Panama Canal

Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - More than 12 months after starting the development work on the Panama Canal, the dimensions and the massive structural elements are clearly visible.
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - The Gatun lock facility on the Atlantic coast has three chambers positioned one after the other - each  403 m long and 55 m wide.
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - PERI is supporting the "construction project of the century" with the planning and delivery of huge quantities of formwork and scaffolding systems.
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - An essential element of the PERI solution is the new SCS climbing system – easy to handle and for transferring high loads.
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - The PERI systems used have been optimally adapted to suit site requirements and also include the integration of safe access means such as the PERI UP scaffold staircase.
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - The PERI LGS lattice girder system provides safe and rational solutions using system components for large spans or high loads.
Schleusenanlagen Panamakanal, Panama - The Miraflores lock system on the Pacific coast is around 1.8 km long and lifts the vessels using three chambers to a height of 26 m above sea level. (Photo: ACP)
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - With the help of PERI formwork and scaffolding solution, massive components, e.g. as shown here for the Miraflores lock, can be quickly and cost-effectively realized.
Lock facilities, Panama Canal, Panama - Table solutions with MULTIPROP towers are also part of the comprehensive PERI overall concept.

Project Data

Location: Panama, Panama

Two lock facilities (Gatun/Atlantic and Miraflores/Pacific) with three lock chambers created one after the other, each of which are 403 m long and 55 m wide; Lengths of the lock facilities: 1.8 km each for a total height difference of 26 m

  • construction period: 2011 - 2014
  • amount of concrete used: 6,600,000 m³
  • amount of steel used: 340,000 tons
  • area to receive formwork: 2,200,000 m²
  • 4,200 jobsite employees
  • 70 cranes and 30 concrete pumping stations


  • tight schedule
  • extraordinary dimensions and massive structural elements


Grupo Unidos Por el Canal, SA (GUPC) Joint Venture:
Sacyr Vallehermoso, Spain; Impregilo, Italy; Jan De Nul, Belgium; Constructora Urbana, Panama

Customer's benefit

  • reduction of tie positions and, as a result, greater cost-effectiveness of the SCS climbing systems during single-face applications
  • simple handling und carrying of high loads
  • flexible adaptability to the structural geometry, which means that the working platforms are able to incline to a 15° and 30° angle as a result of the horizontal position of the platforms
José Pelaez | Rafael Sarmiento
Site Manager Gatun/ Atlantic | Site Manager Miraflores/ Pacific

With PERI we have found the right partner for our Panama Canal project. The PERI team developed a detailed technical solution for every lock component and provided superb support for our GUPC jobsite team.

We have put our trust in PERI products for 95% of this project. PERI haven´t disappointed us. They have worked with tremendous dedication and provided us with good solutions and services for unproblematic work.

PERI solution

  • combination of formwork expertise, performance and supply capabilities and innovative system devices
  • planning and delivery of huge quantities of formwork and scaffolding systems (300 40-foot containers) to be able to pour 6.300 m³ of concrete per day
  • development, production and delivery of innovative climbing brackets