Posted on July 28, 2020
In order to meet the anticipated demand increase while also shifting to utilizing surface water in Texas, the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project (LBITP) will transfer existing surface water rights held by the City of Houston in the Trinity River to Lake Houston in the San Jacinto basin. The LBITP is a $318 million water supply project that includes a 500 MGD pump station (located on a 90-acre parcel), approximately 3.6 miles of pipelines, setting basin and maintenance facility, 23 miles of open canals to convey the untreated water to an outfall structure at Lake Houston. One of the critical components of the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project is the pig retrieval station. The components at the pig retrieval station needed to withstand not only the forces of the day to day operations, but also accommodate the settlement presented by the terrain.
Brown & Gay Engineering, Inc. chose to utilize Victaulic system solutions, which included the Cople flexible AGS Estilo W77 and the Style W257 Dynamic Movement joint. These products provided a fully restrained system solution that met the design criteria of withstanding the forces of the day to day operations while simultaneously achieving the goal of reducing the size of the vault. By using the W257 joints, BGE, Inc. could achieve 4 inches of settlement in approximately 22 feet on this installation. Traditional methods would have required more than twice the excavation to install restraining devices, such as an M11 harness.
Además, los acoples flexibles AGS Estilo W77 proporcionan un método de entrada rápido y fácil necesario para acceder a los sistemas de aislamiento y las áreas de limpieza y recuperación. Los acoples Estilo W77 proporcionaron las uniones flexibles requeridas para el acceso futuro al sistema en caso de mantenimiento rutinario del sistema o cierre prematuro.
Las capacidades mecánicas de Victaulic proporcionaron una ingeniería de valor inherente que minimizó los costos de construcción y los cronogramas al tiempo que superaba los desafíos presentados por la estación de recuperación los limpiadores/raspa-tubos.
Read more about this project in our Infrastructure projects section of the Victaulic website where you can also view multiple photos of the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer project throughout the process.