Plenty of spectator sports around the country are based around the destruction of vehicles, such as demolition derbies and monster truck rallies. But those sports are missing one thing: gigantic construction equipment that barely even notice when they run over things.
When a monster truck runs over a car, it bounces all over the place, nearly flipping itself over, which makes what you are about to watch even more impressive. The video below, uploaded to Youtube by richardperth2002, was created for safety awareness in the mining industry, to show how important it is to keep a safe distance from the gigantic mining equipment all around. The mining industry has plenty of varieties of huge equipment and you can watch a video of the top 10 biggest by clicking here.
Many of the haul trucks in the mining industry have transitioned into autonomous, self-driving vehicles due to hostile and remote locations of mines that are hard to get workers to travel to. Based on the video below, it’s barely even noticeable to a driver if a car is run over, so a driverless truck will have no mercy if a car gets run over. As you’ll see, the Komatsu haul truck only suffers a few scratches after it completely flattens the SUV like a pancake. Although this is geared towards the mining industry, it’s also an important lesson for the construction industry, even though the machines are much smaller. They’re still plenty powerful and heavy enough to obliterate anything in its path. Bottom line: stay out of the way if you want your body and car to stay 3-dimensional.
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Over the years, Liebherr, the German Crane Manufacturer, has given us some absolutely amazing videos. For example, they put on a show for their best customers one year and lifted one crane with another crane, which was lifted by a third crane, which was then lifted by a fourth crane. Another video highlighted the 58 cranes that were on site at the same time at the world’s largest airport build in Istanbul. Well, the company is back at it again, this time on top of Europe’s new tallest building.
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
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.