Safway’s proprietary QuikDeck® suspended access system has won the 2014 Téchne Prize for technological innovation in civil construction. The award is presented annually in Brazil for the most significant contributions to commercial construction. QuikDeck has been marketed by Safway throughout North America since 2006 and was introduced to Brazil in 2011 by Mecan, which is part of the Orguel Group and one of Safway’s strategic partners.

Safway Group bridge division manager Jerry Dolly said: "The Téchne Prize recognizes a meaningful advancement in construction technology. We’re thrilled that our contribution to the field has been recognized in this way. This award builds on an expanding list of recognitions for QuikDeck, providing further evidence that the innovation of our suspended access system represents a sea change in terms of safety and productivity at hard-to-reach worksites, not just in the US, but around the world."

QuikDeck features a unique modular design that allows an "in the air" build-out of a broad, rigid work platform. From an initial 16ft x 16ft QuikDeck platform hung under the work area, sections can be rapidly added and leap-frogged (using materials staged on sections previously erected), all without ever touching anything below. Its easy installation saves on labor and moves projects along efficiently. QuikDeck can be engineered to span large areas, fit unique shapes, withstand high loads at a 4:1 ratio and be combined with other access solutions, such as supported scaffolding. QuikDeck also provides a safe barrier between the work area and anything below.

The Téchne Prize is awarded by a jury of engineering professionals to highlight "technologies that improve productivity and performance in the construction environment." It is bestowed by Editora PINI, a leading voice in engineering and construction in Brazil.

"We’re thrilled that our contribution to the field has been recognized in this way."

Mecan is a leader in commercial construction access in South America and the Téchne Prize continues a long record of industry recognition for the company. Orguel Group CEO Sérgio Guerra Lages said: "The prize recognizes the way QuikDeck fills a great need for a strong, stable suspended access system to support rapidly expanding needs for construction and industrial services in Brazil."

The prize was awarded in the machines and equipment category, one of four Téchne Prize categories.

In announcing the honor, Editoria PINI described the system’s benefits: "QuikDeck, an access structure distributed by Mecan, was developed especially for use in restricted access locations. The pivoting modular installation process allows assembly in the operating position without obstructions or underneath support structures. This allows, for example, unobstructed passage of vehicles under bridges in highway construction. It is also suitable for oil rigs, industrial situations and similar work sites.

"QuikDeck is produced with automated robotic welding. Moreover, the steel used (a high-strength, low-weight alloy) enables a load capacity of up to 366kg/m² with safety factor of four. According to the company, the suspended access system provides a productivity gain of up to 80% in labor. For offshore jobs, it’s possible to reduce the need to bring in workers by 70%, compared with a conventional system, making people available to perform other services."

Mecan is one of ten companies that are part of the Grupo Orguel Corporation, which services the commercial and industrial markets throughout the world’s fifth-largest country. Grupo Orguel has been in business for more than 45 years. Mecan is involved in manufacturing, distribution, rental and installation of scaffold.

More information about QuikDeck is available at Safway’s website.