Last week, we posted a couple videos of a 580 ton bridge girder erection machine with extendable arms that allow a girder to be dropped into place from above. The view of those videos were a little far away, so it was hard to get good details on how it worked and what exactly was going on, but now a third video has been uploaded to Youtube by Extreme Mega Machines that could help fill in some of the blanks.
In the video blow you can see how the connections are made, the mechanism that drops the girder into place, how the wheels are lifted, and several other interesting views of a girder set. After posting the last video, several people pointed out that the didn’t think the workers standing on the columns were properly harnessed and these views seem to support that thought, as well. There is certainly some opportunity for improvement in the safety department, but this is still an incredible machine and a great concept.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.