To guarantee safe landings and take-offs, Runway 25 at Brussels Airport is being renovated completely. To limit the closure and the impact of the works, the specialists of Willemen Infra and Top-Off are on the job 24/7. To succeed within the limited time frame, they receive assistance from Topcon.
Runway 25 is 3.3 kilometers long and 45 meters wide. The last time it was renovated was in 1996. Over almost the entire surface of the runway, the top layers of asphalt have to be milled and replaced. The runway’s lighting system (including cabling) also has to be replaced, as well as the drainage system.
“We are renovating the runway, including its shoulders and crossings,” says John Vastmans, CEO at Top-Off. “We are placing two new layers of asphalt on it. 222,000 square meters, about 60,000 tons. This has to be 90% done within five days. That is to say: we are milling at a rate of more than 10,000 tons a day.”
And so, both while cutting the existing asphalt layer and rolling out the new surface, time is of the essence.