AGF Access Provides Equipment for REM, Montreal’s Light Rail Project

Montreal, Quebec-based AGF Access Group (AAG) was selected by NouvLR to supply equipment and services to assist with the construction of the Édouard-Montpetit station, part of the new Réseau Express Métropolitan (REM). The REM is an electric and fully automated metro transit network and is the largest mass transit project in Quebec in the last 50 years.

Jamco, AAG’s construction hoists and transport platform rental arm, provided a Hydro Mobile S Series transport platform for the initial phase of the project and will provide a temporary construction elevator for the second phase. Dedicated operator safety training, fences, stair towers, a small fixed platform, pier access to formwork, hoarding and other services are also being provided.

The construction of the Édouard-Montpetit station required the digging and removal of 30,000 m3 of rock, as well as building the entire infrastructure for the station. During the digging phase, an electric Hydro Mobile S Series provided access for personnel to build the base of the deep pit and to start erecting the steel structure, approximately 70 m or 20-stories down.

The S Series has a capacity of 2,449 kg and travels at 9 m/min. The platform has overhead protection, emergency descent system and overload protection.

AAG engineers developed a customized approach in which chemical epoxy anchors affixed the TP to the rock face.
“In my 40 years of experience, I have never seen a project like this,” said Marcel Jameus, president, Jamco. “Usually, we anchor transport platforms by drilling directly into the concrete, but because the wall is made of limestone, we developed our own innovative solution.”

Once the pouring phase begins, workers will efficiently travel 61 m/min using a temporary construction elevator from road level to the pit’s bottom and back.

“Our extensive experience with infrastructure projects has led to providing access solutions for another iconic Montreal construction project,” said Alex Di Domenico, vice president, Major Projects, AAG. “Combining a high-quality Hydro Mobile transport platform and construction elevator, the ingenuity of the AAG engineering team, and Jamco’s excellent customer service offers a superior access solution for this transformative Montreal construction project.”

The Édouard-Montpetit station will be one of 26 stations on the new 67 km-long network. NouvLR (SNC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau Inc. and EBC Inc.) won the contract in 2018 to do the engineering and general construction of the entire project. Work on the Édouard-Montpetit station began in July 2018 and will continue until 2022.

Source: AGF Access Group

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