February 06, 2014

Welcome, engineers and certain others!

This is a blog for people interested in pedestrian bridges and marine access structures, such as docks , piers and gangways. Civil, mechanical, structural and environmental engineers are welcome here.  We hope purchasing specialists, park officials, marina and golf course managers, and landscape architects, will hang out with us, too. Sorry, we have little to offer chemists, statisticians and pilots!

We design and manufacture bridges, docks and gangways.  Our material of choice is aluminum.  Not steel, concrete, wood, plastic, or Bondo—at GatorDocks and GatorBridges, aluminum is king!

Why is aluminum the best building material for pedestrian bridges and marine access structures?  Here’s a snapshot of aluminum’s key advantages:

  • Aluminum is strong and durable.  Its superior high strength-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for these applications. 
  • Aluminum is easy to maintain due to its natural protective coating and corrosion resistance. It won't crack like concrete, rust like steel or rot like wood.
  • Because aluminum is lightweight, it less expensive than heavier materials to transport.
  • Lightweight aluminum can be brought into remote locations without damaging sensitive environments, such as trails and marshland.

Watch this blog if you’re looking for ideas on how to capture all the performance advantages of aluminum.   No BS, no brochure copy, no simultaneous equations. Rather, we’ll try to intrigue you with sound reasoning and real-world cases of how aluminum makes good business sense—written for engineers, executives, and the organizations you serve.  

We’ll try to leave you with a smile.  You might be an engineer if:

  • Your idea of good interpersonal communication is to get the decimal point in the right place.
  • After your spouse loads the dishwasher, you rearrange it to achieve optimum water flow dynamics.
  • You enjoy conversations that start with “What if…” (As in, “What if you could dramatically slash the lifecycle cost of your next bridge or marine access project?”)


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