Link-Belt Tests and Introduces TCC-2500 Tele-Boom Crawler Crane – Crane Tips

Link-Belt Tests and Introduces TCC-2500 Tele-Boom Crawler Crane

The new Link-Belt TCC-2500 was already hard at work the same week Link-Belt Cranes formally introduced the 250-ton telescopic-boom crawler crane at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas, Nev.

L.R. Wilson and Sons, Inc. of Gambrills, Md., is field testing the TCC-2500, completing tilt-up panel work and steel erection for a 38,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Capitol Heights, Md.

A 13,000-lb. spreader bar and six-part load line were used to place panels weighing as much as 84,000 lbs.

“The crane is very smooth. It picked up the largest panels at a 35.4-ft. radius, with a 68° boom angle, and we were good up to 123,000 lbs.,” said operator Jamie Foster of L.R. Wilson and Sons, Inc.

In total, the company set 38 precast tilt-up panels over seven days before moving on to steel erection for the building’s interior.

Wilson normally uses a lattice-boom crane to erect panels of this size, but the company welcomed the chance to prove the new Link-Belt TCC-2500’s machine’s capability.

“This machine is a beast, and I cannot think of a better way to test our design and the functionality of this crane than with pour-in-place tilt wall work. Based on early comments I think we have hit a home run,” said Scott Knight, Link-Belt product manager for lattice and telescopic crawler cranes.

Massive cranes arriving at Deltaport in British Columbia Canada

Massive cranes arriving at Deltaport

Port Community Liaison Committee provides update on work at Roberts Bank terminal

We found this shared article on Crane Cafe and we thought we would share it here too! The article helps point to the value and significance of the work and employment opprotunities that are present in British Columbia Canada.

Port Community Liaison Committee members took a tour of GCT Deltaport recently to see the improvements being made at the Roberts Bank container terminal. 

The following is a report from the Port Community Liaison Committee, a multi-stakeholder body that includes representatives from the community, environment, agriculture, industry and local governments that addresses port related issues. Heads up! Two new megamax ship-to-shore cranes will soon be arriving at the GCT Deltaport container terminal at Roberts Bank. They are part of a $300-million terminal densification project that will increase container handling capacity at Deltaport without expanding the terminal footprint.

The cranes are being delivered by ship, ready assembled, and – at 92 metres tall – will be the largest and most modern cranes on the west coast of North America. With a reach of more than 70 metres, they can service the largest container ships that are increasingly being used on trans-Pacific routes.

The cranes are expected to arrive early this summer. Community notifications will be mailed out and regular updates will be posted on GCT’s webpage: globalterminalscanada.com/projectupdates/The new cranes are electric powered, with regenerative drives to minimize power use, high-efficiency LED lighting to reduce glare from light, and are equipped with features intended to reduce operational noise levels compared to similar cranes. This should be welcome news for local residents who may be impacted by terminal noise, especially during summer nights when windows are open.

More helpful news is that the long-awaited shore power connections project at Deltaport’s third berth is beginning construction. Once completed, it will facilitate the newer container ships that have the capability to plug-in while at the terminal – meaning they can turn off their diesel engines, saving fuel, reducing emissions and eliminating generator noise. Work to install the duct banks and electrical systems will be happening from June until October, so they may be fully operational for next spring.

The Port Community Liaison Committee (PCLC) feels these steps represent progress in addressing some longstanding community issues relating to noise, light pollution and emissions. It is a demonstration the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and its tenants are listening and making investments to mitigate impacts on communities in which they operate.

The PCLC will continue working within its mandate to ensure input is provided to decision makers on a range of port-related issues in the community, including participation in Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led consultation processes for expansion projects at Roberts Bank.

If you have questions about these initiatives, or would like to learn more about the role of our multi-stakeholder committee, please contact the port of Vancouver at pclc@portvancouver.com. We also have a webpage with information, meeting notes and port-related resources. You can find it at www.portvancouver.com.

Erosion Control on Steep Slopes and Embankments

How to control erosion control on steep slopes

Heavy rain can cause damage to the soil and it can lead to erosion as well. Erosion is the action of surface processes that remove soil, rock or other dissolved material from the surface of earth. The removed particles are then transported to other locations.

Some problems associated with erosion

Erosion can cause a lot of problems. When the erosion process starts, the top soil generally erodes first. The top soil is rich in nutrients and when it erodes away, the remainder of the soil does not have enough nutrients to support plant life.

In addition to the removal of top soil, erosion can cause an increased runoff. The reason behind this is that, as the top soil erodes away, the soil that is left behind, does not have good water retaining capability. Due to the erosion of top soil, the organic matter in the soil is reduced and so water retention is decreased.

Erosion on soil can also cause sediment to accumulate in nearby lakes, oceans and rivers. Due to the sedimentation, the fish and other wildlife find it difficult to see well and find their food. Another problem that may arise is that they sometimes intake soil particulates through their gills which affects their breathing.

Due to land development on hilly areas, erosion control becomes vital on steep slopes and embankments. Especially in areas that experience heavy rainfall. Such steep slopes that have no vegetation or cover are more likely to develop erosion as compared to other ones. Erosion can cause a lot of damage to the landscape and the infrastructure that is surrounding a particular project. So, it is essential to protect the hillside from erosion before the starting and completion of the project.

Read the complete article to develop an understanding of this problem and to learn how to cater this problem!

Soil erosion is bad and can prove to be very harmful, so it must be controlled. There are many ways to control and limit this issue and are described below:

Natural Solutions

natural solution to control erosion

The most effective, natural way to control soil erosion on steep slopes and embankments is to plant vegetation. Not only will the grass, fescue and leaves help to slow down raindrops as they fall, the roots of the plants will also help to hold the soil together, making it harder for water to wash it away.

However, when planting vegetation on a slope to stop erosion, you need to keep in mind that what you’re planting is just as important as the planting. Though grasses can create a groundcover that can absorb some moisture, they have less effective storm water filtration ability compared to native ground cover.

Artificial Solutions

artificial solutions to control erosion

Other than planting vegetation, there are also a variety of artificial solutions you can use. For instance, the use of geomats has become popular over the last few years. Geomats are water permeable polymers that are used to help fix soil elements, grass and small plant roots, and have been shown to work extremely well, especially on barren slopes that have no vegetation.

Soil Composition Enhancement

soil composition enhancement

You could also control erosion by controlling the soil itself. As heavy rain tends to be the biggest culprit for soil erosion on slopes and embankments, by controlling the composition of the soil, you specialty soils could control the effect that water has on it and therefore the likelihood that it will be eroded.

The complete article can be accessed here.

NFT delivers 10 Potain tower cranes to Royal Atlantis Residences site in Dubai

Tower cranes, they are just cool. They do amazing work and provide quick easy erection of buildings like no other construction equipment on the market. The first units of Potain MR 418 cranes in the UAE have been erected at the Royal Atlantis Residences construction site in Dubai.

NFT, the exclusive dealer of Potain in the region, supplied 10 brand new units of the crane for the Palm Jumeirah project, located next to the Atlantis resort.

The MR 418s have been fully erected by NFT on fixing angles at heights ranging from 104m to 190m free-standing.

During Phase 2 of the operation, the cranes will be braced with special anchorage bracing, spanning 16m in length, to the core of the building.

NFT has also delivered two Potain GTMR 400 units to the construction site.

Value-added services provided by NFT as part of the contract include spare parts delivery and technical consulting.

“An entire container filled with MR 418 spare parts” has also been delivered to the site.

In a press statement, NFT said the move ensures client needs are “anticipated and immediately satisfied on site, without worrying about availability and delivery time”.

A two-shift schedule will be implemented to ensure 24-hour operations of the cranes, with full-time technicians to be based on site to ensure non-stop service delivery.

Ssangyong Engineering & Construction and Besix, in a joint venture, were awarded the project’s construction contract in February 2016.

According to the press statement, NFT’s previous work experience with Besix helped it secure the contract to deliver Potain units for the mega project “after months of negotiations”.

Remarking on the project, Bassem Kini, the NFT operations director tasked with the Royal Atlantis Residences project, said “erection went smoothly, and the tower cranes are working beautifully”.

He added: “The project is positively challenging, and we have enjoyed working with the client’s site team, which is professional and cooperative with NFT.”

Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will boast almost 800 guest rooms, more than 230 serviced apartments, and 46 storeys.

Tower Cranes in Denver CO

We found this great article posted by NEW9 in Denver Colorado. Pretty awesome to see the life of a tower crane operator from the perspective of an outsider.

Check out the full article below and go check out their full video.

DENVER – It’s the dance of the cranes.

You see them everywhere in Denver – tower cranes building new buildings and fueling Colorado’s economy.

But have you ever wondered who operates those cranes, and how they get up there?

Photojournalist Eric Kehe and I got the chance to find out.

RMS Cranes, a member of the TNT Crane family, and Saunders Construction invited us to go up a crane. They said just climb up the ladder one floor – then do it 30 more times.

Is this a good time to mention I’m not crazy about heights?

We climbed up the crane across from Union Station where they’re building a new office tower.

There’s a little landing on each floor where you can stop to catch your breath, and enjoy the view.

It’s a bit exhausting but we made it to the top, where we met crane operator Jeff Macklin.

Macklin says his days are just ups and downs.

Workers on the ground call him on a radio when they need him to pick up equipment or materials, and deliver it to another location.

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Sometimes he gets calls from different crews in different locations, all at one time.

It’s how he spends his 8 to 14 hour days in the air.

And once he gets up there, he doesn’t climb down until his shift is finished.

If there’s bad weather, he just rides it out.

Rain, hail, snow, wind, lightening – Macklin has seen it all from his perch high in the sky.

He says you need to be highly trained, certified and a little crazy to operate a tower crane.

But on the upside, he says you just can’t beat the view.

“Colorado’s national or state bird is the crane,” Macklin said. “I remember there was a time you’d never see a tower crane up. Now you get 20 or 30 of them. “

Sunrise, sunset, aircraft flying by, even police officers chasing suspects down below – he has the perfect spot to see it all.

TNT Crane Opens A New Branch In Edmonton Alberta

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada Inc. opens new Branch in Edmonton, Alberta

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada is pleased to announce that it will open a branch office outside of Edmonton in Leduc, Alberta in July, 2016. The new branch will be located at 3310 Allard Avenue, Leduc, Alberta.

TNT is expanding into the area to provide crane services to existing and new customers in the region.  TNT crane services currently has seven branches stretching from British Columbia to Ontario servicing multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Wind Construction, Bridge & Road Construction as well as Commercial customers.

Bob Fairbank, President & CEO said “We are excited about opening our newest branch in Edmonton and bringing our experience and expertise to better serve our customers in the region. Edmonton offers great potential for growth and we look forward to expanding our customer base here through this commitment.”

About TNT Crane & Rigging

Founded in 1985, TNT Crane and Rigging is one of the largest crane service providers in North America.  TNT operates a modern fleet of more than 625 hydraulic truck, all terrain and crawler cranes ranging in lifting capacity from 8 tons to 1300 tons, plus a comprehensive inventory of gantry jacks, forklifts, rigging equipment, personnel and tractor/trailers.  The company has over 1,400 employees working in branch locations from Texas, Denver, Canada and the Atlantic seaboard. TNT has the equipment and experience to deliver lifting solutions efficiently and safely.

Love Mobile Cranes – So Cool

What is a mobile crane?

Technology has advanced to the point that mobile cranes can lift and move just about anything your heart desires, in a wide range of different situations. From carefully squeezing a kitchen sink in through a skylight window, to moving a grand piano from one floor to the next, there is little a mobile crane can’t take on. As a consequence, they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and heights.

In fact, their versatility is such that it can be hard to keep track of what kind of mobile crane is required. Below, we pick apart the most common.

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Hydraulic Cranes: Run on hydraulics, oil is pushed from one cylinder to another to give this type of crane its awesome strength. Hydraulic mobile cranes are robust and reliable, so it comes as no surprise that they’re the most common. Most cranes today are hydraulic because of their safety features and smooth operation.

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All Terrain Cranes: As the name suggests, this type of crane is an all wheel drive crane that can travel on both highways and gravel roads to get the crane into position for the lift. With the new engineering advancements in crane set up, these cranes are now ideal for remote job site locations like wind farms. Compared to the heavy lifting power of a crawler crane, all terrain cranes are easier to set up and move around the job site which means they can help the installation crews get the job done quicker.

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Rough Terrain Cranes: Specially designed to operate off road, rough terrain cranes have all-wheel drive capabilities and rubber tires to help them navigate ditches and potholes in the road. With lower capacity lifting abilities, these cranes work well in situations where the lift radius and rough ground conditions don’t need high or heavy lifts. Many iron framed buildings implement the use of rough terrain cranes.

TNT Crane Canada Crawler Crane

Crawler Cranes: Working in partnership with telescopic and lattice booms, crawler cranes are self-propelled cranes on tracks. They are incredibly powerful machines that range from 90 to 1200 ton in capacity. Typically crawler cranes are used in bridge construction, concrete tilt up and wind farm installation projects.

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Carry Deck Cranes: This type of mobile crane can rotate on a full 360 degrees axis, making them perfect for operating in confined construction areas. Exactly as the name suggests, carry deck cranes have small decks where they can lift and place equipment, like barrels, onto it’s deck and relocate it to another location on the job site.

An increase in the construction of building projects in challenging places means mobile cranes are heavily leaned upon to problem solve. The demand has led to the production of super large cranes with increased capabilities, such as the 500 to crane from Leibherr, Grove or LinkBelt – a machine we frequently put to good use at Eagle West Cranes and Stampede Cranes.

With the above featuring on every construction workers’ ‘must have’ list, mobile cranes are now more important than ever.