The 10 steps to establishing your Zipline
Zipline installations are highly technical and extremely sophisticated. At Adrenaline we have the know-how and experience to design and build systems even in situations where there are technical problems of various kinds, and to recognise situations where it is not possible to intervene.
An in-depth study is clearly required. For a preliminary feasibility evaluation and to provide a rough estimate of the cost, we ask you to carry out a kind of “self-assessment” of a number of factors. This is how we proceed, step by step.
where to build the Zipline
design your Zipline
apply for permits
planning and permissions
purchase or franchise contract for the construction
construction and certification
Step 1 Where to build the Zipline
The first step is to assess the location where you want to build your Zipline. For obvious reasons, we advise you to choose a site that is easily accessible. After that, the important factors to consider are the morphology of the terrain and the slope between the two support structures.
We will demonstrate below how to assess the morphology of the terrain, recommended slopes and possible length of your Zipline.
- In this case, the morphology is perfect for setting up a Zip line installation. The terrain does not feature any intermediate obstacles between the stations of departure and arrival, and the last section is at a gradient of between 1 and 3 degrees, allowing the customer to reach the platform.
- In this example, the morphology of the terrain is not suitable for a Zip line installation with a single line, as this would interfere with the intermediate obstacles between the two stations.
- We make a point of limiting damage to the natural setting. We set up our installations in such a way as to best integrate with the environment. The situation shown in the previous image can be easily resolved with an intermediate station that divides the area to be covered into two lines.
This particular configuration of the terrain does not permit the set-up of a Zip line installation.
In this case, the cable is at a constant gradient which would cause the customer to reach too high a speed to come to a gentle stop at the platform. The customer would, therefore, have to brake continuously and this would invariably make for a far less exciting and memorable experience.
In the interest of optimal performance, we recommend a gradient of 1 to 3 degrees or more for the last section of the Zip line. This allows the customer to always reach the platform, even against the wind. Otherwise, this situation makes your installation less productive as the customer recovery times slow down the installation and increase the general discomfort caused by waiting.
What’s the recommended slope and how long can the line be?
If it falls within the green line, the gradient and the length of your Zip line have the ideal building characteristics.
However if you find yourself outside the boundaries determined by the red and orange lines, it will be a tall order to create your project. But do not be discouraged, it is not all lost! Send us an email and together we will try to find a solution in order to build your circuit, overcoming the difficulties of the site you have chosen.
Step 2 Design your Zipline
Ziplines can be built either in natural settings or in urban areas. If yours is an urban project, go straight to step 3. Otherwise, and especially if you want to build in a mountain location, you need to assess the morphology of the terrain.
To do this you need to show us the sites points you’re considering on Google Earth and if possible, indicate the route for your Zipline.
It’s not very exact, but Google Earth is enough for a preliminary technical assessment and to study potential variations for your project. Later on we’ll look at more detailed plans of the landform.
Watch the video tutorial to plan your project on Google Earth. It’s simple.
Step 3 Send documentation
To make a realistic assessment and an initial estimate of the project costs, we ask you to send as much information as possible via the dedicated form, to which you can attach photos and/or videos of the site, contour lines of existing installations, diagrams of artificial structures, GPS coordinates, DWG files, etc.
When you’ve submitted your request, you will receive an email telling you when the study for your project will begin, and you’ll be contacted again as soon as possible.
Step 4 Technical evaluation
In this step we proceed with the initial technical assessment for feasibility of the project. Our engineers will study all the data and material available and will let you know the solution we arrive at.
Step 5 Survey
After doing the initial assessment on paper and a rough estimate free of charge, our experts will need to visit the site chosen for the Zipline construction. This step is crucial because it will allow us to make a specific study of the site, collect all the data required to do a thorough analysis and provide a 360° support service.
At this point the following will be done: a profile of the track with line calculations, defining technical data such as the circuit’s speed, its hourly flow, calculation of the ropes and the type of the brake system. We will process the preliminary designs of what will become the renderings of the platforms, we will establish which anchors to use, and we will estimate the size of the bases. Where possible and/or necessary a drone flown by an authorized pilot will take pictures of the site from above. After evaluating the data obtained during the site visit, we will be able to give you an exact quote for your Zip line.
We offer this service for a payment calculated on the distance of the site from our headquarters and the duration of the survey (from € 3.000).
Remember, though, if the project goes through this payment will be deducted in full from the costs of construction.
It is not a cost, it is an investment that will make your Zipline more efficient and profitable.
Step 6 Rough estimate
When we’ve worked out the best solution for you, we review costs and send you a rough estimate.
Step 7 Apply for Permits
As for any project involving construction work, you have to get permission for a Zipline. Contact your legal advisor to draw up a contract for overflying and parking with the landowners concerned (private or state).
You then need to apply for planning permission. This is not always required, so enquire at the offices of the local authority.
Other places you need to enquire at include authorities responsible for detection of obstacles to air navigation like Ministry of Defence, Maritime authorities, Civil Aviation Authority, etc.
Step 8 Planning and permissions
At this stage we revise the plans, finalising the location of the platforms and anchoring, calculate cables lengths, track profile, etc. We also create a PowerPoint presentation to present to various authorities where you’ll need to request permission to proceed with construction.
Step 9 Purchase or franchising
Phase 9 is where we lay down terms for the purchase (or franchise contract), by entering into a contract for construction of the structure.
Step 10 Realization and certification
Adrenaline works to the “key in hand” formula. This means that when your Zipline is delivered, you’ll have everything you need to start. We take care of testing and certification of the installation, we provide all necessary equipment (harnesses, helmets, pulleys, instructor’s kits, etc.) and organise courses for Zipline staff.
As you can see, setting up a Zipline is quite demanding. It couldn’t be otherwise, given the type of project. But if you choose Adrenaline you’re sure to start out on the right foot, because we support you every step of the way with our experience and skill, and above all, our enthusiasm.