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Specialty Transport

Large scale transport of antennas in Chile

Socitec participated in transporting antennas to be installed in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The international project involved several partners including ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical research in the Southern Hemisphere).

The antennas were partly manufactured in France and had to be transported to South America without encountering any issues that might damage them.

Socitec participated in the secure transportation and the logistics by designing suspensions and positioning them on the lorries.

The company’s mission was to verify that installation was in conformity and to carry out measurements during the entire journey, from France to Chile, based on a modelling of the lorries, their load and rolling.

Every kilometer covered was scrupulously monitored by the team of engineers working on the mission, right up to the last meter. The entry to the base stretched over a 13-kilometer, potholed track. Our engineers controlled the drivers’ speed to avoid any risk of damage to the equipment.

Aircraft engine handling

Protection of aeronautical equipment starts on the ground, as any shock occurring during handling can damage equipment systems.

Socitec produced a damping system for the trolley used to transport the engine of the A380 made by Rolls-Royce.

The integration of wire rope isolators ensured that this very fragile and costly equipment could be securely transported.