There’s no better way to make hundreds of thousands of people angry than top shut down a highly traveled road on a work day. Because of that, the pressure is on for many companies to demolish overpasses in less than a day and open the road back up in time for morning traffic.
In June of 2015, the city of Bandford in Ontario, Canada allowed Priestly Demolition roughly 10 hours to completely remove an overpass over the 6 lane highway 400 and then disappear without a trace. To add pressure to the job, the city was also ready to exercise liquidated damages if the crews could not complete in time.
To get the job done, the demolition company used a total of 6 excavators (2 shears and 4 hammers), 3 loaders, and 2 bulldozers. That’s 11 pieces of heavy machinery in a space that could open fit 6 cars, so the process had to be well planned and everyone had to be on the same page to make it work. The timelapse is pretty incredible to watch, so much so it could give the ballet a run for its money. Move over Nutcracker.
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.