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.
Recently, the video below surfaced of 1,500 construction workers in China only spending 9 hours to replace a large section of train tracks.
Many videos posted to Youtube of the project state that the crew completed a full train station, but as Slate points out, that was a mistranslation from the original video in Chinese. Regardless of what was accomplished in 9 hours, the sight of 1,500 workers and 23 excavators working in a relatively small area is both memorizing and terrifying.
Giving that many people in such a tight area seems like a logistical and safety nightmare and we hope no one was seriously injured that night. You’ll see a few shots of excavators swinging their buckets and moving to a new location surrounds by dozens of workers and large pre-fabricated sections of track being moved with workers standing on top.
The tracks and railroad switches were being installed in Longyan, China and will eventually connect the city to Nanping. Top speed of the railway is expected to be 124mph (200 kilometers per hour). When complete, it will cut travel time between the two cities down from 7 hours to just 90 minutes.
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.
As the US is experiencing our own natural disaster, by way of Hurricane Florence, China is being hit badly by a Typhoon Mangkhut. According to Independent, the storm has caused a crane, which was being used on a 22-story housing development, to crumble. That collapse was caught on camera by neighbors.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
If you’re a general contractor in the Davie, Florida area, I have an idea why one of your deliveries might have been late last week.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.