Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cranes in Action (UP builds a bridge in 7 days)

I was going to post about the UP bridge. But I came across a couple of other interesting builds soon after. So I generalized the topic and I'll add to this blog posting as I come across more Facebook postings.

This posting has grown large enough that I have moved some photos to more specialized postings:
The "crane" label identifies several other postings of "cranes in action."

Donnavan Kelly posted nine pictures with the comment:
Utah Nevada border, emergency wash out on union Pacific rail road, double main line... Allen engineering as general contractor , mountain crane 2250 (first class outfit!) 330 ton, 140 boom, walking on top uppr pre cast Rr bridge, reaching out driving 14x89 180 foot h pile at 125 feet out....... Correct me if I'm wrong but from what we have gathered its the first time a crane this size has been used on this designed bridge as a working tressle? Start to finish 7 days....

Liz Watson Brown posted
Mountain Cranes Manitowoc 2250
[I assume this is also of the UP repair.]
The UP now has at least three routes that cross the Utah/Nevada border: UP's, Western Pacific's, and Southern Pacific's South and North. Of these, it looks like Loray Wash did not have a big enough culvert to handle the flow and the UP embankment became a dam until it broke. I wonder when UP put the second track back in.

The railroads have abandoned so many routes that now there is no redundancy in the system. This not only reduces our export revenues, it gives other countries a chance to "steal our business." For example, China is exporting more corn because we can't send enough.

2250 lifting a truck crane on top of a building

Aaron Payne posted two photos with the comment: "2250 with Glenn Peer Sr putting up my Grove to top out the building few years back. Great job because it was freezing that winter and no office or safety people ever came up!"



Adding a 200k ton module to a plant

Charlie Trevino posted two photos with the comment: "Another 200k going up!" I've noticed that building refineries has become like building ships. They build modules on the ground and then use big cranes to lift them in place.

Jason Rico commented on the above photo
Jason Rico commented on the above photo
93% get u some[224500/240400 = .93]


Anne Bouffard Bern posted
Rich Reiter That's the first MR415 ever built.
Dennis DeBruler commented on the above posting
The site line to the left of the building goes from the end of the lock wall, south of River East Center, and over the roof of Embassy Suites. The site line to the right goes from the side of 403 N Water, north of 400 N McClurg Ct., north of Loews, and north of a black building that has evidently been built south of Illinois between Park and Columbus.So it was taken from 225 E Grand Ave., and it is in the vacant lot south of Illinois between Park and New Street.That whole area was (relatively) low-rise industrial as recently as the 1970s:
Robert Hansen posted
3 Mani's at Gove NT Aust. 18000,2250,M250. 2006.
James Vaughn posted four pictures of Manitowocs at the Holcim cement plant in Ste. Genevieve, MO.




Ben Stalvey shared
Checkout this Bigge MLC 650 with VPC Max
[I wonder what kind of plant it is helping to build.]
Austin Tuck posted
Austin Tuck Yes one 650 the other is a 300! Middletown NY last fall.
Andre Tardif posted
[On the CB&Q, welders cut the legs at the top and they lifted just the bridge to the side. Then they worked on the legs.]

Joe Lizotte posted four pictures with the comment: "This was a cool day picking our 60 ton RT with a gmk 7550 out of a historical church in Phoenix Arizona." The comments indicated they were lucky because they were supposed to rig to the outrigger boxes instead of the tie-down lugs.


Dean McCartney posted
Found this on line. There is a Manitowoc in the picture but I don't know what that big sucker is there putting together.
Todd Kelafant That is a Lampsons 4600 ringer ...Assembling a Caterpillar 8200 dragline !!!
Jay Wilson Uses the TriStructure from Marion but has the tall mast portion from Bucyrus. Then Cat takes credit.
[Unfortunately, I don't know what "TriStructure" means.]
Terex Cranes shared
Great job with a CC 2400-1
Nick Salvatore posted
#CapitalCity getting it done on the Downcomer project at US Steel in Detroit, MI! #16000.
Joe Lizotte posted two photos with the comment: "2250 in a copper smelter."

Tyler James posted five photos with the comment: "CONRAC Chicago IL." They are placing precast floor segments. The segments look like the ones used to build the parking garage where I worked.





Tyler James posted two photos with the comment: "Copper smelting facility in Globe, AZ."
Dave Ochoa That was the heat exchanger we set.


Dave Ochoa commented on the above posting
[Dave Ochoa got a picture of Tyler James "putting in the shafts for the new scrubbing facility." So Taylor took pictures of Dave's operation while Dave took pictures of Taylor's operation.]
Screenshot, putting out a gas-well fire.
There are a lot of comments about the operator being bad because he let it swing and hit the well head.
Jimmy Schexnayder If he dropped the extinguisher device on the well head and damaged it, it could have been impossible to cap the well. Also, the swishing sound at the end is the release of Nitrogen Gas to displace the Oxygen, extinguishing the fire.
Ben Stalvey shared two photos ("‪PHOTO UPDATE: the last blue tub girder on the Zoo Int project has been set in the core of the interchange.") and posted two more as comments. I learned a new term: "tub girder."




Michael Wallace added the comment:
Man, those cranes sure move quick from point a to point b., cropped
Finally, some information on what it takes to transport one of the bigger cranes. When it walks the nacelle over to the windmill tower at 3:34, it is so top heavy that it amazes me that the ground remains level enough that the crane doesn't tilt over.The animation doesn't show any mats being used.

Screenshot at -6:38 (source)
Of note is the custom unit to handle the bottom end. Since the bottom does not have to be raised very far, the unit uses a couple of hydraulic cable jacks instead of an expensive hoist winch.

Turcu Orhan posted
Turcu Orhan Demmag 8800 TerexMaximum capacity 3200 t
Maximum load moment 43900 mt
Travelling on crawlers with full load
Maximum lifting capacity of TWIN in SSL/LSL 132 m (1487 t) is 370% of CC 8800-1 in SSL/LSL 132 m (402 t)
Maximum transportation width of components 3.50 m
Turcu Orhan commented on the above posting
This is the mother of ol crane. ZPMC 12000 tone.
Turcu Orhan Next project 14000 tone.
Phil Gresham posted
Phil Gresham LR 1400Phil Gresham Chalk point Md 
[This chart confused me when I first saw it. But after reading the reference, it makes sense.]
Ruben Calderon posted four photos with the comment: "1.2 Million pound vessel that we set yesterday at Valero in Corpus Christi, Texas with our new 21000 Manitowoc!"

Curt Kockelman Mammoth



Michael Matalis posted two photos with the comment: "Westbound high & wide extra passing thru Westmont about 02:15 p.m."
Craig Cloud You know Dispatchers hate oversize loads, interrupt flow of glamorous stackers.
Michael Matalis I was kind of surprised that this went out ahead of #5 [#5 is one of the Amtrak trains that goes to California.]
Dennis DeBruler Judging from the first carload, they are pieces of a big crane. The other pieces like boom sections, counterweights and the crawler tracks must have gone by truck.
Mike Griesmann This was an extra BRC-GAL train. I saw it at the belt in the morning. It followed the BRC-Northtown train out.

I shared to a crane group with the comment "Are these pieces of a crane? If so, would the other pieces such as boom segments, counterweights and the crawler tracks have been shipped by track?"
Chris Lesiuk Looks like pieces of a shovel. Offloaded similar looking  p&h 4100.

Michael also posted to the BNSF Racetrack Group.
Mike Griesmann This was an extra BRC-GAL train that I saw when I was down at the belt in the morning. It went out behind the BRC-Northtown train.
Michael Matalis On the triple track it was J BRCPTN
Daniel Fredrickson Wow, interesting move. I imagine it ran with slow orders?
Michael Matalis It actually moved along at a pretty good pace, although definitely not track speed. I wasn't expecting it for 10-15 minutes and as as it turned out I only beat it by 4.
Joseph Robert LeMay These crane bearings typically are just shipped in the middle of regular trains off the Belt. Not sure why they ran them separately for this shipment. They might have 45mph restrictions on them. [Joseph is a BSNF engineer.]
Michael Matalis I was surprised to see this special move because as you said, I've seen them mixed in with regular freight before. Maybe someone was willing to pay a premium for timely delivery.


Corey Stewart posted
I love when guys in the cage get a good shot of me from 170’ up.
Lee Hartson What kinda cage you settin?Corey Stewart It was an 8 person man cage. They were taking pics of the job.

Jim Hedrick posted seven photos with the comment: "Interesting machine thanks to Padgett cranes for putting me on it for the past few months" [An MLC300 on a barge.]

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AmericanCranesAndTransport (source)
The biggest lift so far has been a 101-ton segment of duct work, which the MLC650 lifted to a height of 211 feet.
"PCL Construction rigged the crane with 200 feet of main boom and 190 feet of jib. It’s lifting a variety of loads for the project, including 75-ton insulated scrubber sections, 48 ton muscle rings and 100-ton baghouse sections, which act as the filters for the AQCS. The biggest lift so far has been a 101-ton segment of duct work, which the MLC650 lifted to a height of 211 feet."

Jamie Shields Yep I had 203.4 main and 193.6 luffer in it on that job. My heaviest lift was 243k (load and rigging) @ 150 foot. Got too love when people write stories without the correct info. I had many lifts at 260 feet and almost all of my last lift were up tight at 90 feet. Colby Williams How is it that only Kirby was mentioned in this article?

[It is disappointing that a "trade" web page would make the fundamental mistake of a luffer vs. a jib.]
Manitowoc MLC650 is now available for bare lease or operated and maintained jobs with Bigge.
With an ability to lift 770 tons, this crane is not only one of our strongest, but also the most mobile in its class - it can move where others can’t and requires minimal ground preparation because of its lighter weight. This smart and flexible crane is easy to set up, limiting time spent not lifting and therefore saving you money. Its light weight also makes freight and shipping cost lower, allowing for even more savings. Manitowoc designed a variable position counterweight, or VPC, when creating the MLC650. The VPC system moves the counterweight of the crane to the most optimal position for lifting, thus requiring less counterweight.

Christopher Welch shared
Eric Robinson That looks like the 408/417 interchange
Crane operators Florida posting
10,000,12000, and a 888 at work busy quarters

James Pettitt posted, cropped
[I have seen crane parts that can jack themselves high enough that a trailer could back underneath them. This is the first time I have seen jack rams so long that the truck cab can pull straight trough under them.]
Ben Stalvey posted a request for crane pictures. Since most of them did not bother to identify the model of the crane nor explain what they were doing, I'm not copying them. But these two comments by Michael Pinson are of note.
2250 picking our 999

And here is our 999 after we set it on the coffer dam picking our link belt 139
Chris L. Rechardson posted
999 - 150 Ton pick and carry.
[Shortest boom raised high to get minimum radius to get maximum lift.]
Dave Unsworth Whats with the second big hook block with single part? Im guessing your trying to get to your minimum downhall weight?Chris L. Richardson Backwards StabilityDave Unsworth Ok yeah, same thing just different way of saying it.
Chbris L. Richardson shared five photos of a lift that needed some sophisticated rigging with the comment: "Maxim's MLC 650."





Tom Zanone posted, cropped
Stretching out a 5165 in Myrtle Beach this morning.
Michael Emerson Lifting a bundle of shingles.
David Whitehead 197' + 85'
Randall Kyson Sirbaugh I've always liked that Grove built the boom extensions in 26'and 20' instead of two 23 footers.
David Whitehead Randall, it depends on the model.
Mick Naughton posted
GMK6300L building our MLC650 to install bridge beams at Margaret River.
[It must be a road overpass bridge because I could not find a river in Margaret River.]
Chad Rogers posted
184,000lb concrete beam 100’ up with 16000.
Allen Rich Finally, a one rig job, always had to use two rigs back in the day .
Paul Marien posted
[I noticed the boom stops were bent. Some comments confirmed that.]

This crane is not in action, but it has some unique views of a crane.
Bill Pohlmann posted four photos with the comment: "Some drone shots of a Vic's 2250 currently just standing around looking good in Woodbury, MN."




Ben Stalvey taught me that the crane unloading a barge with a clamshell is a Manitowoc 4100. (sourceRobert Olson Eastern minerals in chalese ma has 3 old 4600s sitting on the docks with 15cyd and 18cydbuckets for offloading salt in no they got a 4000w and a4600 doing the same.

Richard Easton commented on a posting showing wreck
[The comments indicate that the tracks can, and should have been, extended. The counterweights become part of the problem if the boom is high (short radius) and the tracks aren't extended to be under the counterweights.]
Screenshot @ -2:23
Walking across I-69 in Anderson, IN
Kevin Young No plywood!
Francis Letecia Reyna Pawelek It’s got soft tracks.
Randy Hoopingarner No tag line?
Joe Sowers Some serious pendulum action....
[Evidently he is walking a pile driver so that they can install pilings in the median for a new overpass they are building.]

I do not like how this video was edited because it I could not figure out where it lifted the roof from and how it was moving it into position over the building. My best guess is that the roof was built on the side and the crane just turned.

In this video you can see that the crane turns and moves forward with a weight wagon.

A posting with a couple of photos using a weight wagon.

There is too much interesting info in this posting to summarize. I verified with an incognito window that, even though it is a closed group, you can access it if you have a Facebook login.

There are a bunch of pictures of different projects in this posting, but they don't provide much detail. Ben did another "call for activity."

323 photos from the last open house in Manitowoc, WI.

My pictures of a Manitowoc 777 crane at the Brandon Lock.

Note the Crane Collapse Gallery near the bottom of an article about a Daytona Beach booboo.

Video of a crane lifting and placing a bridge beam, time lapsed.  A drone video of the same construction project, but it is not time lapsed. Fortunately, one can move the slider.

25 photos of a Manitowoc 2250 helping to build a bridge with up to 165' long precast concrete girders, the longest transported in California.

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A video that includes a tandem lift with hydro cranes.

A video of an operator gunning the engine and saving both the load and the crane. Skip the first minute. At -1:09, there is the sound of something breaking and then an alarm sounding.

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