What do you do if you want to cover a silo so that water won't get in? You arrange to have a ‘roof’ placed on it. The latter happened at a major industrial project in Amsterdam.
There a BUWADome, the name for the lightweight silo cover with an aluminum frame and a customized PVC tarpaulin, was mounted on an existing silo. Buwatec did the job together with co-inventor Albers Alligator and Bervoets Montage.
The client in Amsterdam was looking for a suitable way to cover the silo so that it would be completely watertight. The lightweight aluminum frame in combination with a customized PVC tarpaulin was the solution in this case. "For this project, the lightweight cover was built next to the silo, then hoisted on top of the silo with a crane and assembled. It is also possible to build the roof directly from the silo," says the Buwatec team.
The innovative roof system was launched in mid-2019 and in horticulture dozens of roofs have been installed, domestically as well as abroad. The first BUWADome of 2020 is the largest installed so far. The roof in Amsterdam is mounted on a medium-sized silo with a diameter of 12.75 m.
The BUWADome is available for silos with a diameter from 2.01 m to 14.10 m. "New developments are in full swing at the moment, so that in the future the lightweight cover can also be applied to silos with a larger diameter," Buwatec is already looking towards the future.