Recent Use of Zoomlion Tower Cranes to Erect the Astana Expo 2017

With the recent Expo 2017 coming to Astana, Zoomlion placed and used multiple tower cranes to erect the pavilions main buildings.

The building has a diameter of 80m and a height of 100m, with pavilions of other countries evenly distributed around it in a ring shape.

Twelve large-tonnage Zoomlion tower cranes, seven Zoomlion truck cranes and one Zoomlion bulldozer have participated in the pavilion construction.  “Among which four Zoomlion D1100-63, the super-large tower cranes with the maximum hoisting capacity in the Central Asia,” said the manufacturer.

The D1100-63 is a new model of self-climbing tower crane, featuring superstructure slewing, double lifting points, level jib and horizontal trolleying. With a hoisting capacity of 9.8t at the 80m jib end, the tower crane adopts variable frequency stepless speed-regulating motor to significantly optimize the system’s running stability and improve positioning accuracy.  PLC (programmable logical controller) is used to control all actions.

The event will take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017.

This was the second time that Zoomlion has been involved in Expo construction, having helped to build the Chinese Pavilion in Expo 2015 Milano.

Zoomlion said: “The direct economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between China and Kazakhstan are of far-reaching significance to promote the development of the “Belt and Road” [Chinese government-backed investment and trade strategy]. As a leading enterprise in the engineering machinery industry, Zoomlion has explored the market in Kazakhstan for over ten years, dedicated to efficiently helping the construction of local infrastructures.”

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Tilt Up Concrete Panels by Cranes

The Basics of Tilt Up Construction

Like any business, the construction industry has its own jargon, but you don’t have to be an expert to understand what tilt up construction means. One of the largest and most popular growing industries in the United States, the technique fast gaining pace – and taking up ground – in Canada, too.liebherr mobile crane performing a pre-cast concrete tilt up

From the ground up

Hoist them up and you’re done, right? Tilt up construction may seem straightforward, but there are still multiple, equally important stages to the process. These include:

  • Site evaluation, whereby a qualified professional will study the land and plan the construction before a single ounce of cement is poured.
  • Engineering, providing a stage for intricate planning and problem solving, step by step.
  • Footings and floor slabs, laying down the foundations of the build.
  • Panel forming, building the walls using reveal strips.
  • Reinforcing, erecting a steel grid to support the walls.
  • Embeds and inserts, allowing space for additions to the walls once they’ve been constructed, using pre-fabricated steel plates.
  • Panel erection, lifting the walls from floor to site, before securing them vertically on the structure.
  • Panel finishing, the final stages of securing the walls and ensuring health and safety compliance is met.
  • Insulated panels, making the buildings with high R ratings.

Low cost

One of the biggest draws to this form of construction is the price tag attached to it. Whether you are looking to fill 10 or 1000 square foot, there is no denying tilt up construction is cost effective and likely to help you avoid any hidden costs. Tilt up construction requires the panels to be set on the ground, horizontally or offsite. Once the panels are cured they can be hoisted into place with a mobile hydraulic crane. This makes the build process incredibly fast. The shell of a building can be erected within a 2-3 weeks timeframe.

The benefits

The benefits of using this tilt up construction technique go beyond the building industry. It provides a solid base – literally – for a new life. Fast, secure and reliable, this form of construction is taking on for good reason.

Eagle West Crane & Rigging is a division of TNT Crane & Rigging Canada.