The Urbanaut® Monorail
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WOLMIDO URBANAUT MONORAIL, INCHEON CITY, SOUTH
Map of Urbanaut Wolmido Monorail, Incheon City,
The water front loop around Wolmido Park, Incheon, South Korea has a new, architecturally aesthetic Y-shaped structure patented by Urbanaut bridging 45m (150ft) between supports. The guideway crosses a freeway at 20 meter (66ft) height with adjacent sections having 6 to 7° grades. The guideways are elevated and apply 3 different Urbanaut types of structures in concrete and steel. Expansion of a dual guideway from station 109 has been planned.
The Urbanaut Incheon Monorail initially consists of 2-car trains, expandable in the future to 3 or 4-car trains. A dual guideway extension further into the city center is planned from Station 109.
The system is fully automatically operated and controlled, including service and maintenance which are integrated into the management facility.
Urbanaut stations are smaller modern expandable types, harmonized aesthetically into the surroundings with integrated efficient access to the ferries, the metro light rail and possible expansion to the airport.
The Wolmido Park is a popular tourist center and the Urbanaut is expected to further stimulate this industry. In the following section are numerous illustrations of the Incheon Wolmido Urbanaut construction and facilities, including vehicle concepts and operation.
Along the Wolmido waterfront and public boulevard, an especially graceful architectural/structural concept was selected which was invented and patented by the Urbanaut Company. This new structural concept has great flexibility and bridges 45 meters (150 ft) between pile foundations, a record by more than 50% between foundations, compared with other monorails. This is one of the many examples of technical, economically and environmentally superior features of the Urbanaut.
Construction of Wolmido Monorail
Applying Partial Prefabrication and On-site Construction
SINGLE GUIDEWAY OF PREFABRICATED STEEL COMPONENTS
Prefabricated lightweight steel columns were bolted to a pile foundation with long span prefabricated beamway sections mounted to the top of the columns
The Wolmido Project involves testing of 4 different types of guide way structures in steel and concrete, bridging up to 45 meters (150 ft) between foundations, nearly twice the length of other monorails. The guide ways are constructed off street with no interference with traffic.
Special simple and inexpensive Urbanaut stations bridging streets and street intersections, with easy convenient access by stairs and elevators, close to parking garages and other transit – buses and light rail - will stimulate use of the system. The stations are constructed without street traffic interference.
Urbanaut Preliminary Feasibility Studies
v With the advent of the new innovative Urbanaut monorail technology an entirely new perspective has evolved in making feasibility studies for alternate monorail transportation planning, design and engineering.
v The new much less costly and flexible modern Urbanaut system beginning operation in Incheon, S. Korea in 2009 revolutionizes the concept of planning monorails for effective and less costly environmentally friendly transportation systems in our crowded cities and communities. This non-polluting, noiseless, innovative system can be built along existing right of ways for highways and freeways.
v The Urbanaut system not only costs much less per passenger and kilometer, but also allows much more flexibility in design, adaptation and ease of future expansion, with the ultimate goal to provide much better service for the public, an important enticement to maximum use of any transportation system.
v City planners, developers, transportation agencies on federal and state levels, and colleges and universities need unbiased studies of current and emerging state-of-the art alternatives in transit planning. They no longer need to limit their feasibility studies to the 50-year old straddle monorail derivatives and antiquated steel wheel/rail concepts which have monopolized the world market in spite of their limited flexibility, adaptability and costliness. With the new Urbanaut as an alternative, many professionals and in particular, citizens, now accept the fact that the old straddle concept is far from the state of art for future monorail technology.
v Cities, countries, developers or other entities considering preliminary studies should contact the Urbanaut Company for guidelines and Preliminary Feasibility Study information for the new technology in order to understand how the new Urbanaut service oriented monorail could fit into their local and regional transportation solutions
v Urbanaut will, under a Preliminary Feasibility Agreement, discuss proprietary and other helpful documents, illustrations, videos, guidelines of costs and advice to minimize unexpected problems and give guide lines to help advance a project for further study. It is in the Urbanaut's interest to make a project cost effective and profitable for the many contractors, consultants and agencies involved.