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Lift to experience
A full range of crane rigging and attachments were on show at the recent LiftEx show in Liverpool, UK. Daniel Searle attended to see the latest developments.
USA projects round up
This month we review projects from Washington, Tennessee, Georgia.
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.
Go Forth and conquer
The Queensferry Crossing, a replacement road bridge at the Forth Bridge site, is set to be completed and ready for traffic by the end of 2016.
East meets west
The Chinese crane and construction sectors are following the country’s economy and developing quickly. Daniel Searle spoke to Terex’s management about the directions in which the Chinese market is heading.
The land of opportunity
It’s all change in China, with technology evolving, economic growth slowing, and opportunities for domestic and international crane manufacturers alike. Daniel Searle reports from Beijing.
Hong Kong connection
Contractor Dragages has employed two Yongmao flat-top tower cranes at a road bridge project, being completed on behalf of the highway department of the Hong Kong government.
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.
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.
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.
Saez’s Italian dealer supplied a new TLS 70 12t flat top tower crane for work on the Vodo di Cadore dam.
China projects round up
This month we review projects from Shandong, Macau, Jiangsu, Hong Kong.
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.
GMVykon supplies hydraulic cranes in eastern Mexico from its Monterrey base, and is looking to expand its fleet, as well as its rigging business.
The new word in safety
The Crane Association of New Zealand’s Crane Safety Manual has been published since 1978. At this year’s CANZ conference in Tauranga, the association launched a third, major, revision to the manual. Rod Auton, chief executive of CANZ, told Will North what’s new.
Burden of proof
When CICA surveyed its members last year, they said that one of the main challenges they faced was Australia’s major inspection programme, which often requires full strip down structural checks on 10-year-old cranes. CICA CEO Brandon Hitch told Will North how an upgraded electronic version of the association’s CraneSafe independent third party scheme will assist members to prove that the crane has been regularly inspected, monitoring the need for expensive structural checks.
Still the lucky country?
Arriving at the recent CICA Crane conference in Perth, Western Australia, Stuart Anderson expected a lot of long faces and sob stories. Instead, he found crane users and dealers fairly upbeat.
Great British take-off
The UK crane rental market is enjoying a strong period, driven by the burgeoning construction sector and resulting in new projects and fleet investments. Daniel Searle reports.
Thai and mighty
Two Linden Comansa tower cranes are constructing a skyscraper in Bangkok, set to be 314m high when completed and already the tallest building in Thailand.
Lightweight crane pads for heavy support
Solum has developed a range of aluminium outrigger pads, reducing the weight of the units and providing a fully recyclable product.
Pole position for outrigger pads
Specialised outrigger pads, similar to those manufactured for mobile cranes, are being used in the Antarctic to prevent a research facility from sinking into the snow.