Crane manufacturer, Liebherr, is no stranger to clever marketing techniques, and we have to admit, they’re really good at it. In the past, they’ve showed us an incredible display of strength and balance with their biggest crawler crane lifting another crane, which was lifting another crane, which was lifting another crane. This time, they’re logistics and planning skills are on display, as they assemble a crane on one of the most interesting construction sites we’ve ever seen.
The Zugspitze, which is a peak in the Wetterstein Mountains, is the highest point in Germany sitting at roughly 10,000 feet above sea level. The team’s task was to build a new Eibsee cable car, which is a 14,600 foot long ride that allows the fastest access to the Zugspitze. So, Liebherr’s challenge was figuring out how to assemble a crane on the side of a mountain nearly 2 miles in the air.
In the video below, you’ll see exactly how they got the crane assembled using helicopters. I wouldn’t mind being the crane operator on this site, the views don’t get much better than this.
Infrastructure projects can require some pretty massive heavy equipment to perform all necessary tasks, so it’s a great opportunity to get some stunning footage of the machines and workers during the process.
Drones are used for a variety of different tasks on construction sites, like for tracking employees, calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles, or even performing OSHA inspections, but I’ve never actually seen any tools attached to them before. Well, engineers recently strapped a nail gun to one to see if it could potentially perform roof shingle installation.
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.