Cargo Ships off-load container boxes to be transported by truck and rail at the port in Delta, BC, Canada. AECOM was commissioned to undertake the planning phase for a new state of the art container terminal called Roberts Bank Terminal 2 at the port. Based on a 1300 m wharf, the engineers at the Burnaby, BC office conducted a capacity analysis to determine the appropriate backland and railyard size to match the expected berth capacity. They also surveyed global best practices for container handling and recommended a number of initial options for high density environmentally friendly terminal layouts. Due to the high fraction of on-terminal rail in Vancouver, AECOM developed options for automated transfer of container movement. These initial layouts were refined based on feedback from the Port.

The most suitable options were simulated to compare expected productivity, cost, and emissions from each option. After the preferred mode of operation and layout for the terminal was selected by PMV, AECOM completed preliminary design for the facility, including capital cost estimates and construction schedules. The engineers also continually liaised with PMV’s other consultants over road and rail access to the project, involving the widening of the existing causeway. AECOM’s design work involved civil, architectural, structural, marine, electrical and communications disciplines.

The photograph was taken with a Canon 1Dx with 70-200mm lens with 1.4x teleconverter and Heliopan circular polarizing filter set at 147mm. Exposure was taken handheld from a boat, at 1/160th of a second at f 8.0 at ISO 100 using the built-in stabilizer.

Photo © Robb Williamson / AECOM

Originally published 07.22.2014

Author: Robb Williamson