The importance of carrying out bearing and expansion joint inspections by proficient and competent engineers who understand their functionality can often be key to maximising a structure’s lifespan and avoiding major, unexpected, emergency repair costs.
USL Ekspan have carried out a number of projects for swing bridges and foot bridges. From design, fabrication of all structural components, to trial erection and final installation. Details of these type of bridge installations can be supplied on request.
The company’s expansive areas of work serve the following industry sectors:
Our depth of knowledge and experience enables us to provide structural solutions and whole life care by way of consultancy support or the delivery of a complete project management service - tailored to meet the specific requirements of each client.
This is the broadest of the industry sectors USL Ekspan has been operating in since its establishment in 1990. Our work typically involves identifying and analysing structural movement defects and providing precise engineered solutions for all types of bridges (old and new), rail, highways, car parks and buildings (old, new and bespoke). USL Ekspan supply an extensive range of quality structural products, including structural bearings, expansion joints and drainage systems - with fully supported services for comprehensive installation and maintenance from project inception to completion. In addition to bearing and expansion joint installation we also carry out specialist works such as structural jacking and de-jacking, and bespoke fabrication works.
Our depth of knowledge and expertise has enabled us to provide structural solutions for our clients both in the UK and on a worldwide basis.
Our services within this sector include specialist fabrication; supply, installation and maintenance of industrial bearings and structural components designed specifically for applications requiring articulated support such as large machinery; pipelines; offshore structures; ports and power stations. The work in this sector often involves working in remote locations, harsh conditions and confined spaces.
USL Ekspan can engineer specialist solutions for difficult and unusual movement problems from a service and product perspective. Over the years, working as both principal contractor and sub-contractor, USL Ekspan has successfully delivered key projects (long and short term) requiring bespoke solutions.
Projects vary in size and complexity but range from fabrication and installation of wind turbine blade test rigs, to bridge fabrication and installation, to repair and replacement of various mechanical components of the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory.
USL Ekspan provide full turnkey solutions – for supply, installation and maintenance of bearings on link bridges, which connect and carry services between platforms. USL Ekspan have highly skilled and fully trained offshore engineers who regularly visit installations to maintain sliding bearings. Our technical engineers will liaise and engage with platform asset managers, operators, owners and designers to assess bearing functionality and carry out inspections to identify potential structural defects. Annual maintenance schemes are also provided with products - necessary to sustain structural integrity and whole-life care.
USL Ekspan have worked with a broad range of clients both in the UK and worldwide - these include Energy Repsol Sinopec, Talisman Energy, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Nexen Petroleum, Total E&P UK, BP, Gulf Industrial Services Company and Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company.
Our services within this sector focus on environmental schemes such as water storage, flow control, structure refurbishment, fish migration control screens along with canal and waterway gates.