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Location: Antwerp
Discipline: Civil engineering & infrastructure, Electromechanics, Port, river & hydraulic engineering
Period: 2014 - now

Renovation of Royers lock

In the port of Antwerp, the Royers lock provides access from the Schelde to the Albert Canal. Constructed between 1900 and 1910, it is at the end of its lifespan. On the basis of an SCBA study, it was decided to completely demolish the existing lock and build a new, larger lock (250 metres long and 36 metres wide). Commissioned by the department Maritieme Toegang (Department of Mobility and Public Works) of the Government of Flanders, SBE assisted in the feasibility study as well as the tender design.

Renovation of the old lock

The Royers lock is an important entrance for the inland shipping and is one of the most used locks in Antwerp. The expansion will allow the large inland vessels to sail directly inland. The construction of a new lock is not an everyday project in Belgium, especially not of this size. Because of its +30 years of experience in hydraulic engineering projects, SBE is very enthusiastic to be participating in this project.

The lock is widened to 36 meters and elongated to 230 meter. Bascule bridges on either side will allow the road traffic to cross the lock smoothly. The design is based on Kieldrecht lock and consists of 2 single rolling gates.

Scale of the project

The construction site will be dug into the embankment, with special attention being paid to the protected lock keeper’s house in the middle of this embankment. In addition, 2 machine buildings will be provided, 1 central technical building and 4 kiosks for the operation of the bypass drains.

As the lock is being extended in the direction of the Schelde, the access channel also needs to be redesigned, including new guide work, adapted protection for the banks, dyke works and signage.

Thanks to the expertise of the different branches within SBE, this project could be tackled in an integrated way. We are responsible for the preparation of the design up to and including the tender phase, for both the lock and the hydraulic study of the temporary and final environmental construction. The electromechanical equipment is also being designed, with preference being given to winches that set the doors in motion using hydraulic cylinders in the equipment room.

All disciplines in one 3D BIM model

Part of the design study was the creation of a fully integrated 3D BIM model, which is the result of an intensive collaboration between engineering and multidisciplinary BIM design. The lock, as well as the bridges, electromechanical equipment and surrounding infrastructure were modeled. Very important was the evaluation of the design in various positions and conditions, as these are moving parts. All sub-models of steel, concrete, earthworks, mechanics and infrastructure were brought together into one coherent, coherent and qualitative design.

At last SBE’s own 3D Design and Visuals studio upgraded the BIM model to high-quality 3D visuals. SBE has mapped out its own workflow, based on the workflow of the BIM department. This allows us to incorporate technical preconditions in animation films and visualisations, so we can visualise the integration of the project in the surroundings and in time.

Curious about the result? Watch the video below and take a look at the future Royers lock!