If the tire on your car gets punctured, you might be stuck waiting at the maintenance shop for around an hour for the hole to be patched. But, if one of your $30,000 heavy duty earthmoving tires develops a hole, you’re going to be waiting much longer.
The video below shows the entire process of repairing a relatively small laceration in an earthmoving tire, using a process created by REMA TIP TOP. REMA supplies automotive and industrial products, including the OTR Tire Retread Product, highlighted in the video, which are made in the company’s Madison, GA plant.
As you’ll see, the repair requires a heck of a process to complete, which starts by making the small hole into a large crater. After the patch is cut in and applied, a series of taping, gumming, and stitching techniques keep the patch in place. It’s a long and tedious process that clearly requires a lot of precision and quality, so we can take solace in that fact that we’re not the ones that have to do the work. There is a significant part of the tire repair process that was cut out of the video, however, which is the vulcanization process, which hardens the rubber by heating it at high temperatures with sulfur.
If you’re interested in some general best practices for maintaining your large equipment tires, OTR Tires provided some good tips on their website. Many of the tips, like checking tire pressure regularly, checking tread depth, and avoiding potholes, are pretty obvious, but others are good reminders. Maintaining proper speed, for example, isn’t just a good practice for safety, each tire also has a recommended speed limit that should not be topped. If you’re storing your tires, make sure it’s for no longer than 90 days and in an area that does not get extremely hot or cold.
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
In regards to timelapse videos, it was a big year for sports arenas and the city of Atlanta, Georgia. These types of videos have become more popular in recent years due to the wide availability of documentation services available. Not only that, but civilians who own drones have also taking a liking to their area’s construction sites.
Take a look below at our 7 favorite construction timelapse videos from 2017:
This year saw more videos with environmental considerations taken into account, especially over waterways. Instead of imploding entire bridges, the part that spanned over top of the waterway were manually removed. I've also grown an appreciation for in-depth footage of demolitions that occurred under some interesting conditions. Some of the videos below show some extreme creativity to overcome obstacles.
On Sunday, demolition contractors tried to bring down the upper portion of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home to the Detroit Lions, but several of the explosives didn’t ignite and the structure was still upright after the smoke cleared. After videos of the failed demolition were posted online, the internet had a field day.
The Pontiac Silverdome was the home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions from 1975-2001 and NBA’s Detroit Pistons from 1978-1988. After the Lions opened their new Stadium in 2002, the Silverdome was passed around several times before it closed for the last time in 2013. Earlier this year, the building was condemned and the first round of demolition by implosion was scheduled for Sunday, December 3.
Construction timelapse videos make extremely complicated and long projects look much easier to build than they actually are. The recently opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi took 8 years to complete, but you can watch the full process in only 3 minutes.