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.
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.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.