Posted by Scott Reeve

1/16/19 3:47 PM

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The Benefits of Heated Deck Panels

Heated deck panels from Composite Advantage boost your walkways’ mobility and safety. The panels that form fiber-reinforced polymer decks keep sidewalks and other pedestrian areas free of snow and ice in cold-weather conditions.

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Topics: heated deck panels

Posted by Scott Reeve

1/9/19 3:47 PM

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2019 Infrastructure Full Speed Ahead

These days the word infrastructure can mean different things to different people. Merriam-Webster defines the noun as “the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.”

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Topics: Imagine Act, Infrastructure, waterfront infrastructure

Posted by Scott Reeve

1/2/19 3:37 PM

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A Bit of Auld Lang Syne - 2018 Year in Review

 

This has been a banner year for Composite Advantage in more ways than one. As we close out 2018 the song “Auld Lang Syne” comes to mind. Scottish poet Robert Burns first put the ancient song to paper in 1788. It still has a place in many New Years’ celebrations today. The words in part talk about preserving ties with others and looking back over the events of the year.  Or in this case—years.

Since 2005 we’ve worked to educate the industry about the value of fiber reinforced polymer material as an alternative to concrete, wood and steel. We’ve made inroads in the marketplace for infrastructure, waterfront and rail applications. We’ve gained the trust of customers with FRP products that continue to demonstrate their ability to solve problems and perform in tough environments.

Over the course of 2018 we installed a number of different projects:


January  Trail Bridge City of Cape Coral, Florida
  Mini-High Rail Platform Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
March Pedestrian Bridge

West Thames, New York

April Aircraft Carrier Camels Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  Vehicle Bridge Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  Vehicle Bridge Town of Sandisfield, Massachusetts
May Wind Fairings Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, Maine
July Fender Systems Cape May, New Jersey
August Vehicle Bridge City of London, Ontario
October Vehicle Bridge Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone National Park
November Pedestrian Bridge Lake Tahoe SR 28 Project Bridges 1, 2, 3
  Fender System Route 164, Virginia
December Fender System Highrise Bridge, Virginia


In any given year, CA installs a variety of different products.  This year we observed a noticeable increase in the number of vehicle bridge decks and fender systems we prefabricated and installed.  This demonstrates market recognition that use of FRP decks on historic truss bridges and large diameter FRP pilings for high energy fender protection systems is the best material choice.

In April, we participated in the National Bridge Preservation Partnership Conference in Florida.  Government agencies and industry leaders met to talk about preservation technologies.  The conference is tied to the AASHTO/Transportation System Preservation Technical Services Program (TSP-2) regional partnerships.  Wind fairings were one of the discussion topics. We designed and fabricated two sets of FRP wind fairings for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge project in Maine. Each was engineered to house an internal walkway to accommodate inspection and maintenance activities. Completion of the bridge and the use of advanced materials is a nod to the technology that will rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. 

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Topics: Imagine Act, Manufacturing Day, Conferences, FRP

Posted by James Gilcher

12/19/18 3:47 PM

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Updating the Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park's Fishing Bridge recently benefited from one of the key attributes of fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) decking: light weight. Reducing the dead load on bridge structures affords engineers more flexibility when designing structures, whether building a primary structure or an addition to an existing bridge, such as a cantilever sidewalk.

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Topics: Yellowstone National Park, frp bridge, FRP, vehicle bridges

Posted by Scott Reeve

12/13/18 3:47 PM

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The Imagine Act: The Future of Infrastructure and Composites

Every year, we make the annual trek to Washington DC to support the composite industry’s annual infrastructure day. This year our trip coincided with the Trump Administration’s unveiling of its infrastructure initiative. Plastic News did a great job summarizing the visits.

I shared my observations also.

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Topics: Imagine Act, infrastructure bill, Infrastructure

Posted by Scott Reeve

12/5/18 3:47 PM

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How Do Heated Panels Work?

People depend on walkways, foot bridges, and sidewalks to get them where they need to go. Ice and snow may accumulate during inclement weather and make surfaces treacherous, however. Constant shoveling or harsh ice-melting chemicals may be required to keep certain areas clean.

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Topics: heated deck panels, FRP, Fiber-Reinforced Polymer

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/29/18 3:17 PM

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Year of the Trails

Since 1992, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has championed more than $15.6 billion in funds to support more than 54,000 trail and active transportation projects. To date, over 13,000 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been approved in 26 states and Washington D.C. When complete, the USBRS will encompass 50,000 miles of routes and create new opportunities for cross-country travel, regional touring, and commuting by bicycle.

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Topics: rails-to-trails, trail bridges, trails

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/20/18 3:47 PM

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Change of Seasons and Thanksgiving Thoughts

So many things mark the change of seasons.  Returning to the Midwest after many weeks of travel, the last brightly colored leaves of fall are covered with the first ice of winter.  Travel included many trade shows and conferences in that busy sales season between summer and the end of the year.  All of the events are good for learning about new products, new opportunities and networking.  My favorite event was the Heavy Movable Structures symposium held in Orlando at the end of October.  It is a very focused group of owners, engineers and suppliers that live in the specialized world of movable bridges.  As trade shows go, it is not a large event.  But it was easy to find a connection with everyone that attended.  We discussed recent projects, common colleagues, products that we liked (or disliked), along with new opportunities.  It is amazing that one can glean something beneficial from every conversation. Even sitting down at an open table to eat with a stranger led to common interests and new connections.  Check out the HMS organization at https://heavymovablestructures.org/.

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Topics: Conferences, Heavy Movable Structures, holiday

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/14/18 2:37 PM

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4 Ways to Use Heated FRP Panels

 

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Topics: FRP Rail Platforms, heated deck panels, FRP

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/7/18 2:47 PM

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Past and Present Come Full Circle in Historic Peevy Road Bridge

Dayton, Ohio has been called the cradle of creativity, a city of innovation. From the invention of flight and the advent of the self-starter which fueled the auto boom to the cash register, the city continues to nurture advances that benefit communities across the nation.  In the bridge building arena, the Buckeye state has proved a lightning rod for the past and present.

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Topics: vehicle bridges, historic bridges