The Komatsu 830E is a mining haul truck with a 255 short ton body capacity and a 2,461 HP engine. The gigantic truck measures roughly 46 feet in length, 24 feet wide, and 22 feet high. With a truck that size, it’s only really necessary for use in the mining industry, but it’s still pretty neat to get a glimpse of what it’s like to work inside a mega machine.
This video, shared by ThePilbaraPrince, shows two Australian mining workers operating the truck. The more experienced of the two is training the driver of the truck, a process that he says takes a minimum of two weeks before a probationary period and a final assessment.
As robots are quickly infiltrating the construction job site in order to increase efficiency and combat the shrinking labor workforce, so too have autonomous, self-driving vehicles.
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 Funny & Amazing Planet that could help fill in some of the blanks.
A bridge needs to be built, so time to bust out the cranes, right? Not so fast, a Chinese company has built a machine that has a creative way of setting girders into place.
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.
"Our customers work hard, but they also play hard,” said Archie Lyons, Creative Director of Global Brand Marketing for Caterpillar Inc. to explain the crazy site of watching a golf course move around on the backs of several of CAT’s heavy machines. After watching the video below, it seems like the perfect encapsulation of that phrase and a whole lot of fun to try out.
There’s no doubt that construction industry has some very impressively sized and powerful machines out there and unfortunately not many of us get to actually use them. Since most of will never be able to drive one of these, we can at least marvel at videos of them. Youtuber JD Rock recently put together a video compilation of the 10 largest construction machines in the world, which you can find at the bottom of this post. To help you understand just how big these things are, the descriptions of each will be listed directly below this paragraph.
Sometimes it’s not enough for a company to tell you how much weight one of their pieces of equipment can lift, so they have to show you. Liebherr, a German manufacturer of construction cranes, did just that, and in impressive fashion, when they put on a very impressive display of strength and engineering as they had a crane lift 3 other cranes at their yearly customer event.
Biggest, tallest, heaviest, fastest, whatever “–est” you are, there’s probably a chance for you to break a record doing it. Guinness World records has been publishing their book of records for the past 60 years and the records range from weird to extraordinary. Construction world records are no different. The list below compiles the most interesting construction records we could find. If we missed one, let us know in the comments below!
The Caterpillar 797F mining truck is the world’s largest dump truck with a Gross Machine Operating Weight of 1.37 MILLION pounds. Watch the time lapse video of how it's built...