Dalny Vostok.”

“The operation includes a system of work and actions aimed at maintaining the proper specified condition of the elements of the bridge; keeping the external appearance of installation clean and in good repair; as well as monitoring of bridge structure operation,” reads the documentation that contains the requirements for the operator.

The world largest cable-stayed bridge, which was built for the APEC Summit 2012 in Vladivostok, is a precision engineering structure. An automated monitoring system was deployed when the bridge construction was underway. The system included about 1000 various sensors, instruments and devices, over 17 kilometers of fiber-optic communication lines, and 180 kilometers of power supply lines. Satellite communication receivers are installed on the bridge as well, and a holistic round-the-clock monitoring of the giant installation is conducted using both the GLONASS and GPS global positioning systems.

Gennady Shkuropatov, the head of the special branch of JSC USK MOST, says that it is for the third year now that the company has been engaged in operation of the bridge, which the company had built. The systems for the monitoring, protection and traffic management, service lighting and decorative lighting systems – all this sophisticated systems of equipment must be routinely kept in the perfect condition. The skilled specialists who are servicing the systems were direct participants in the bridge construction; they took part in equipment shakedown, and they know all nuances and details of the highly intellectual technologies that are used. Under the terms of the tender, the new contract was awarded for the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

Sochi Paralympic Games Relay Hosted by the Russky Bridge in Vladivostok

Torch relay of the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi started today simultaneously in five cities in the Far East. In Vladivostok, the Olympic torch was carried through the world largest cable-stayed bridge, the Russky Bridge, following the previous torch carrying event.

The Winter Paralympic 2014 relay was started on the Sportivnaya Harbor Quay, and the torch then headed to Russky Island. The first torchbearers included Ksenia Bezuglova, Miss World among the disabled, Andrey Smolyannikov, member of the Russia national wheelchair rugby team, and Ruslan Chukanov, multiple winner of the Russian national bench-press competitions. More than ten relay participants carried the torch through the world record breaking cable-stayed bridge span over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait.

“I believe that the Paralympic Games are the greatest achievement of mankind. Here we can prove that we are as good as healthy people are in all respects. Sport is life, and it is accessible for us,” shared her impressions torchbearer Olga Derevtseva.

“The torch will bring victory to our country. I hope that it will bring good luck to our Paralympians! And they will win as it happened in Vancouver!” said Ruslan Chukanov wishing his friends good luck.

“Vladivostok is hosting the Paralympic Torch Relay today after the Olympic Torch Relay. Following in the footsteps of our Olympians who won big at the Sochi Olympics, we are confident that our Paralympic athletes will raise the banner, the great sport banner, even higher. And I will always remember that I was in Vladivostok during this great event, the Paralympic Torch Relay,” emphasized Lev Seleznev, Head of the Russian Paralympic Committee.

The Russky Bridge is a symbolic link between the capital of the APEC 2012 Summit and the capital of the 2014 Olympics. The builders of the SK MOST Group of Companies, who connected the mainland Vladivostok with Russky Island, have successfully completed construction of the main transport artery of the Sochi Games, the Adler – Alpika-Service combined railway and motorway route. The new high-speed route that connected the coastal and mountain sport clusters is the main reason why the first Winter Olympiad in Russia was recognized as the most compact in history. It is also noteworthy that Sochi-2014 has set up new standards of urban planning and urban development by creating a barrier-free environment. All sports facilities and infrastructure here are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

It is no accident that the Olympic torches ignited in 45 cities of the country will be blended in the mountain cluster, at the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort. The relay route that started in the Far East will run across the entire Russia. The Paralympic Winter Games officially open in Sochi on March 7, 2014.

Photo: Andrej Savin / SK MOST