Assembling Skywalk’s platform

Assembling Skywalk’s platform

One of the things that the engineer Kenneth “Bill” Karren wanted people to feel safe when they are walking over the platform. The combination of the wind and the steps of people walking on the Skywalk could cause vibrations and this can scare people off.

The main supporting beams of the Grand Canyon Skywalk are huge, curved, made of steel, and are designed to withstand enormous loads and pressure. They are also hollow to be able to absorb the vibrations caused by the winds. The beams are 2 meters tall and are wide enough for a man to walk inside of them. The steel sheets that they are made of are 5 centimeters thick.

They were welded into separate 12 meter pieces made in Utah, and were transported to the Grand Canyon by a truck. The deliver of each of the Skywalk’s sections took months. More than a month was need to connect and weld the pieces. A careful inspection was done to ensure the welding quality. Once it was assembled at the work site the horseshoe shaped steel structure was ready to be moved over the canyon at a height of 1200 meter (3937 feet) chasm.