High Rope Courses

Structural analysis of a High Rope Course, Flying Fox | Zip Line

We have calculated numerous structural analyses for high rope courses and zip lines worldwide. To be able to realize extremely filigree, light and incredibly slender structures, steel in combination with wood are used as materials. Thus we can ensure a maximum number of climbing section while achieving a maximum of flexibility at the same time.

For our customer we developed a modular structural analysis that covers a wide range of geometries concerning the outline and height of the high rope course. Our system is optimized statically in a manner that large viewing platforms can be installed even in regions with strong wind, for instance Cuba or Tenerife. Even in earthquake areas like Japan the stability of a high rope course was investigated and proven.

An important point for an accurate, realistic and economic design is the proper investigation of the wind velocity and its corresponding pressure. The analysis of the eigenfrequency plays a decisive role, too, and is an integral part of our structural analysis in order to examine the oscillation behaviour and to exclude negative effects on the limit states of strength and performance capability. Therefore the correct mapping of the stiffness of the whole system, its components and connections as well as of the foundations in the static system is crucial for predicting the load bearing behaviour of the high rope course. Here, a great deal of experience is required.

An exciting challenge in these projects is the integration of the high rope course into the landscape and the local conditions as it is often the case that our clients want to realise their project at outstanding locations such as coastal or mountain landscapes. Examples of our showpiece projects are the high rope course in the north of Cuba, the climbing structure in London, Lakeside which is located on a island and only accessible via a zip line. The B&W engineering company is also proud of the realisation of a high rope course on the “Four Elements Deck” of the new luxury cruise ship AIDA Prima. Here a close cooperation with the Japanese engineers was required to model and take into account the effect of warping of the ship’s hall in case of strong swell. A fascinating insight into the structure with its bearing columns of the high rope course is given by the following video AIDAprima.