Fun in the Sun at Hexagon Wake Park

RBE's most recently completed commercial structure project involved a quick turnaround for reanalyzing a set of six towers supporting a new overheard cableski system for Hexagon Wake Park at Tucker Lake in Benson, NC. The new system provides entertainment for watersport enthusiasts of all ages and skill.

Tucker Lake has been open to the public for more than 20 years as a recreational park. With boat rentals, waterslide, picnic areas, and a beach, the park serves families as summer entertainment only half an hour away from Raleigh, Clayton, Fayetteville, Clinton, and Smithfield. Tucker Lake provides 30 acres of clear, spring fed water.

Hexagon Wake Park at Tucker Lake, which opened July 2012, is intended primarily for “cable wakeboarding”. The cable system for the park was imported from Germany, but a North Carolina professional engineer’s approval was required prior to the park’s opening to the public. RBE was asked by Westpine Builders to provide a structural analysis of the towers that support and pull the cable system.
The new cable system at Hexagon Wake Park at Tucker Lake gives many watersport enthusiasts in North Carolina an environmentally friendly alternative for practicing their sport that doesn’t require owning a boat and gasoline. The six towers and mechanical equipment for this system were designed by German company Sesitec who has designed over 100 of this type system, including permanent and portable versions. The six towers at Hexagon Wake Park are spread around the perimeter of the wakeboard course and act as supports for the cable system that pulls users around the lake.
We built models of the towers in RISA-3D to perform a detailed evaluation of the cable support system. Our models verified that the towers adequately support design loads as designed. With our experience in 3D modeling, we were able to provide a quick turnaround on the project so that the park could open almost immediately. Hexagon Wake Park is now open to the public at Tucker Lake in Benson, NC.

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Posted: July 18, 2012 by Jessica Rigdon | with 0 comments
Tagged as: community, NorthCarolina, structural, watersports

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