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Universal Cranes uses CC2800 on Palm Beach to Tugun Highway Upgrade

Client: Seymour Whyte Constructions

Project: Palm Beach to Tugun Highway Upgrade

Scope: Girder Installation for BR08 Spans 1-5 Currumbin Creek Bridge Widening.

Duration of project: 5 x night shifts and 1 x day shifts over a 2-week duration with one on site relocation to move the crane between the crane pads.


The Projects & Heavy Lift team engaged with the Palm Beach to Tugun Highway Upgrade project at an early stage whilst the methodology of Girder Installation was being developed. Universal Cranes were able to work through our client’s needs and overcome various site restrictions to deliver a heavy lift solution that could be executed on site.

The team identified the Demag CC2800-1 as the crane for the job. The advantage of using the Demag CC2800-1 with super lift is that in tight areas, the team were able to pick the beams from inside the job site, slew the crane around to line up and connect the super lift, and float the beam out to achieve the radius required.  With the flexibility of the super lifter, we were able to lift and install spans 2 and 3 over the water with minimal impact to the public and environment.

Mobilising the crane had its own challenges with various site restrictions from underground services, overhead obstructions, an adjacent existing live Pacific Highway Bridge and interference with the public. For example, there was a public walkway running through the build area for the crane. Universal Cranes overcame these challenges to deliver the project on time and within budget.

Through client approval a spacer bar with 60-degree rigging was utilised in lieu of a spreader beam with vertical rigging to reduce the overall mass of load at radius.

Key Equipment Utilised:

Demag CC2800-1

60t girders installed at a radius of 62m with 230t of Superlift Counterweight

Read more: Pacific Motorway M1 Palm Beach (Nineteenth Avenue) to Tugun

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