The Chenab Bridge is located in the Jammu and Kashmir area, approximately 600 km North of New Delhi. It is part of the new Baramulla−Srinagar−Udhamptur railway connection.
The total length of the bridge is 1315 m. The free span length of the bridge is 467 m measured from the surface of the river below, the height of the bridge deck is 350 m. Thus, the Chenab Bridge is the tallest and longest-spanning railway bridge of its type in the world. Because it is located in an extremely demanding mountainous area with modest roads and infrastructure, the construction of the bridge has been extremely challenging.
The end result is a convincing demonstration of WSP's world-class steel bridge design expertise. The project was carried out on a "design and build" contract model. The contractor and client required the use of BIM modelling of the structures from the very beginning of the project. All steel structures were modelled using Tekla software, which ensures the compatibility of the steel components during installation. All steel structures were modelled. The total steel volume of the bridge is 27 000 tons. The design of the bridge was also challenged by the demanding earthquake and wind conditions. The bridge design team was led by Pekka Pulkkinen from WSP in Finland.