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02
Nov

2017

Doppelmayr Showcases New Urban Gondolas in Oakland and Busan

WIR Issue 3 2017. Image from Doppelmayr.

The world’s largest ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, has recently released its latest customer magazine, WIR Issue 3. The publication is one of the industry’s top magazines which tracks many of the latest developments happening in the world of cable cars.

In this year’s third edition, Doppelmayr documents not only the company’s commitment to quality, but showcases how urban gondolas are enhancing recreational and transportation opportunities for visitors in Oakland, Busan and London.

Busan Air Cruise. Image from Doppelmayr.

Busan Air Cruise

South Korea’s Daewon Plus collaborated with Doppelmayr to open the country’s first ropeway that travels directly over an ocean. Known as the Busan Air Cruise, the new D-Line cable car delivers passengers to Songdo Beach, one of Busan’s most popular landmarks. Thanks to Doppelmayr’s innovative Recovery Concept system, passenger safety is maximized. This safety mechanism features a series of redundant drive-line systems that ensures the cabins will return to a station in the event of a mechanical or electrical failure of the primary drive-line.

With a vertical rise of 54m, riders can enjoy scenic views of the sea and coastline. For an even more exciting trip, users can hop onboard one of the thirteen glass bottom cabins. During its first weekend, the gondola was met with great fanfare and transported 25,000 passengers! To complement a visitor’s overall experience, tourists can visit Songdo Doppelmayr World, the country’s first museum dedicated to ropeway technology.

Oakland Zoo Gondola. Image from Doppelmayr.

Oakland Zoo 

Doppelmayr USA was chosen to build the new 561m long gondola which leads to the Oakland Zoo’s 56-acre expansion site. The fully ADA-compliant system has level platform loading/unloading so users of all mobility levels can easily board a cabin to visit the new California Trail and hilltop restaurant.

With the gondola’s safari-style bar windows, visitors will have great viewing opportunities of native animal species which include grizzly bears, mountain lions and buffaloes. During inclement weather, a lightweight polycarbonate panel can be placed over the cabin’s bars to protect passengers from rain, wind and cold. Riders can enjoy ample comfort in the spacious Omega IV LIW tall cabins designed by CWA.

Emirates Air Line. Image from Doppelmayr.

Emirates Air Line

Since the Emirates Air Line cable car was inaugurated in June 2012, London’s first urban gondola has exceeded all user and operator expectations. The system has logged 26,500 operating hours and transported 8.5 million passengers with a 99.94% availability rate.

With these impressive results, not only has it surpassed all contractual obligations and industry benchmarks, it has made the cable car the most popular transport mode in the entire Transport for London (TfL) network. As a partner dedicated to safety and excellence, TfL renewed its trust and commitment towards Doppelmayr by renewing its operating contract for five more years.

More exciting developments, such as Doppelmayr’s new headquarters and ski lifts in Sweden, are discussed thoroughly in WIR Issue 3/2017. To learn more about these products and services, please click here.

 

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14
Sep

2017

Doppelmayr Trains Next Generation of Ropeway Specialists

Doppelmayr’s new apprentices for 2017. Image from Doppelmayr.

A new team of students officially began their apprenticeship this month at Doppelmayr’s headquarters in Wolfurt, Austria. As part of their vocational training, 34 young men and women will learn the ins and outs of ropeway design through educational programs related to electrical engineering, metalworking, mechanical engineering, mechatronics and machining engineering.

With the additional students from the 2017 class, a record 104 apprentices are now honing their craft at Doppelmayr. Apprenticeships are a longstanding tradition at the world’s largest ropeway company and have been instrumental to its success since the business was established in 1893. Company founder, Konrad Doppelmayr, himself was an apprentice to a village blacksmith during the early stages of his career.

These students, at just 15 or 16 years old, spend one day at school and four days at Doppelmayr. For many of them, these apprenticeships are the start of an exciting and rewarding career in the cable car industry. For those interested in training with Doppelmayr, please contact Mrs. Renate Prinz from Apprentice Training by telephone (05574/604-1059) or email (renate.prinz@doppelmayr.com).

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23
Aug

2017

Doppelmayr Builds China’s First Tricable Gondola

Lushan Tricable Gondola. Image by Doppelmayr.

Thanks to the ropeway experts at Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, China’s first tricable gondola (3S) has started operations on the famous Lushan/Mount Lushan in Jiangxi province. Renowned for its natural beauty and historical significance, the mountain was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Mount Lushan is a prominent getaway for tourists year round, but is particularly popular during the summer months when visitors travel there to escape the heat and enjoy the cool weather.

With the new ropeway, visitors now have safe, scenic and environmentally-friendly transport to Mount Lushan in just seven and a half minutes. Before the cable car was constructed, tourists had to travel via a winding 15-kilometre mountain road.

Lushan Tricable Gondola. Image by Doppelmayr.

The 2,864m ropeway was built with an initial capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction (29 thirty passenger cabins) but can be expanded in the future to 4,000 passengers per hour per direction (39 thirty passenger cabins). The ability to expand will allow system operators to accommodate future visitorship growth.

To ensure the World Heritage Site status and environment is not impacted, the tricable gondola simply glides over the protected area with an unsupported rope span nearing 1,600 meters in length! Due to the incredible technological capabilities of 3S technology, it was the only ropeway type that could satisfy local design conditions while providing the necessary transport capacities.

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20
Jun

2017

Doppelmayr Connect



Doppelmayr and its team of designers have pooled together their collective experience to create a new and innovative ropeway control system — Doppelmayr Connect.

This state-of-the-art product was crafted around the needs and tasks of the user, culminating in a control system that is intuitive, ergonomic, informative, and reliable. To create a superior control system, Doppelmayr’s team of experts placed themselves in the shoes of ropeway staff involved in day-to-day operations of a cable car.

Doppelmayr Connect’s control units are designed with a consistent operating logic helping streamline and simplify operator and lift attendant duties. The control interface is structured in a user-friendly tile format, thereby enabling straightforward system navigation and reducing training time.

Innovative control systems. Image by Doppelmayr.

Features of Doppelmayr Connect. Image by Doppelmayr.

The main screen is designed so that important information related to rope speed, wind values and errors always remains in view, even if the operator navigates to other menus. The 21.5 inch touchscreen tablet displays data in a logical manner which allows for optimal functionality. To enhance safety and troubleshooting, electronic manuals and circuit diagrams are all incorporated into the system design.

“What sets this control system apart is the entirely straightforward and user-friendly touchscreen operation – next to the control panel on the station operator’s desk. The touchscreen gives you a very good overview of the key ropeway data and display values you need for operation purposes. The visualization with texts and images is also helpful as it really simplifies troubleshooting. Another great advantage is that alternative measures are suggested immediately with the deactivation concept.”

Georg Zeller, Operations Manager, Skiliftgesellschaft Hochfügen GmbH

Controls are constructed with high quality and sturdy materials which has been tried and tested to perform in any weather condition. Doppelmayr Connect is an integral part in helping ropeway systems enhance their operations.

To learn more about the latest innovations found in Doppelmayr Connect, please click here.


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16
May

2017

Doppelmayr Annual Brochure 2017

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group Worldwide 2017 Annual Brochure.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of passenger ropeways, has published their highly anticipated 2017 Annual Brochure. For this year’s report, over 100 installations have been documented alongside spectacular visuals.

A total of 84 customers around the world chose the world-renowned technical experts at Doppelmayr to construct 3 Funicular Railways; 6 Reversible Aerial Tramways; 29 Detachable Gondola Lifts; 28 Detachable Chairlifts; 17 Fixed-Grip Chairlifts; 19 Surface Lifts; 2 RopeCons; and 1 Monorack.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa ropeways are found in 91 countries.

While each ropeway is a unique system in and of itself, we’ve hand picked a few honourable mentions with relevancy to city-building and design excellence.

100-FUL Lugano Citta-Stazione FFS

100-FUL Lugano-Citta Stazione FFS

Since the Lugano Citta-Statzione Funicular was originally built in 1886 to provide service between the historic downtown to the city’s main railway station, the funicular remains one of Switzerland’s busiest bottom-supported cable systems.

To increase capacity and improve passenger service, the funicular was overhauled in 2016 by Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The company was responsible for project planning, engineering, and, delivery and installation of all the electromechanical equipment (including cabins).

Thanks to the modernization program, the 206m funicular can now transport 2,240 passengers per hour.

10-MGD Linea Azul I and 10-MDG Linea Azul II

10-MGD Linea Azul 1 and 10-MDG Linea Azul II

Linea Azul (English: Blue Line) is the fourth urban transit cable car in La Paz-El Alto’s Mi Teleférico network and the first ropeway for Phase 2. While technically it is built as two independent rope lines, the cable car has been designed so that passengers can seamlessly travel from terminal to terminal without having to change systems.

The cable car’s rope was installed using a drone technique specifically designed for Doppelmayr. The drone, known as an Octocopter, carried and strung an auxiliary cable, which in turn was used to install the final rope. The flexibility and compact size of the drone is an ideal solution for complex urban environments.

At a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction, the 5km system greatly enhances transport for those living in El Alto. It flies above Latin America’s biggest street market and connects students to University UPEA. For even greater convenience and connectivity, the system has been integrated with Linea Roja (English: Red Line).

6-MGD Wynn Palace Skycab

6-MGD Wynn Palace Skycab

The opulent Wynn Palace casino and resort in Cotai, Macau features a luxurious 6-person gondola that transports guests around the venue’s 3.25ha Performance Lake.

Climbing to heights of 30m, guests are afforded aerial views of a dazzling light and water shows at the lake. The gondola travels in an unidirectional, circular route with two customized golden dragon towers. To maximize comfort, ride experience and safety, the gondola is equipped with air-conditioning, LED night illumination, a communication system and CCTV.

Doppelmayr was able to meet the client’s stringent technical requirements with the implementation of a newly designed mounting system. Simply put, this mounting system ensures that adjacent rooms connected to the gondola experience zero noise and vibrations. Reduced sound and vibration emissions ensures a more pleasant and undisturbed visit for guests.

10-MGD Giggojochbahn

10-MGD Giggojochbahn

The new 2,648m Giggojoch cable car is built with Doppelmayr’s next generation of ropeway solutions, the D-Line. At a line capacity of 4,500 passengers per hour per direction, it is the world’s highest capacity monocable detachable gondola.

A total of 134 cabins transport skiers at speeds of 6.5m/s (23.4km/h) from Sölden to Giggojoch. Thanks to Doppelmayr’s innovative D-Line solutions, passengers experience top ride comfort onboard a ultramodern cable car.

230-ATW Ha Long Queen Cable Car

230-ATW Ha Long Queen Cable Car

The 2,165m Ha Long Queen Cable Car in northern Vietnam crosses the world famous Ha Long Bay en route to an observation wheel. Passengers board the ropeway in Bai Chay district in Ha Long City before taking flight to the top of Ba Deo Hill.

The aerial tram simultaneously set two new ropeway records for tallest tower and largest cabin. Its double decker carriers were designed by CWA and can accommodate up to 230 passengers. Furthermore, as the number 8 is considered lucky in Vietnam, Doppelmayr/Garaventa was able to precisely design a record setting tower at 188.8m.

This demonstrates how Doppelmayr/Garaventa is up to task to satisfy any technical and cultural requirements of a ropeway project. The aerial tram was built in just 19 months, and adheres to all the applicable European standards/codes (CEN standards) for ropeway construction.

To read and learn more about Doppelmayr’s cable installations from 2016, please click here.


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21
Mar

2017

Doppelmayr Builds La Paz-El Alto’s Fourth Urban Cable Car: Blue Line (Línea Azul)

The Blue Line inaugurated in El Alto with much anticipation and excitement. Image by Doppelmayr.

The Blue Line (Línea Azul) opened for passenger service with large celebrations around the city. Image by Doppelmayr.

Thanks to Doppelmayr Group, the world’s biggest urban cable car network (Mi Teleférico) in La Paz-El Alto is continuing to expand at record pace. On March 3, 2017, the 5-station Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Azul) opened for passenger service and extended rapid transit service into the highland communities of El Alto.

Built as the City’s fourth urban gondola, the 4.9km system is Mi Teleférico’s longest cable car system. The new gondola is directly connected with the existing Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) and provides a speedy and comfortable 20 minute aerial ride to the Jach’a Qhathu station.

With this new link, passengers can easily access the services, jobs and amenities located throughout La Paz and El Alto without the need to sit in the congested and narrow roadways underneath.

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Blue Line (Línea Azul). Image by Doppelmayr.

The ropeway is the start of La Paz-El Alto’s formidable Phase II plans which totals $450 million and six urban cable cars. When Phase II is completed, the two Bolivian cities will be served by over 30km of urban gondolas and 26 stations!

10-MGD Blue Line (Section 1) 

Owner: Mi Teleférico
Location: El Alto (BOL)
Inclined Length: 3,170m
Vertical Rise: -40m
Capacity: 3,000 pphpd
Carriers: 136 ten-passenger cabins
Speed: 5.0 m/s
Trip Time: 13.62 min


10-MGD Blue Line (Section 2) 

Owner: Mi Teleférico
Location: El Alto (BOL)
Inclined Length: 1,723m
Vertical Rise: -21m
Capacity: 3,000 pphpd
Carriers: 72 ten-passenger cabins
Speed: 5.0 m/s
Trip Time: 7.17 min

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23
Nov

2016

Doppelmayr Group Increases Sales Revenues by 5%

10-MGD-Mellaubahn

10-MGD-Mellaubahn in Austria laid foundation for Doppelmayr’s international success. Image by Doppelmayr.

Doppelmayr, the world’s largest manufacturer of ropeways, has ended off an incredibly successful financial year (2015/2016) with sales of 834 million euros. Compared to the year before, sales increased by 5% while the company’s global workforce increased to 2,673 employees.

As the world industry leader, Doppelmayr has continued to raise the bar on ropeway innovation by introducing its new D-Line product offering. The D-Line is the next-generation of cable car designs resulting in greater performance, speed and capacity.

In 2017, Doppelmayr will continue to set new records. A 7,900m 3S gondola in Hòn Thơm, Vietnam is scheduled to open while the world’s largest urban gondola network in La Paz-El Alto embarks on its second phase.

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