Monster Lift in Perth with 550 tonne Mobile Crane

Perth team delivers tricky new installation by calling in the big guns

4 Nov 2013
 

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It was a monster job… which included procuring a 550 tonne crane with over 185 tonnes of counter weight and a 98 metre fly jib.

This was supported by an 80 tonne and a 45 tonne crane that had over 17 semi trailers of jib and counter weights, which all took over seven hours to set up

Shoppers arriving at The Midland Gate Shopping Centre on a Sunday in September had little idea of the major logistical operation completed earlier that morning involving civil aviation authorities, 17 semi trailers, traffic control and the largest mobile crane lift Perth had seen.

The AE Smith team planned and executed the removal of two old main central chillers and replaced them with new high efficiency Hitachi chillers at the large shopping complex, a typical project for the Perth team.

However, this project provided a particular challenge – the chillers were located 98 metres into the centre of the complex’s roof top, requiring the efforts of a 550 tonne crane to complete the job of removing the old inefficient units and installing new high efficiency Hitachi chillers.

“It was a monster job,” says Brian Webber, Perth Projects Manager for AE Smith.

Brian helped coordinate the team which included procuring a 550 tonne crane with over 185 tonnes of counter weight and a 98 metre fly jib.

This was supported by an 80 tonne and a 45 tonne crane that had over 17 semi trailers of jib and counter weights, which all took over seven hours to set up.

“It’s definitely one of the largest crane lifts Perth has seen, and it all had to be done without disrupting shoppers and tenants at the large retail complex,” adds Brian.

The base crane was assembled on site and then left overnight, ready for the crane lift to take place in a short window on Sunday morning before the shopping centre trade resumed at 11.00am.

Beyond the time pressures and safety implications of such a large scale installation project, there were also other complications adds Brian:

“With the size and stature of the crane, we also had to involve civil aviation as the shopping centre is close to Perth Airport.”

“But we’re always up for a challenge and our team including the expert contractors we involved ensured it all went smoothly – everyone was pretty happy,” says Brian.

This major shopping centre project is part of AE Smith’s new work with Colonial First State.