Germany-based crane hire company, Scholpp Kran & Transport, called on its 450 tonne capacity Demag CC 25000 crawler crane to lift a bulky prefabricated bridge structure into place over the Alb river at Ettlingen, Germany. Limited space meant that the 240 tonne bridge made from steel and concrete had to made in a nearby church garden and lifted into position in a single lift.
The crane was rigged with 42 metres of main boom and 180 tonnes of superlift counterweight for task. Once the structure was lifted off the ground, the crane had to reverse about 2 metres to create enough space for the superlift to rotate in front of the church building. At a maximum radius of 21 metres, the bridge was set into position in just under an hour.
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