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How Are Cranes Erected?  
User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3949 posts, RR: 18
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 21609 times:

I've always wondered how they erect them. I could perhaps understand a piece by piece construction of the metal framework, both vertical and horizontol, but how the hell do they get the concrete ballast up there? Surely they'd have to use ANOTHER crane to get it up there, which kinda begs the question why they don't use THAT crane in the first place!?

So, who knows?

R

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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 21599 times:

Hey, that is a pretty good question!

They must have some "bootstrap" procedure.

All I know is that we had a distinction here a few years ago. The "world's tallest" free-standing crane fell over in Sparks Nevada.



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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 21594 times:

Tower cranes assemble themselves and/or they are assembled with a mobile crane - depending on the size. Mobile cranes are very expensive to operate (due to the fact they are expensive to buy) so it is inefficient to have a mobile onsite for a long time.

BF



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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 21583 times:

Mobile cranes also wont have the lifting capacity that the cranes they construct have, thats why they arent used.

The tower crane goes up bit by bit, including the ballast, so its not a heavy lift for a mobile crane. But the stuff the tower crane moves can be much much heavier.


User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 21582 times:

My understanding is that they "jack" themselves up. As one section on the ground is installed, jack it up and install the next under that until get the desired height. Sort of like growing from the ground up.

User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 21574 times:

Hi,
Here is a link to a good article that I have found on tower cranes. It includes a section on how they are assembled and how they can grow with the building:

http://science.howstuffworks.com/tower-crane.htm

Matt


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 21521 times:

Holy crap..I was driving home and there is a new high rise and i was wondering the same thing......They just seemed to appear already assembled and in one piece.....I thought it was one of the mysteries of the universe us mortals were not ment to know...

Christine....



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 21514 times:

The tower can be adjusted as required but another crane is equired. It usually takes about 24 hours to dismantle a cran using a 226 tone crane.

http://www.skyplaza.com.au/gallery.htm

Talks about the dismantling process albeit only very breif.



User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 21498 times:

Quoting RobK (Thread starter):
How Are Cranes Erected?

Google "Fluffers" for the real explanation.  Smile


User currently offlineNavymidn From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 21462 times:

Generally a tower crane is used when space is an issue. That is why they are so popular over in European cities. They can have a larger lift radius due to the design then a traditional mobile crane, which has to have it's boom at an angle. As far as capacity goes, mobile cranes can have much larger lifting ability than a tower crane. A large tower crane can hoist about 70-80 tons, whereas a large crawler can lift 300-350 tons. This is by no means an upper limit, the largest tower crane lifts 120 tons, and the largest mobile 1600 tons.

Erecting a tower crane is either done by using a self lifting design, or calling in a mobile crane to assemble it. The self-erecting design is popular for smaller tower cranes, because it can cost about $600 an hour for a 150 ton capacity truck crane.

[Edited 2006-01-14 07:19:46]


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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1284 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 21433 times:

Quoting RobK (Thread starter):
How Are Cranes Erected?

Well, you see, when two cranes love each other very much...



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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 21402 times:

They're shown pornographic images of other naughty cranes.

Seriously, there was a show on TLC or the Discovery Channel last week about mega-cranes. There's one company who makes a 150 ft truck-mounted crane that....um.....erects itself. The narrarator actually said the phrase, "Its so easy that one man can erect it by himself." (or something like that)


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 21398 times:

Quoting RobK (Thread starter):
I've always wondered how they erect them.



Quoting Jake056 (Reply 4):
My understanding is that they "jack" themselves up.





...am I missing something?

QFF


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 21354 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 12):
...am I missing something?

Yup!  Wink


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 21333 times:

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 10):
Well, you see, when two cranes love each other very much...

 rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 21303 times:

Quoting RobK (Thread starter):
How Are Cranes Erected?

Soundtrack: "Love is in the air"




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Thom@s



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 21299 times:
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Quoting SlamClick (Reply 1):
The "world's tallest" free-standing crane fell over in Sparks Nevada.

Was that Big Blue?



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 21292 times:

This is supposed to be the largest crane of it's kind in the world:

http://www.towercrane.com/index.gif

A few have been built, but the only operational one is on the offshore shipyard at my hometown Stord, Norway. It is approx 150m tall, and appeared on the Discovery channel a few years ago.

Like the drawing, the crane on Stord has a smaller crane on top to deal with maintenance. Unlike the drawing, this crane also has a construction at the bottom which elevates it further, and makes it possible to move the massive machine on a set of lines on the ground.

http://www.stord.kommune.no/eining/resser/industri/eldner01stor.jpg
Here it is. Nicknamed "Ivan". Compare it with the yellow crane on the left, and you'll see the difference.

Now, enough crane talk.  Smile

Thom@s



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