Tall Structures

Silos - Design & Construction


There are many factors to consider when designing a silo including the materials to be stored and equipment and material handling requirements.

The design of the silo walls are generally very straight forward but the internal cones and floors require considerable engineering expertise and experience. Current technology often requires inverted concrete cones and we have developed a precast system with external concrete stitching to achieve a finished cone in the minimum time period. Steel cones require particular experience to achieve an economic design which would give consideration to fabrication and installation.

Materials & Methods of Construction:

  • Traditional Reinforcing
  • Reinforced Concrete with Post-Tensioning
  • Jumpform & Slipform Construction
  • Stand Alone Silos
  • Ganged Silos

Advantages of Reinforced Concrete:

  • Increased longevity and durability
  • Environmental protection of stored product
  • Impact resistant
  • Resistant to catastrophic failures
  • Eliminates the need for large (and expensive) cranes for erection
  • Better protection of mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Ability to strengthen later for new applications using post-tensioning
  • No height or diameter limitations
  • Eliminates initial and frequent painting costs
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Storage Silo Construction

Materials Stored:

  • Cement
  • Gypsum
  • Fly Ash
  • Grains/Feeds/Meals
  • Limestone
  • Waste Water
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Wood Waste

Industries Served:

  • Power
  • Agricultural
  • Cement
  • Biomass
  • Waste Water
  • Mining/Materials