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Doosan Excavator excels on wind farm project - continued

Work began on phase 1 in late 2010 to prepare the site access roads; this included the construction of seven kilometres of access roads and the upgrade of three bridges, to enable them to carry the weight of construction vehicles.

Phase two includes building a temporary construction compound, wind turbine foundations, a permanent metrological mast and more site access tracks.

Keith Leslie commented: “One of the reasons I wanted to purchase another DX300 size model from Doosan was to use the long-reach equipment that we had purchased with the previous DX300LC machine to complement the standard equipment.

“The long reach equipment is very useful on the Camster project because of the saturated peat terrain, allowing us to side cast the foundations without fear of pushing the peat back into the pits we’ve dug. The new excavator is a jack-of-all-trades on site, combining excavating with material handling and landscaping duties.”

Another advantage offered by the excavator is the greatly increased drawbar pull, which Keith Leslie says is very useful for manoeuvring and working on the heavy peat surfaces at the wind farm. A new travel device has increased the maximum travel speed to 5.3 km/h, while the drawbar pull is increased by 4% to 29,800 kg and lifting capacities have been increased by 6%.

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a Unic mini spider crane helped to install a new stone memorial at Beachy Head, Eastbourne. Photo:Adam Richards, Basingstoke Observer

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Mini cranes aids Bomber Command Memorial dream

A World War II veteran’s long-standing dream to commemorate the 55, 573 men who lost their lives as part of Bomber Command during World War II finally got to see his plan come together recently as a Unic mini spider crane helped to install a new stone memorial at Beachy Head, Eastbourne.

90 year old Joe Williams   The 6 tonne stone memorial was installed on this cliff side location after years of fund-raising and campaigning by 90 year old Joe Williams ( left), who completed 20 missions as a Lancaster Bomber rear gunner before being shot down over Czechoslovakia in 1945.

Beachy Head was the last part of British soil seen by many of the RAF crews flying out to German-occupied Europe so it was a perfect location for this greatly-anticipated monument.

Under the watch of a team of stone masons, the Unic URW-547 lifted the 2740 kg base stone then the 2780 kg cap stone   GGR Group’s 4 tonne capacity Unic URW-547 mini spider crane was used to precisely position the granite pieces of the memorial together on this restricted access area of coastline 137 m (450 ft) above the English Channel. A crowd of spectators watched GGR’s team of expert operators as they carefully lifted the two sections into position on a central plinth using this compact crane.

An RAF Chinook helicopter was used to transport the stone loads and Unic mini crane from nearby Beachy Head Road to the memorial’s final location on the cliff edge.

Under the watch of a team of stone masons, the Unic URW-547 lifted the 2740 kg base stone then the 2780 kg cap stone, which is inscribed with the message “Remember Them”, on top of it so the pieces fitted together perfectly. Once the job was complete the crane was folded up ready to be transported back to the main road by helicopter.

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