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Toni el Suizo






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  • 1. The Life and Work of Toni Rüttimann “ El Suizo” – “The Swiss” Presented by Luke Hansen
  • 2. Who is Toni “the Swiss”?
    • Toni the Swiss is a humanitarian civil engineer and bridge-builder
    • His mission: Improving the daily lives of impoverished populations by building bridges
    • With limited means, he spearheads ambitious projects throughout Latin America and now Asia
  • 3. How did Toni get started?
    • 1987 – Voyaged to Ecuador after an earthquake; he saw the devastation after bridges were destroyed
    • Became determined to build sustainable pedestrian bridges throughout Latin America and the developing world
    • Developed a method to construct suspension bridges by hand with community involvement and donated materials
  • 4. Suspension footbridge in Kampong Pil, Cambodia; Completed 2001, 93 m span
  • 5. How does Toni choose sites?
    • Toni evaluates villages that are suffering for lack of a bridge.
    • Toni engages the communities in implementing bridge projects.
    • The personal involvement of community members ensures the success and long term sustainability of the project.
  • 6. Who has benefited from Toni’s bridges?
    • It is estimated that Toni’s bridges have improved the lives of over 600,000 people.
    • Toni has built bridges in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cambodia, & Vietnam
  • 7. Toni & community members constructing a bridge in Latin America
  • 8. What types of bridges does Toni build?
    • Toni builds pedestrian suspension bridges.
    • Typical span of 50 to 100 m
    • The longest span is 264 m
    • Toni has constructed over 230 of these bridges
  • 9. Why suspension bridges?
    • Suspension bridges can be constructed relatively cheaply compared to other bridge types.
    • Bridge elements can be fabricated off-site and quickly erected.
    • Bridges can be constructed without heavy lifting equipment.
  • 10. San Miguel, Honduras; 80 m span
  • 11. Santa Barbara, Honduras 74 m span
  • 12. How much does a bridge cost?
    • Toni says his organization pays $500 for each bridge (mostly for transportation)
    • Other materials (wood, concrete) are provided by the communities (approx. $500 value)
    • Oil companies and armies sometimes provide transportation services
  • 13. What materials does Toni use?
    • Toni’s suspension bridges are constructed with steel pylons and steel cables.
    • Much of the materials are piping and cables that have been discarded by the oil industry.
    • All other materials are provided by the communities benefiting from the bridge
  • 14. Toni’s Implementation Method: Transportation & Labor
    • Transportation:
    • Bridge materials are transported to the site by truck and then carried on the backs of helpers
    • Labor:
    • Toni’s labor force comes from the surrounding community. People help by cutting wood, carrying stones, and more
  • 15. Toni’s Implementation Method: Timeline
    • Planning:
    • Bridge layout is planned and marked
    • Excavation:
    • Community members excavate for foundations and gather sand and stone for concrete
    • Tower fabrication:
    • Bridge elements are usually welded off-site by Toni’s assistants
  • 16. Toni’s Implementation Method: Timeline
    • Erection:
    • Towers are erected in foundations and set in concrete
    • Cables:
    • The main cables are strung and hangers are clamped on.
    • Deck
    • The bridge deck is assembled from wood cut by the community members
  • 17. Toni’s assistant Walter welding a bridge anchor
  • 18. Sources
    • Overview
    • http://www.mostypolskie.pl/Abstracts/01%20Introduction%20and% 20scope/Ruttimann.pdf
    • Kampong Pil Bridge: http://www.structurae.net/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0005218
    • “ Building Bridges of Hope, Recovery, and Love”:
    • http://web.archive.org/web/20040217193011/cleo.eng.monash.edu.au/articles/Ruttimann.htm
    • “ Toni El Suizo”:
    • http://epcollines.ecolevs.ch/sitetoni.htm
    • Sigus News:
    • http://web.mit.edu/sigus/www/NEW/news.htm