Formwork & Falsework International Vol 2 No 1
Super-Sized Bronze Casting Challenges Skanska - Page 3 of 4
As a result, this allowed 250 t and 400 t of bronze and steel respectively to be formed in a period of only 2 years thus realising the customer’s conceptual presentation in a larger than life format.
The access scaffolding not only had to support the various shape characteristics of the statute but also had to provide access for the skilled Chinese artisans to work from.
A total of 1,250 bronze parts were ultimately needed to assemble the sculpture as a 3D puzzle around the supporting steel structure. The dimensions were truly enormous: each of the castings was approximately 3 m² large and weighed 200 kg, having being elaborately produced by a partner company in China according to Strassacker specifications and then shipped to Florida.
The bronze sections, with a combined weight of 268 ton, required 26 shipping containers whilst the associated 440 tons of steel required a further 23 containers. All taking 6 weeks to travel from China to Florida. To hold the structure together there are are in excess of 18,000 bolts.
The $30 million project is on schedule for completion by Summer 2015 with finishing touches being finished to associated features These include a waterfall, fountain, landscaping and a theatre on Greek mythology. The future may see a large ferris wheel added to the complex as it broadens its visitor appeal beyond that of horse racing and gambling.
Turner Access Launches the New Turner Beam
Working with leading industry suppliers, Turner Access has developed the Turner X500 series of aluminium beams.
The Turner Beam (X500) is 500 mm deep and designed to be stronger and provide greater load carrying capacities than deeper beams. The new beam delivers lower weights, better handling and higher installation productivity.
By comparison with similarly sized beams, design engineers will need fewer of the new beams to achieve the same loading, resulting in savings in storage, transport and handling costs.
The X500 is available in modular lengths from 1 m to 7 m that can be quickly and simply connected using aluminium spigots and locking pins, manufactured from high strength corrosion resistant steel suitable for marine corrosion environments, to make-up custom lengths whilst maintaining regular node and vertical spacing.
The beam’s top and bottom horizontals and main verticals are made from high strength 48.3 mm OD aluminium tube capable of accepting standard scaffold couplers.
The beam design also allows for fixing connections to be made near structural node points. Fixing connections must only be made and loads must only be applied directly to the main top and bottom horizontal 48.3 mm OD tubes and to the main 48.3 mm OD tube verticals and not to any other part of the beam.
The beam is manufactured in Scotland under a BS ISO 9001 approved Quality System and has been independently analysed, assessed and tested to the requirements of BS EN 12811 and BS EN 1999.