Cranes Tower Over New Parliament building
Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction is using Liebherr cranes to meet its total lifting needs on Thailand’s prestigious new Parliament building in Bangkok.
A total of 13 tower cranes are being used by the main contractor on Thailand’s new Parliament building, which is being constructed on a riverside site in Bangkok.
Together with its associated buildings, the new Parliament will have a usable area of about 424,311 m² and is designed to be one of the prime architectural landmarks in the city.
Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Pcl (Stecon), one of Thailand’s largest construction companies, has been awarded a Baht 12.2 billion (USD366 million) contract to complete the building in a 900 day period.
The Liebherr units comprise eight 132 EC-H models, four 200 EC-H models, and one 65 K unit and will be on site for 24 months.
Stecon has only Liebherr tower cranes in its fleet, and is deploying a mix of its own cranes with some units supplied by the rental division of its subsidiary STIT Co Ltd.
Stecon’s construction manager Pheera Nakwimol says that the cranes have been configured to cover the entire construction area. In some instances the jibs overlap, and different under-hook heights have been utilized to ensure safe use.
The 132 EC-H has a maximum lift capacity of 8 t, and 1.85 t at the full 55 m length of the jib. The 200 EC-H crane can lift 10 t maximum, and 2.4 t at the end of its 60 m jib.
Liebherr’s 65 K is a fast-erecting crane that has a maximum load capacity of 4.5 t, and 1.4 t at 40 m. Stecon will deploy this unit in several different locations, with the flexibility of its 14 hook heights, from 15.6 to 51.7 m, allowing installation in areas of heavy craneage.
Volvo assists in Country’s Longest Road Tunnel
Volvo construction equipment is working at the Túnel do Marão project – one of the largest road tunnels in the Iberian Peninsula.
At a height of 1,415 meters above sea level, Portugal’s sixth largest mountain, the Serra do Marão, presents a considerable natural obstacle between the country’s second city Porto located on the coast, and Vila Real near the Spanish border. For many years the difficult terrain has impeded travel between the two cities, as well as access to the interlaying regions.
A new government-funded project to extend the A4 motorway from Porto takes a route straight through the mountain. The new road will comprise two parallel tunnels.
With each tunnel measuring approximately 5.7 km in length the Túnel do Marão, when completed, will be the longest road tunnel in Portugal.
Given this immense scale, underground construction specialist, EPOS (Empresa Portuguesa de Obras Subterrâneas), which is already behind some of the most important road and rail tunnels in Portugal, Spain and Algeria, was an easy choice for the tender.
EPOS began work on the twin tunnels in October 2014 and plans to finish the concreting and paving stages of the project by February 2016. Still at the excavation stage, EPOS has currently excavated around 35% of the total length. Integral to the success of the project, the contractor is using 22 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machines.