Dubai is no stranger to world records, in fact it appears that Dubai wants to be the destination for all of the world's structural records. The title of world's tallest is never an easy title to own. Competing building projects are always watching and attempting to go higher. Just like the Burj Khalifa the official height of that building was kept as secret as the Coca-Cola recipe until it was nearly complete. And, if you do become the world's tallest then it is only a matter of time before the next project comes along and out does you. For example, see what's happening now in the arena for tallest wood building. As Dubai has done in the past with the Burj Khalifa, they did not look to build a new high rise that was just a few feet taller than the last one, they looked to build the tallest possible building at the time. That put the Burj about 320 meters taller than any other skyscraper, and their newest attraction, The Dubai Eye, will be no different.
The High Roller Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas, which tops out at 550 feet tall, currently holds the record for the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The High Roller was completed in March of 2014 and made it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world by just 9 feet. The builders of the Dubai Eye are not just looking to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, but to b low all other Ferris wheels out of the water. The Dubai Eye will be 165 feet (50 meters) taller than the High Roller. As if this wasn't enough, the Dubai Eye will also take their Ferris wheel one step further by adding a 165 foot LED screen to the center of the wheel that will broadcast movies, ads, and interactive information. This will be able to be seen from the highly popular Jumeirah Beach, which is where the top picture is taken from. The Eye will have 48 luxury capsules holding 1,400 visitors.
Below are some of the pictures we took of the building site of the Eye on our recent trip to Dubai (click the arrows to scroll through the slide show)
The Dubai Eye will sit amongst the $1.6 billion Bluewaters Island Development, which includes the creation of a new island, retail, hotels, residential housing, as well as hospitality and entertainment.
The Dubai Eye is not out of the woods yet, though. New York is looking to build a mega-tall ferris wheel as well. The New York Wheel plans to reach a height of 630 feet or roughly a 60 story attraction. The New York Wheel is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the Dubai Eye in 2016. So there is still time for New York to pull a rabbit out of their hat and trump Dubai. What's another 60 feet, right? I have a feeling that won't happen as Mammoet-Starneth, LLC is the designer and manufacturer for both the Dubai Eye and New York Wheel projects. It may be safe to say there are not very many engineering firms that specialize in mega-wheels.
Below is a video of the development of the Dubai Eye. Once complete, it will certainly provide a one-of-a-kind view and experience for visitors of Dubai.
Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and landed in South Florida a little over a week ago, sadly killing at least 50 people in Florida and causing plenty of property damage. High winds that accompanied the storm also caused the collapse of 3 construction cranes – two in Miami and one more in Fort Lauderdale. The crane in Fort Lauderdale was recently dismantled and the action was caught on video.
As if the high winds and heavy rains weren’t enough of a safety hazard for the people of Florida, citizens who are staying in the area also need to be concerned about the dozens of tower cranes that are still erected throughout downtown.
New demolition videos are always fun to watch. You know what’s even better, though? A bunch of demolitions all at once.
While being prepared for demolition, the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs, Colorado unexpectedly collapsed to the railroad tracks below. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the local police chief said that workers had to flee the scene once the bridge section started to fall.
If this video of construction worker’s chasing down an alleged tool thief and hanging onto the hood of his car wasn’t enough to convince you to not mess with construction worker’s things, then maybe this new video will be. Construction worker’s tools and trucks are their livelihoods, and they don’t take too kindly to people who don’t understand that.
Directional boring, or horizontal directional drilling, is a common method for installing underground pipe and conduits, among others. Its main benefit is that it minimally disturbs the areas around where your pipe or cable needs to be installed. Instead of cutting concrete, asphalt, or ripping up landscaping, the boring machine digs a tunnel underground and the installing material slides in after it’s complete.
That’s what it’s SUPPOSED to do anyway.
You may remember a story we shared at the end of June about a rescue of a construction worker who was dangling from a suspended scaffold 15 stories in the air. The Sarasota County Fire Department completed a very skilled rescue, in which one firefighter scaled down the side of the building to the trapped worker, attached him to a harness, and both men were hoisted back up to the roof. The cause of that failure was a snapped line. At that time, the fire chief mentioned that he rarely sees events like this and that only 5 or 6 rescues like this have happened in his 29 year career.
Smoke stack demolitions are always fun to watch because they typically stand much taller than the buildings surrounding them, giving cameras great views of the carnage. They don’t always go well, like when a 2.6 million pound brick stack fell directly on top of an excavator (the operator was fine, by the way), but they’re always dramatic.
Buildings are demolished all the time in order to make way for new construction. The buildings that are demolished have usually lived out their useful life and are no longer functional. Recently a demolition video resurfaced, which shows a 27 story building in China being imploded. The strange thing is that, since it was finished in 1999, the building had never even been used.