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Contractors World International - 2015 Vol 6 No 2

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Super-Sized Bronze Casting Challenges Skanska - Page 2 of 4

At peak there was more than two hundred works involved including four transla tors and thirty nine Chinese artisans who were brought in to weld the outer skin on the massive statue which is the second largest in the USA - the largest being the Statue of Liberty.

The adaptable scaffold grid provided the required high level of flexibility for creating suitable working and access levels for the craftsmen and metal designers – adapted on the outside and inside to match the complex, organic form as well as continuously following the erection progress.

While the main erection works were progressing, nearby, the smaller sections were simultaneously under construction. These were then joined to the sculpture which presented another challenge for the contractors.

The scaffolding and access system had to allow space for the new sections to be be put into position.

For this, the Peri UP was combined with system components taken from the VARIOKIT engineering construction kit – a big advantage, especially for large-span bridging. Both systems are based on the metric grid arrangement, can be quickly assembled by means of compatible connecting elements, and are also available at short notice from the Peri rental programme.

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