Some Advantages Over Conventional Current Methods

Significant Lower Cost And Faster Than Conventional Structures

As span increases, the cost compared to other alternatives becomes increasingly lower.

  • As span increases, the cost compared to other alternatives becomes increasingly lower.
  • For bigger spans, conventional beams are made deeper and thicker to span further. Whereas our beams are simply stacked one beam on top of the other and joined together vertically.  This means we can use a standard size beam and for further spans, add extra beams vertically stacked, eliminating the need for various sized beams for different spans.
  • Prefabricated sections are transported to site complete and ready for joining, reducing transport requirements, site preparation and a range of project management time and costs.
  • Project scheduling is more efficient as all bridges can be prefabricated in advance and subject to footings installed in days not weeks or months
  • Manufacturing can be fully automated so standard sizes can be made. The process is faster than Industrial Light Beam to plan, cost, project manage, manufacture, transport and erect.
  • The beams have far better spanning capabilities than conventional beams, requiring less support columns as the span increases. Less lateral bracing required as our beams have sturdier lateral twist properties. Comfortable deep  river crossings of 500m plus gives major time and cost savings  by eliminating pylons 
  • Less uninformed criticism of the authorities as a result of visible progress and clear evidence of consultation over flood water mitigation from railway structures.
  • Completed rail line sections to stations with bridges completed can be fully operational as the network grows rather than a grand opening months or years later
  • As span increases
  • Less community disruption in congested areas.

Significant Steel Savings Compared To Conventional 2 Chord Systems

The Ultra Lite Beam and Ratcliff Truss are lighter than any other product on the current market. The Ultra Lite Beam is lighter than the Industrial Light Beam. For spans up to 14m it is comparable to Industrial Light Beam, and after 14m the lightweight capabilities surpass that of the Industrial Light Beam increasingly.

No swaying or buckling
The structures are more stable and not as prone to damaging swaying and buckling.

No Corrosion
No rust or corrosion in any significant way.

No Termites
No termite or marine borer risk.

No Harmful Coatings
No environmentally harmful processes or coatings

No Concrete Cancer
No so-called concrete cancer emerging risk in the absence of concrete

Less Repairs and Large Maintenance
Movement and wearing of joints, connections and members. Less repairs and large maintenance works needed as structure’s sustainability and longevity is increased.

Savings with longer spans
Longer spans eliminating expensive pylons crossing rivers, roads or rail.

Can build long spans in arch shape with clearance over buildings, forests, hills, etc, reducing need for tunnels or cuttings. Scenic walkways and cycle paths to add to tourist experience can be easily added at design stage.

Earthquake, cyclone and flood resistant
Built to withstand adverse geological and weather events. No interference to massive flood plain water as it eliminates culverts as the water can pass through unimpeded underneath. The structure is built to be higher than major flood records so there is less damage and repairs to rail embankments with faster rising flood water eroding the earthworks and ballast washaways. As drainage culverts choke on the sudden unpredictable high volumes of floodwater as a result of several rivers and overflow flood ways bringing water at different times.

Less Local Environmental Hazards
It is built to deliberately facilitate movement of local people domesticated and wild animals following their historical paths. There is less risk of unpredictable diversion of flood water because of raised rail embankments to create problems for adjacent local farmers. Less local resistance to unknown unpredictable effects on their adjacent irrigation structures.

System able to be prefabricated and automated and sub-contract out components manufacture for later central final assembly

Less Cement Costs
No large cement manufacturing facilities and associated costs of trucking in materials to produce cement, only small quantities required for footings.


  • Less disturbance and release of old accrued industrial pollution in river sediments into the river ecosystem.
  • Less impact on useable ground water.
  • Less impact from flooding and erosion diversion from pylons.
  • Less environmental damage to vulnerable marshland flora and fauna through crossings.
  • Less risk of unpredicted silting up as a result of river flow disturbance.
  • Less accidental risk of wastage going into a river.
  • Less impact and encroachment on adjacent general biodiversity and river bed grasses and marine life.
  • Less impact of discoloured water and floating sediment moving towards adjacent beaches and resorts.


  • Less disruption to community stakeholders and residents generally and for shorter periods.
  • Less impact and confusion from road closures and diversions and for shorter periods.
  • Less disruption to communities on both sides of a river.
  • Less disruption to tourist boats. and amateur fishermen’s  boat navigability .
  • Less impact on adjacent businesses parking and foot traffic access .
  • Less risk of failure of planning to accommodate longer term expected freight movement  of newer large size transport vehicles width and height.
  • Less impact on adjacent marine food and other water based industries.


  • Overall faster and safer with fewer workers at any level of risk.
  • Overall less moving machinery, saws, welders and gas canisters and shorter list of potential risks to be monitored.
  • Overall less multi-level scaffolding and work stations, safety fencing and risk of falls.
  • Overall less risk from crane operations and working underneath.
  • Overall easier thorough individual employee safety training and project reviews.

Project Consultants

1. Reduced risk in tender assessment

2. Reduced management time arbitrating with suppliers and sub-contractors

3. Reduced risk of project cost and completion time escalation

4. Reduced area for defective works

5. Greater quality control

6. Easier official approvals documentation

Project Owners

1. Reduced total project costs

2. Increased control of cash flow

3. Easier financing negotiation

4. Reduced risk of cost escalation

5. Reduced overheads

6. Reduced warranty risk with one supplier rather than many

7. More effective pre-selling

8. Greater certainty of design and finish

9. Reduced management time and complexity

10. Reduced risk of industrial disputation

11. Reduced likelihood of delays

12. Greater certainty of being first into full operations

13. Reduced risk in catching the difficult season

14. Fewer meetings to resolve problems

Project Managers and Constructors

1. Simplified construction

2. Greater construction compatibility

3. Reduction in overall costs

4. Fewer individual sub-contractor delays

5. Faster completion times

6. Reduced cost escalation risk

7. Increased turnover due to reduced time thus reduced overheads

8. Fewer inspections – authorities and architectural

9. Tradesmen speed and productivity

10. Reduced supervision and site support staff

11. More effective control of material supplies, transport pilferage, breakage

12. Smaller on-site storage areas

13. Less delivery and material handling

14. Reduced bad weather delays

15. Effective quality control and warranties with one supplier

16. Smoother industrial relations

17. Less vandalism and pilferage

18. Less clean-up time

19. Assists completion incentive scheme

20. Reduced cost, more efficient use of crane/man material hoist resources