The RIX Group – Anchor plates

The RIX Group – Anchor plates

In March 2018 HLD was engaged by The Rix Group to design a set of anchor plates for the Sydney Metro infrastructure project.

The Sydney Metro project is the largest public transport project in Australia. Currently under construction, the project will connect North West Sydney with Bankstown via a new harbour crossing and a number of new stations.

As part of the construction of the Metro, the anchor plates were designed to be installed with a varying number of post tensioned strands at different angles as required…

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Crane Studies in the Pilbara

Crane Studies in the Pilbara

In January 2018 HLD was engaged by RCR Tomlinson to develop the installation planning and technical lift studies at Pilbara Mineral’s Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project. The mine is located in Western Australia’s remote Pilberra region, 120 kilometres south of Port Headland.

HLD was also recently engaged by RCR Tomlinson on their $33 million contract to design, construct and manufacture a five-kilometre relocatable conveyor system for Fortescue Metals Group…

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HLD Appoints new Mechanical Engineer Scott Gilmour

HLD Appoints new Mechanical Engineer Scott Gilmour

Scott Gilmour has joined the HLD team as Mechanical Engineer at our Sydney office. Hailing from the USA, Scott completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at The University of Maryland, about 15 kms north east of Washington D.C.

With his background in Design and Manufacture Engineering, Scott brings a unique set of skills to the HLD team. While our focus is predominantly on 2D modelling, Scott has had the opportunity to utilise his skills in 3D modelling…

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HLD plans 118 tonne new bridge lift for WestConnex

HLD plans 118 tonne new bridge lift for WestConnex

HLD was recently engaged by Joyce Krane to develop a series of lift planning studies for the construction of a new 70-metre bridge over Alexandria Canal in Sydney.

The new Campbell Road Bridge is part of the major WestConnex transport project currently under construction. As part of the project, Campbell Road is being extended eastwards across the canal to Bourke Road, Alexandria, easing congestion in the area.

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Crawler crane lifts on Christmas Island

Crawler crane lifts on Christmas Island

HLD was engaged by Indian Ocean Oil Co. to provide a peer review on a series of lift studies developed to replace a ship-loading facility’s redundant trusses. The ship loading facility was part of a major phosphate processing facility on Christmas Island. 

A Demag CC2200 crawler crane was used to remove seven-tonne trusses off the ship-loading facility in preparation for a newly built truss. HLD was then engaged to take over the management of all future lift studies required on the project. Due to the project’s tight construction timeframe, a number of urgent studies were completed over 48 hours.

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Sydney’s transport infrastructure boom; HLD on WestConnex and NorthConnex mega projects.

Sydney’s transport infrastructure boom; HLD on WestConnex and NorthConnex mega projects.

Sydney is currently amid a major transport infrastructure boom dominated by the construction of three major projects; the WestConnex motorway project, the NorthConnex tunnel project and the Sydney Metro Project, the largest public transport project in Australia’s history.

The new 33-kilometre WestConnex motorway will eventually connect two of Sydney's main motorways – the M4 in western Sydney and the M5 in south-western Sydney and will provide vital links to Sydney's main international gateways at Sydney Airport and Port Botany. 

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HLD now calls WA home

HLD now calls WA home

In January this year we opened our first overseas office in New Zealand, and have now expanded further to Western Australia, with our third new office in Perth.

With demand for our services keeping us very busy in Western Australia, a full-time presence on the ground was warranted.  Opening in November, this exciting milestone is yet another marker of a very successful and exciting year for HLD.

For projects in Western Australia, please contact Russell Parker on 0408 929 885 or email russell@heavyliftdesigns.com

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Russell Parker heads up our WA operations

Russell Parker heads up our WA operations

In October this year we appointed Russell Parker to head up our Western Australian operations and new local office.

As our Western Australian Manager, and lead lift consultant, Russell comes to us with a wealth of experience in heavy lift planning.  For 19 years, Russell ran his own company, Prime Crane Services, where he prepared high quality crane and rigging studies to meet rigorous standards required by blue chip clients, including Woodside Energy, BP Australia, BHPBIO and Rio Tinto, to name a few.

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Lifting Locomotives in Western Australia

Lifting Locomotives in Western Australia

At HLD we undertake technical lift studies for a wide range of unique heavy machinery on major projects around the country; from graders, diggers and excavating machines to tunnel boring machines and even mobile cranes themselves.

However, it’s not often that we get to plan the technical lift for a 195-tonne locomotive engine!  Our recently opened Western Australian office planned the lift of a 195-tonne locomotive engine using a dual crane set up of two Liebherr’s, the LTM1400 (400t) and the LTM1350 (350t) mobile cranes.

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HLD Appointed as Heavy Lift Consultant to Perth Airport Rail Link

HLD Appointed as Heavy Lift Consultant to Perth Airport Rail Link

HLD has been recently appointed by the Salini Imregilo & NRW Joint Venture to undertake all heavy lift consultancy requirements on Perth’s new Forrestfield-Airport Link rail line.

HLD is undertaking both third party verification works, technical lift studies and on-ground lift coordination on the $1.87 billion project, that commenced construction in May 2017.

The project, jointly funded by both the Federal and State governments will include three new stations; Belmont, Airport Central and Forrestfield. It is expected to be completed by late 2020.

At completion the rail link will provide an 18-minute commute from the Perth Airport to the Perth CBD and will terminate in the eastern foothills of the city.

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Hitachi Crawler Crane Study - Westconnex

Hitachi Crawler Crane Study - Westconnex

The Westconnex Joint Venture, comprising CPB, Dragados and Samsung C&T, recently purchased two Hitachi Sumitomo Crawler Cranes for ongoing use at the project’s Arncliffe staging site.

HLD developed the technical lift study that determined the 275 tonne, Japanese made crawler cranes were suitable for the sites requirements. The study determined that the cranes could lift up to three-tones around a radius of nearly 45 metres.

The Arncliffe staging site is now being used to deploy tunnelling machines towards Bexley and St Peters, through two tunnel shafts that penetrate 65 metres below ground.

Westconnex is the largest transport infrastructure project in Sydney since the Harbour Bridge was completed in 1932. It will eventually connect two of Sydney's main motorways – the M4 in western Sydney and the M5 in south-western Sydney and will provide vital links to Sydney's main international gateways at Sydney Airport and Port Botany

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HLD relocates its Sydney HQ to Balmain

HLD relocates its Sydney HQ to Balmain

With four staff now operating out of our head office, more space was required, so in July this year we moved from our Darlinghurst office, to new digs in Balmain.

We are loving the new location and all that historic Balmain has to offer… including all the old pubs to explore!

The new office is located at 1-15 Barr Street, Balmain and visitors are always welcome.

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HLD official agent for Raimondi NZ

HLD official agent for Raimondi NZ

HLD officially opened its first New Zealand office in Wellington earlier this year. HLD Managing Director, Blake Hammon said the highly-anticipated opening is a significant milestone for the company.

“We’ve had overwhelming demand from our international clients to increase our service offering in New Zealand, so it’s an exciting time for HLD with the opening of our new office in Wellington,” Mr Hammon said.

“We’re looking forward to working with some great new clients this year across both the North and South Islands.”

HLD is the exclusive distributor of Raimondi Cranes across New Zealand and will service major metropolitan centres such as Auckland and Wellington as well as other regional areas

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HLD Officially Opens Office in Wellington, New Zealand

HLD Officially Opens Office in Wellington, New Zealand

HLD officially opened its first New Zealand office in Wellington earlier this year. HLD Managing Director, Blake Hammon said the highly-anticipated opening is a significant milestone for the company.

“We’ve had overwhelming demand from our international clients to increase our service offering in New Zealand, so it’s an exciting time for HLD with the opening of our new office in Wellington,” Mr Hammon said.

“We’re looking forward to working with some great new clients this year across both the North and South Islands.”

HLD is the exclusive distributor of Raimondi Cranes across New Zealand and will service major metropolitan centres such as Auckland and Wellington as well as other regional areas

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Procedural Review on the Sydney Light Rail project

Procedural Review on the Sydney Light Rail project

Currently under construction, the CBD South East Light Rail line will span 12 kilometres and feature 19 stops, stretching from Circular Quay to Sydney’s south eastern suburbs. A tunnel underneath Moore Park and a bridge over the Eastern Distributor roadway will facilitate access to Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford.

The CBD South East Light Rail will redefine travel through the city, decongesting key routes in the CBD and linking up with important locations such as the sporting and entertainment facilities in Moore Park and Randwick, along with the University of NSW, TAFE and hospital precincts. The project will be completed and services will start running in 2019.

Acciona, the company responsible for delivering the project, appointed HLD to perform an independent technical review of the crane and lifting operations procedures for the project.

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HLD Appointed by CPB, Dragados and Samsung C&T JV for WestConnex

HLD Appointed by CPB, Dragados and Samsung C&T JV for WestConnex

Currently under construction, WestConnex is the largest transport infrastructure project in Sydney since the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is due for completion in 2023.

The new 33-kilometre motorway will eventually connect two of Sydney's main motorways – the M4 in western Sydney and the M5 in south-western Sydney and will provide vital links to Sydney's main international gateways at Sydney Airport and Port Botany. 

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Lifting Bridges at Narellan

Lifting Bridges at Narellan

The Australian and New South Wales Governments are funding a $114 million upgrade of 6.8 kilometres of Narellan Road, to reduce congestion and improve safety and travel times across South Western Sydney.

Engineering and construction contractor Seymour Whyte Constructions are currently building the second stage of the upgrade, which is expected to complete by mid-2018.

The current stage of works involves widening the northern bridge over the Hume Motorway and erecting a new pedestrian bridge on the southern side of Narellan Road.

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Prefab Panel Lifting at Hornsby Mixed-use Development

Prefab Panel Lifting at Hornsby Mixed-use Development

HLD was recently appointed by DNK Developments to design a highly technical lift solution for a residential/mixed-use site in the Northern Sydney suburb of Hornsby.

The project, designed by Mackenzie Architects will feature ground floor retail below three storeys of residential apartments, located within immediate proximity to the Hornsby CBD and transport interchange.

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