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Largest crane in Switzerland on OLMA construction site in St. Gallen

Extension of the OLMA St. Gallen exhibition grounds by covering the freeway

For the extension of the OLMA St. Gallen exhibition grounds, the highway will be covered by about 180 meters. From September 26 to October 26, 2021, 186 concrete elements weighing up to 90 tons will be installed over the highway during the night. During this time, one direction of travel will be blocked at night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. when these girders are positioned with millimeter precision using the EMIL EGGER AG mega crane. To ensure that the closure extends over as few nights as possible, the 1000-ton LR-11000 crawler crane will be used for the work.
1000 tons crawler crane from EMIL EGGER in operation on Olma construction site in St. Gallen
Millimeter-precise positioning of concrete elements weighing up to 90 tons with the 1000-ton crawler crane

The imposing machine was delivered by 40 semitrailer trucks, and assembly took around 4 days. The weight of a single crawler is still 60 tons, and a 250-ton auxiliary crane assembles the various components. The total weight of this colossus is 1300 tons including the many counterweights necessary to safely lift these heavy loads. The length of the cantilever is impressive at 144 meters, a huge difference compared to the tallest building in the Cantonal Hospital, Haus04, which is only 78 meters high.

The first, nighttime assembly work has already been carried out and proceeded according to the program. Michael Egger, as head of heavy lift logistics at EMIL EGGER AG, is pleased with the positive progress of this challenging work. “It’s great that we can also present our mega crane in St. Gallen for once, after we increasingly carry out corresponding crane operations of bridges and elements of up to 500 tons in the Central Plateau and especially in Western Switzerland. Our specialists such as crane operators and drivers are also happy to be close to home.”

Through this expansion OLMA Messen gains an additional area on which a new hall with 9000 m² will be built, which should be ready for occupancy in autumn 2023.

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Fast, flexible and professional – that’s our motto. We can be reached 24 hours on the hotline +41 71 282 52 20 and are available in all regions of Switzerland. Thanks to our powerful crane and special transport sector, we are always ready for action. EMIL EGGER is also the only Swiss company to rank among the top 20 German-speaking crane service providers. Our diverse fleet includes mobile cranes, crawler cranes, mobile construction cranes, special cranes, truck cranes and mini cranes.

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