the entry into service of the cable car scheduled for April despite the “points of vigilance” at the level of welds
A report produced by the Welding Institute noted, a few days ago, anomalies in the welds on the pylons of the future Toulouse cable car. No worries, however, according to the project manager who confirms the commissioning of the device in April.
A “comprehensive double look“is the expression used by the employees of Tisséo Ingénierie to carry out ultra-regular quality controls. They do not seem particularly worried about the conclusions of the recent report of the Institute of Welding,”usual configuration” and “reassuring“, Even emphasizes Vincent Conan, project manager at Tisséo Ingénierie.
“We are in a completely normal procedure for this type of infrastructure“, details in turn Jean-François Lacroux, general manager of the client.”It is clear that we cannot compromise on security. Anyway, works checks are carried out at each stage, from the design of the cable car to its delivery.“
“Additional investigations” to remove doubts
A few days ago, therefore, the Welding Institute issued a report which highlighted “Vigilant point“on the 5 cable car pylons, explains Vincent Conan.”The Institute takes a photograph of the weld. With suitable techniques, precise images are obtained, such as an X-ray. But this radio does not give all the elements, the manufacturer must carry out additional investigations to ensure the conformity of the welds.“
“These reports give an image at an instant T”, adds Vincent Conan. “On a habit of receiving it. There, it is on the welds of the pylons, but this type of report is sent for all the works that constitute the project.“, he emphasizes.
Next steps ? The verification of all the functionalities of the machine should be completed by the end of 2021. “We will repeat these checks with the State services in early 2022“, specifies Vincent Conan. Then, it will be necessary to think”related systems, video surveillance, information for travelers, access controls, etc.“, he lists. The idea?”Make the traveler feel in the Tisséo environment“when he takes the cable car.
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The Welding Institute is expected to give its final conclusions regarding the conformity – or not – of the welds in the coming days. The device’s commissioning date is always kept: start of the second quarter of 2022, i.e. the month of April. The cable car will link the Oncopole to Paul-Sabatier University – with a stop at the CHU Rangueil – in just 10 minutes by air.