VSL has evolved from a specialist post-tensioning company into a multi disciplined bridge partner. VSL has been erecting more than 100'000 precast bridge deck elements providing almost 5 million square meters of bridge surface.
VSL is able to provide contractors and engineers with construction and engineering services for highly complex and demanding projects. The localized organization of VSL provides clients with innovative practical designs and construction solutions adapted to suit the local market.
The two VSL Technical Centres in Europe respectively Asia assist the local Profit Centres technically to ensure, that world wide made experiences and best practices are utilized on individual projects
With extensive experience in large bridge projects, VSL has a proven record of developing project specific construction systems and methods, that promote highly efficient rates of construction, which ensure, that program milestones are met, while maintaining safety and improving quality of end product. Lateral thinking encouraged within the design and production teams provide a suitable environment for nurturing novel, and often remarkably simple solutions to demanding problems.
Today's state of the art bridge designs are very much driven not only by end user requirements like structural safety, serviceability and durability but as well by consideration about constructability, so that bridges can be built fast and high quality standards for permanent work can effectively be achieved in the field. Traditionally an owner, employs a consultant to design, detail a bridge and prepare tender documents with bill of quantities for tendering of the work. The work is then executed by a main contractor, which subcontracts part of the work to companies like VSL.
This approach is however not necessarily the most straight forward way any more to build today's state of the art bridges. This is, because there is too much interaction between design of permanent work and construction methods selected to build the bridges. In the traditional approach design of permanent work is done before award of main contract, whereas final construction methods are only selected after award of main contract respectively after award of subcontracts for bridge deck construction work to companies like VSL.
VSL is committed to offering clients a "best for project" service, that has recently led to various innovative Partnering and Alliancing arrangements.
Such arrangements between main contractor and VSL as subcontractor for bridge deck construction or even between owner, consultant, main contractor and VSL have proven to be highly successful and mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Bridges are built not by individuals but by a group of various parties.
The main idea behind Partnering and Alliancing arrangements is to get all these parties to work as a team. Main objective of such a team shall be to get the best solutions for the final product with financial rewards for team members linked to successful delivery of the entire work.