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Randselva Bridge – Norway (built with no drawings)

Randselva Bridge – Norway (built with no drawings)

Randselva Bridge project in Norway – the 1st world’s longest bridge built with no drawings.

Strukturas is proud to have contributed with one Movable Scaffolding System and two Form Traveller pairs to the construction of the deck of this emblematic bridge.

Nestled in the stunning Norwegian landscape near Hønefoss, this remarkable bridge stands as a testament to a groundbreaking approach that redefines the future of engineering.

Few years have passed since the construction of this architectural marvel began, and throughout this remarkable journey remarkably, NOT A SINGLE PAPER DRAWING WAS USED. In an era where paper drawings have long been the cornerstone of construction, the Randselva Bridge project in Norway represents a journey into uncharted territory.

Randselva bridge project in Norway isn’t just a means of crossing a river; it’s a symbol of innovation and a shining example of what’s achievable when visionary design meets cutting-edge technology. 

Here is the story of the Randselva Bridge, where the absence of paper drawings signifies a bold leap into the future of engineering.


CONCRETE: – 17040m3 (Abutments and Foundations 2 600 m3, Piers 2 540 m3, Decks 11 900 m3)


MILD STEEL: 2 445 ton

COST: 52 M €

Crafting a Vision. The journey of the Randselva Bridge began with a visionary concept design. Architects and designers embarked on a mission to create not just a functional bridge. However, a structure that seamlessly integrated with its stunning natural surroundings. Moreover the design principles prioritized both form and function as well as setting the stage for a bridge that would be as aesthetically pleasing as it was utilitarian.

The Randselva Bridge project in Norway isn’t merely a means of crossing a river; it’s an architectural masterpiece that enhances the landscape. The designers understood the importance of ensuring that the bridge harmonized with the natural beauty of the Norwegian terrain. This commitment to a holistic approach laid the foundation for a truly unique structure.

BIM & Paperless: The Digital Backbone

The project of Randselva bridge embraced a paperless revolution that changed the landscape of construction. In a departure from conventional practices, the entire project was driven by Building Information Modeling (BIM). Evidently this revolutionary approach allowed the project to progress for four years without a single traditional drawing.

BIM became the digital backbone of the Randselva Bridge, facilitating collaboration, communication, and decision-making. It streamlined information transfer, ensuring that everyone involved, from architects to contractors, had access to real-time data. The result was unparalleled efficiency and precision in construction.

The success of the Randselva Bridge project was a result of close cooperation among professionals from different countries. Leveraging the latest communication and data sharing technologies, they created a bridge that transcended boundaries.

Participants that use the BIM model

Oslo, Norway – BIM model coordination and quality control,

Copenhagen, Denmark – Parametric design, reinforcement,

Tampere, Finland – Parametric design, form and post-tensioning,

Katowice, Poland – Tekla reinforcement.

Bridging the Gap. One of the key factors that contributed to the success of the Randselva Bridge project, was the early involvement of contractors, as well as bridge building equipment suppliers.

Construction Method based on rule: Minimum Labor, Maximum Machinery

The Norway’s Randselva Bridge project proved a paradigm shift in the construction industry by embracing the philosophy of “minimum labor, maximum machinery.” Traditionally, bridge construction heavily relied on manual labor. However, this project recognized the advantages of mechanized construction methods.

Mechanized construction not only saved labor but also mitigated risks, shortened project duration, and improved safety and quality. It revolutionized the way bridges were built, leading to greater efficiency and precision.

Randselva bridge Norway
Randselva bridge Norway

STRUKTURAS tailored input with MSS and FT Construction Methods

Challenges and solutions:

  • Long spans for MSS with 3 spans of 60m and first span with 48 m. lead to very optimized MSS design.
  • Not much space for assembly at the first span. STRUKTURAS underslung MSS solution with assembly behind the abutment was used. MSS was launched into the first span.
  • The railroad (with traffic) goes diagonally under the bridge at the second span, which makes it impossible to use a traditional scaffolding.
  • The slope is big at the third and fourth spans with difficult support conditions for traditional scaffolding, nevertheless It was not the restriction for MSS.
  • Pier at axis 4 is 40m high. STRUKTURAS MSS Supporting Bracket system with block outs in the piers for load transfer to piers was used.
  • Small horizontal radius -1050 m. STRUKTURAS MSS includes the formwork which is made to adapt a small horizontal radius. However the launching of the MSS at small horizontal radius is possible due to rotation of the noses.
  • Difficult dismantling after finishing the fourth and last concreting between axis 4/5. The costs for dismantling was kept low by lifting up the MSS on the finished deck and transport back to the abutment for transport.


Revolutionizing Construction: STRUKTURAS spearheaded the transformation of construction methods by introducing advanced MSS and FT technologies. It allowed for a dramatic reduction in labor while maximizing the utilization of machinery.

Maximizing Efficiency: STRUKTURAS delivered 2 pairs of FT and 1 Underslung MSS for 60m spans inclusive assembly, operation and dismantling of the MSS.

Precise Execution: STRUKTURAS involvement ensured precise execution at every stage of construction.

Safety and Quality: STRUKTURAS prioritized safety and quality throughout the planning phase. Their input led to the development of construction methods that not only accelerated the project but also enhanced safety standards and overall quality.

Aquilino Raimundo, construction methods expert at Strukturas as, comments as follows: “The collaborative partnership between the designers, contractor and STRUKTURAS, with a significant focus on advancing MSS and FT construction methods showcased how early contractor involvement can lead to visionary designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing but, as a matter of fact, also constructible, efficient, and  innovative in construction.”

STRUKTURAS Integrated Services On-Site

From Supervision to Cambering. STRUKTURAS involvement extended beyond equipment supply. They offered integrated services on-site, ensuring that every aspect of construction was executed with precision. From supervision and mobilization to assembly, launching, and cambering, STRUKTURAS played a vital role in every stage of construction.

Øyvind Karlsen , comments: “The sum of the complex factors from the geometry of the Randselva bridge made the MSS technology from STRUKTURAS perfect. Our integrated services were crucial in ensuring that the project proceeded smoothly”.


The Randselva Bridge stands as a remarkable testament to what can be achieved with visionary design, cutting-edge technology, and global collaboration converge. With a focus on innovative construction methods, the bridge industry is transitioning towards mechanized construction, enhancing efficiency, safety, and quality.

As we look to the future, the lessons from the Randselva Bridge project inspire us to push the boundaries of engineering and redefine what’s possible in bridge construction. It’s a reminder that the future of engineering is not bound by paper but driven by innovation and collaboration.

Norway Randselva bridge
Norway Randselva bridge
Norway Randselva bridge
Norway Randselva bridge
Youtube video

The bellow YouTube video explains in detail the Randselva Bridge design and construction as a Drawing Free Project.

Credits: Ministry of Bridges

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