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Advanced Cranes complete lifts on 1700-tonne rail bridge for Victoria’s Big Build

Advanced Cranes deploy two Liebherr LTM1450-8.1 mobile cranes for 16 lifts on Victoria's Big Build in Geelong.

Advanced Cranes has deployed two of its Liebherr all-terrain cranes to lift and install 16 beams on a rail bridge as a part of Victoria’s Big Build.

The beams lifted by the Victoria-based crane hire company formed a rail bridge that ultimately weighs 1700 tonnes and is elevated at a height of 15 metres.

The work forms part of a series of rail projects in Victoria’s south-west, with the latest development in Victoria’s Big Build requiring the Surf Coast Highway in Geelong to be shut down for four days as the lifts took place. More than 40 crew members worked around the clock to complete the bridge installation project, with four beams transported to the jobsite each night from CIG in Laverton – where they are manufactured – and lifted into place by Advanced Cranes’ two Liebherr mobile cranes, the LTM1450-8.1 and the LTM1650-8.1.

Liebherr’s eight-axle, 450-tonne capacity mobile crane also features a seven-piece, 85m long main boom, with a maximum hoisting height of 132m. This is down to the 84m lattice jib extension available with the LTM1450-8.1, which allowed Advanced Cranes to install the rail bridge at the 15m height.

On the other hand, Liebherr’s LTM1650-8.1 – normally spotted completing wind farm work – proved its practicality for infrastructure jobs. The 700-tonne capacity machine holds a maximum hoist height of 152m, thanks to its 80m main boom and lattice jib extension combination.

This job is part of upgrades to more than 50 public level crossings on the Warrnambool Line, which will allow modern trains to run to far South-West Victoria for the first time.

Advanced Cranes is a family-owned crane hire company focusing on furthering Victorian infrastructure projects. Founded by Adam Tuddenham in 2009, the company has four depots located in Ballarat, Derrimut, Bell Park and Colac to aid in the demand for specialised crane and heavy haulage services.


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