New and behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and 3D animation all feature on a newly lauched website about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing.
The Transport Scotland portal tells the story of building the new bridge.
Construction on the £1.35bn cable stayed bridge started in 2011, with the crossing due to open this summer. It will operate alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge and become the main crossing between Edinburgh and Fife.
The story of the bridge’s construction is split into 10 sections, from foundations to the ‘deck fan process’ to the bridge’s onsite fabrication. Each section explains the complex challenges faced by engineers through a mixture of videos, photo timelines, 3D visualisations and words.
Queensferry Crossing 3D animation to explain the deck fan process
Scotland economy secretary Keith Brown said: “Excitement and interest in the Queensferry Crossing just keeps building as the project nears completion.
“The new bridge is already fast becoming Scotland’s newest icon and it is fitting that we now have such a fantastic digital archive available to explain how it was built.
“We’ve always said that building a bridge wasn’t the limit to this project, we also need to ensure a learning legacy is forged from the inspirational, iconic Queensferry Crossing. That is the ambition of the Arc.”
Laser scans of the bridge were taken during its construction and used to produce 3D animations by the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation – a partnership between Historic Environment Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation.
The website can be found here http://www.queensferrycrossingarc.co.uk/