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Flat tops power up Large-capacity tower cranes used to be hammerheads or luffers. Now flat-top tower cranes are increasing their lifting power and finding new applications. Julian Champkin reports.
Family business Spanish crane operator Grúas Rigar has relocated one of the three tower cranes at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona using a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane.
High demand for high capacity tower cranes The global tower crane market is shifting towards bigger equipment to satisfy the demand for lifting heavy loads and gaining productivity. Paola De Pascali reports
The Real deal Eight years is a long time in any walk of life. The construction of the Bridge of the 1812 Constitution in Spain is no different and as a result, efficient, effective and reliable crane equipment was essential. A duo of Linden Comansa 21LC400 tower cranes were present throughout the project, which opened to the public in September of last year.
A new luffer, better than the old luffer? New York’s tightly packed and quickly built skyscrapers, busy streets, patchy electricity, and maze of subways combine to make lifting in city uniquely challenging and highly regulated. As the NYC Department of Buildings seeks to restrict the use of older cranes, the diesel luffers that dominate the city’s skyline face new competition. Will North reports.
A 34 storey roof extension A Potain MR 415 crane has been erected on top of an existing building in Chicago to overcome space restrictions in the US city.
Dolomite dam Saez’s Italian dealer supplied a new TLS 70 12t flat top tower crane for work on the Vodo di Cadore dam.
High speed Hamburg turnaround Easy setup made two Terex flat-top cranes an ideal choice for Proschwitz, on a job for Köster in Hamburg’s busy and cramped St Pauli Landungsbrücken Piers.
Tallest tower Set up on the top of Germany’s tallest peak, the Zugspitze, a Liebherr 150 EC-B flat top will temporarily be the highest object in the country.
High power on a slim tower Level 10 Construction is using a slim but powerful Wolff 700B on hire from Maxim to build one of San Francisco’s tallest buildings, 181 Fremont Street.
Towers on track In the years running up to the global financial crisis, Arcomet’s family owners, the Theyskens, had built up an impressive fleet around the world. However, when the market dropped off, they found themselves struggling with debt. New investors took control of the company, restructured its debt, and brought in Philippe Cohet from Manitowoc, to get the business back on track. Will North spoke to Cohet during Intermat.
A rare breed of Lion Former Wolffkran sales manager Claus Hartmann has developed a range of specialist tower cranes. Heinz-Gert Kessel reports.
Builders think big Manufactuers have made the world’s largest tower cranes adaptable to more sites, and builders are using them on large buildings. Cristina Brooks reports.
UK heavy lift and transport specialist ALE has opened its first office in Iraq, in the southeastern city of Basra. Although the firm has had a presence in the...
Vertical Vienna Liebherr tower cranes advance on two major construction sites within Vienna, Austria, with the construction of the new University of Economics and Business, called “Campus WU”, and the Central Station.
Careful climbing Climbing a tower crane to increase its height relies on meticulous planning, good communication and the skill and dedication of the erection team, if it is to be completed without mishap. The consequences of a collapse are often loss of life, delays to construction programs, criminal prosecutions, loss of reputation and massive costs for all involved. Cristina Brooks reports
On schedule in Sakhalin Aker Solutions is using five Potain tower cranes to help it keep to tight deadlines as it builds a gravity base structure for Exxon Neftegas at Russia’s Sakhalin Island.
Wolffkran heads for Mecca Wolffkran has supplied 44 cranes for the construction of 1,000,000 sq m of accommodation for pilgrims to the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.