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Barge 3-D Modeling Case Study

Saving Time, Money and Meeting Customer’s Requirements

Challenge: Customer needed a temporary flotation pumping solution with very specific requirements, for use on a water reservoir which supplies water to a treatment facility.  The temporary barge would need to be in use until a permanent intake structure could be constructed.

Solution: Collaborating with the DXP Supercenter in Lenexa, KS, Vulcan Pumps’ engineers designed a complex barge package station with the use of the powerful SolidWorks software.  Utilizing SolildWorks allowed the engineers to present 3-D designs and modeling for DXP Enterprises to present to the client for better visualization.

The final product included a barge engineered for maximum down thrust, pipe loads, live loads, and floats able to carry the weight of the pipe filled with water from the barge to the shoreline, which came with very specific requirements for attaching the pipe and conduit for the cable.  The vertical turbines and motors were supplied by DXP Enterprises and a 5-ton crane was used for installation and removal of the motor and pump.  Further complicating the solution was the monorail crane needed to be cantilevered over the side of the barge for offloading the pump and motor.  Finally, mooring points for anchoring to the shoreline were added as well as mandatory safety railing, float design and life preservers.

We are proud to have such a strong team of engineers that were able to provide a solution to the client’s needs for this very unique application.