Hyperloop Test Track Facility
The Hyperloop consisted of a mile-long vacuum chamber requiring internal track tolerances measured to within thousandths of an inch. The project is considered the second largest vacuum chamber in the world, second only to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The Hyperloop is an innovative new mode of transportation for quickly moving people and cargo at roughly the speed of sound using evacuated tubes / pipelines and vehicles that magnetically levitate over the track’s surface. Electric propulsion – which requires very little energy due to the reduced friction and air resistance - is used to accelerate the vehicles and maintain high speeds. This futuristic infrastructure project posed numerous challenges to the engineering and construction staff. The specified tolerances were very unique within the construction industry, which required intense collaboration between Precision and the engineering team to create a design that was both functional and cost-effective to build. The test track also passed over a railroad spur, which required a draw-bridge capable of accommodating a passing train before being reset to within tolerance. This uniquely challenging construction project required collaboration between all project team members. Design Professionals, Owner Representatives and Precision, the Cost Estimator worked together for almost a year before the final design was ready for construction. The final outcome was a highly successful project delivered within the intended budget and schedule.