Concrete removal on bridge substructures and other elevated structures poses several problems, including personnel access, equipment access, project staging, and logistics.  Rampart’s self-designed High-Reach Robot solves these problems – whether the area to be repaired is above grade or below grade. In fact, we have removed concrete from 6-feet below grade to 50-feet above grade!

We added hydrodemolition cutting heads, robotics, and remote controls to a high-reach boom. By incorporating seven hydraulic devices, we are able to control the cutting nozzle in three dimensions to safely and efficiently remove concrete from hard-to-reach areas.  To improve monitoring and performance, the operator can control the robot from within his own lift.

This robot’s unique cutting head can be positioned to perform removals on vertical and overhead surfaces. Walls, bridge substructure, columns, piers, dam faces and spillways have all had concrete removal successfully performed using our High-Reach Robot.

Several projects (Blanchette Bridge and Blanco Dam) using the High-Reach Robot were recently featured in the May/June 2016 ICRI Concrete Repair Bulletin.  The article entitled “Hydrodemolition – Forget the Flat Work”  was written by Pat Winkler.  In addition to being Rampart’s Senior Vice President, Pat is an ICRI Fellow, Past Chair of ICRI’s Committee 310, and an ACI member (having served on Committee 546).  Click here to read the article.

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Full height concrete removal on the Blanchette Bridge.
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Operator in manlift observing the hydrodemolition on the Blanchette Bridge.
High-Reach Robot removing concrete from spillway face on the Blanco Dam.
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Concrete removal on the Herrington Dam.
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Herrington Dam required the High-Reach Robot because of it's unique access challenges.