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Replacement Bridge over the Hracholusky Reservoir

Contruss Engineering s.r.o. and SCIA Engineer.



Hracholusky, CZ

Nemetschek Group Brands



Contruss Engineering s.r.o.


SŽDC s.o.

Project information

The bridge over the Hracholusky reservoir near the city of Plzeň is a single-track railway bridge of 5 spans that was constructed in 1901. Due to extensive corrosion, the steel trusses had to be replaced in 2018-2019. The new steel superstructure is also a steel truss with a top bridge deck to resemble the original bridge.

The replacement itself was a challenging task. Due to difficult accessibility from below the bridge, an innovative approach was applied. The spans were replaced one-by-one. For each span a new truss was pre-assembled and, in an upside-down position, moved onto the existing one. Then, the new and old trusses were clamped together and rotated around the longitudinal axis.

The structural model was created from a detailed Tekla file that was, after some modifications, imported to SCIA Engineer. The project had a very tight deadline and therefore the work was split in between 2 teams: the first one designed the connection between the original and the new bridge and the second team designed the rotation mechanism. Changes from both teams were merged together using SCIA Engineer’s Table Input. 

Quote of the Jury: "Complex analysis of a difficult construction process. Perfect usage of most possibilities available in SCIA Engineer."

This project is the winner of the SCIA User Contest 2020 – Category 2, Civil Structures. Read the whole story in the SCIA User Contest 2020 book