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The ‘Royal Highness’ of Advanced Cranes

Advanced Cranes utilises its 800-tonne Liebherr mobile crane to lift a module.

Contracted by a national construction firm to assist in the relocation of the Royal Women’s Hospital’s MRI unit, Advanced Cranes navigated several jobsite and project difficulties to successfully deliver six key lifts on time and on budget. 

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Sound collaboration among multiple key stakeholders and contractors is a staple of major crane companies’ work.

Throw in undulating terrain, tight time constraints, night work, the navigating of Victoria’s axle-load limit network, in-house lift-planning, a restricted working area with minimal clearance and a working hospital, and operations become much more complex.

For Victorian crane hire company Advanced Cranes and Rigging, its work in collaborating with seven separate contractors and stakeholders to help relocate the MRI Radiology department at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Parkville, Victoria, reflects the company’s ability to thrive in such projects. As part of a major redevelopment on the Royal Women’s Hospital, Advanced Cranes was contracted by Australian construction firm Modscape to supply the craneage to lift the six prefabricated modules. The modules themselves ranged from 7.5 tonnes through to 22 tonnes, however the main challenge in the scope of work came from the tightly confined jobsite presented by Flemington Road in Parkville, located just outside the north of Melbourne’s CBD. 

With a significant amount of city-bound traffic rolling through the area, the Victorian company also needed to operate within tight time constraints to ensure minimal disruption. The lift required Advanced Cranes to operate from the street and lift the prefabricated elements into the  building.

 For this, the Victorian company deployed its nine axle, 800-tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 crane. Capable of lifting at its maximum rated capacity at a radius of three metres, the crane possesses a telescopic boom that can extend out to 52m. Its true strength, however, comes from its lattice jib extension that can extend the crane’s boom length by up to 91m, giving the machine a maximum hook height of 152m and a maximum radius of 116m. Using the crane’s long reaching capacities, Advanced Cranes configured its LTM 1750-9.1 with an offset fly to lift at 65m high and with 65m of reach to install the modules from the trucks on the Flemington Road entrance to the hospital. 

To set the crane up, Advanced Cranes’ operations team deployed its 100-tonne Liebherr, the LTM 1100-4.1, and a 25-tonne capacity MAC25 from Franna at 9am to help unload 10 semi-truck loads of equipment required to undertake the lift, finishing the crane set up at approximately midnight on the same day. A major advantage for the logistics of transporting the 800-tonne Liebherr to the jobsite was the crane’s capacity to carry its telescopic boom on public roads during transportation. This allowed for a reduction in associated transport and set up costs, while also allowing Advanced Cranes to reduce its carbon footprint in completing the job.

Advanced Cranes utilises its 800-tonne Liebherr mobile crane to lift a module.
The flight path of the lifts needed to be carefully calculated, so the modules did not pass over any buildings. Image: ICON/Ned Meldrum.

Starting the lifting work at 5am the next day, Advanced Cranes turned to the engineered lift plan it had concocted in-house over three months following close collaboration with its client, Modscape, and the principal contractor, ICON. 

Further complicating matters was the fact that the operations team at Advanced Cranes could not lift the modules over any buildings – no easy feat, considering the densely populated nature of the Royal Women’s Hospital. However, thanks to an in-house lift plan, a specific flight path was laid out to allow for lifting and installation in a safe, timely manner. Because of the high lifting capacities and variable boom configurations of Advanced Cranes’ Liebherr, the task was able to be completed  safely.

The job was completed within the allocated time frame, ensuring minimal disruption through to nearby traffic and hospital operations. Throughout the project, Advanced Cranes navigated night works, oversized loads on roads, minimal clearances and a working hospital to ensure the installation of the six modules was completed within the time and budget  constraints. 

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