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Topic: Crane in BTMR

Fri 1/25/2013 7:20a
I've been wondering. How do they get such a large crane into BTMR? Do they drive it in or fly it in? How do they put it together? They seem to do it overnight. Is a crane that size really necessary?
Fri 1/25/2013 8:58a
As you say, they put it together on the site.
Fri 1/25/2013 10:33a
As with any crane of that size, they bring in the pieces and assmeble it on site. Like Ikea furniture or an Erector set, the major components are already put together, and they just bolt the finished sections in place until its the right height/length.

They could probably get the job done without such a large one, but it appears that this size was chosen so that they would only need one crane to serve the entire site. It needs to be tall enough to clear the peak of the mountain (which really isn't all that tall by construction standards), and long enough to span the site. Since they had to set it up on the edge of the site, rather than in the middle, it has a pretty long boom (especially considering the relatively short height), but nothing too out of the ordinary.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Fri 1/25/2013 11:53a
I've always been mystified by how constructions cranes are built. Right now in San Francisco we have about 10 of them on the skyline and I often wonder how they erect them.
Fri 1/25/2013 12:01p
I was checking out youtube. It seems cranes build themselves. They bring up each section to a cage where the section is bolted into place. Then the cage moves up a section and the crane brings up another section. Looks like each section takes about 1/2 hour to install.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Fri 1/25/2013 3:33p
Oh? I'll have to have a look on youtube.
Fri 1/25/2013 11:12p
Could someone tell me where the base of the crane is located? Hard to tell from the Mattercam. Do you think they will redo the que? Thanks!
Sat 1/26/2013 7:20a
From pictures I've seen online, the base of the crane seems to be on Big Thunder Trail. It's either right at the ride's exit, or just across the bridge from it.

As for the queue, I've heard that they may be demolishing and rebuilding the Rainbow Ridge buildings, since they've aged significantly and are getting difficult to maintain. A similar project took place on Schweitzer Falls in the Jungle Cruise in early 2005, when the structure collapsed while the ride was closed for refurbishment. While there are plenty of people freaking out about the (potential) loss of the 'historic' (AKA old) buildings, I don't think we have any reason to believe that it will be done poorly (if it is even part of the project)
Sat 1/26/2013 9:24a
"From pictures I've seen online, the base of the the crane seems to be on Big Thunder Trail."

And didn't they close the trail to pedestrians? That would make sense.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Sat 1/26/2013 9:56a
"A similar project took place on Schweitzer Falls in the Jungle Cruise in early 2005, when the structure collapsed while the ride was closed for refurbishment."

Interesting. I didn't know that.

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