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All civil engineering projects have one thing in common: They require extremely robust, powerful, and low-maintenance automation solutions.

To build structures that last for centuries, and to operate them with ultimate availability for decades: Clients, designers and operators of civil engineering projects think long-term.

Bosch Rexroth has built an extensive know-how in hydro engineering solutions of any size and capacity. With our experience and deep understanding of all automation technologies, we help our clients make sure that these projects go into operation on time and function reliably.

Case Studies and Technical Articles

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Bosch Rexroth’s global effort is key to Panama Canal Expansion

The expansion of the Panama Canal, as well as the new construction of two locks with water saving function have been completed. Now, ships with lengths up to 366 m and widths up to 49 m are able to pass through this shortened connection between the Far East and commercial ports along the North American shoreline, including the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. The project included installing hydraulic valves for the filling and emptying lock chamber system, and corresponding valves to control the water flow. Bosch Rexroth supplied and built all operating machinery for the valves.

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Olmsted Dam

Modernizing Drive and Control Systems for Large Civil Engineering Projects

Systems such as locks and dams for transportation, movable bridges, dams for hydroelectric power plants, irrigation and flood control systems, constitute the “moving parts” of our civil infrastructure. In the U.S. and other parts of North America, many of these systems were first engineered and built in the mid-20th century, in the 1950s and 1960s. There is now growing commitment to repairing and modernizing this infrastructure in the U.S. By updating drive and control systems with the technology now used in other industrial applications, a wide range of performance benefits can be realized.

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Power Units

7 Tips for Designing or Specifying the Right Hydraulic Power Unit

With all of the choices facing an engineer designing or selecting a power unit, the fact is this: Designing a power unit can be daunting.

Not only must the successful designer develop a robust solution, one that will be capable of producing the “power” required over a long service-life, he or she must also consider plant-floor environments, safety, regulatory requirements, serviceability and maintenance, noise, energy efficiency, and sometimes even IoT-readiness. All of these considerations can influence the lifetime cost.

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