Al Faris executes UAE pavilion heavy lift project at Expo 2020 site

Crane service provider uses Liebherr mobile and 1000t crawler cranes with support from in-house engineering and lifting expertise

GCC heavy lifting and transport services major Al Faris recently completed a project to lift and install heavy structural elements on the UAE pavilion build site at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Using a Liebherr LR 1000 crawler crane with 156m main boom and Liebherr LTM 1750 9.1 mobile crane with S/L and luffer, the Al Faris team lifted 42 steel structural elements in total at the falcon-inspired UAE pavilion structure, which they then placed and installed in their places.

“We were recently awarded the UAE pavilion project at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai and it was great to be able to support the project with our engineering and heavy lifting expertise,” said an Al Faris spokesperson.

Some of the challenges that the project presented were a limited, congested area for placing the cranes due to adjacent ongoing projects, the restricted time and area for the assembly and dismantling of the cranes and a long working radius of 132m along with strong winds, said a statement from Al Faris.

The company added that selection of the right lifting gear was of utmost importance as the structures had to be lifted at a given specific angle. Also, steel mats had to be fabricated for maintaining ground pressure to meet the site requirements.

“This project was completed in different stages. We provided our client with a complete solution for lifting and installation of structural steel elements of length varying from 24m to 46m. The weight of each unit ranged from 8t to 55t. After careful consideration and study, the 1000t Liebherr LR 1000 crawler crane was used due to the long working radius requirement for the installation,” the spokesperson added.

For the final stage of the lifting project, Al Faris used its Liebherr 750t all-terrain mobile crane to lift and install the oculus structure at the centre of the UAE pavilion’s roof top.

According to the statement from the heavy lifting and crane rental specialist, all surveys, planning, technical support documentation, execution plans and schedules were prepared in-house prior to job execution. This helped organise all activities smoothly with minim delays and the execution was safely carried out by Al Faris’ trained operators.

“We also provided a strong commitment and focus to adhering to the best QHSE practices on-site which was discussed in detail with the client prior to the commencement of operations,” Al Faris added.


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