Elena Alvarez, Project Manager"When I think of the project, I still feel a mixture of longing, pride and satisfaction. When I found out that I was getting the post of technical director, I was incredibly proud – and fairly nervous, I must admit. It was the largest project PERI had ever tackled. It had to be perfect! I remember one day at the beginning of 2013, the project was in full swing and we went to the construction site. On the ramp, we were met by trucks as tall as houses, loaded with rubble. Fidel had to stop the pick-up – and there it was in front of us: 1.5 km of work, concrete and formwork as far as the eye could see, construction vehicles shrunk to the size of toys and people as tiny as ants. No one said anything, but we were all overwhelmed. I have great friends from that time who I hope will always be in my life, and great memories of conversations after work over Balboa beer and crab skewers. Together, we were part of this project of the century, which allowed us to grow personally and professionally. To me, these locks are like two sleeping titans, built by man to provide ships with a shortcut on their route around the world.”
In each of the three lock chambers, which are staggered one behind the other, the ships on both the Atlantic and the Pacific side of the canal overcome a difference in height of around 26 m.
Key to success: The Climbing System for mass concrete developed in-house helped the customer to achieve high cost efficiency with rapid construction progress – and won us the contract for Panama.
Santiago Mera, Elena Alvarez, Fidel Benito
Expansion of the Panama Canal“In this project, we relied on PERI systems for more than 95%. PERI did not disappoint us, they cooperated committedly and provided us with good solutions and services for smooth work progress“, Rafael Sarmiento (Site Manager Miraflores/Pacific).
Expansion of the Panama Canal – ChallengesDue to its dimensions and complexity, the project offered big challenges regarding knowhow, logistics and jobsite support. The cross-country cooperation of many different PERI application engineers, logistics specialists and other experts was one essential key to the project success.
Expansion of the Panama Canal – EngineeringHere you can find out more details about the systems used, which were specially developed for this project.