Mammoet delivers engineered heavy lifting and transport services to safely optimize timelines and increase efficiency for civil construction projects globally.
Mammoet delivers engineered heavy lifting and transport services to safely optimize timelines and increase efficiency for civil construction projects globally.
Urban centers around the world are facing a period of incredible change. Population growth, shifting lifestyles, new technologies and concern for the environment call for new solutions in civil construction in the 21st century. The need for new facilities to support these major changes, alongside on-going urban renewal in many of the world’s biggest cities, generates many challenges. Civil construction projects often need to take place swiftly and safely, with minimum disruption to communities. It is also vital that these complex projects, frequently involving many different stakeholders, meet strict timelines and budgets.
Major construction projects often require the safe installation of large and heavy components. Mammoet’s heavy lifting and transport solutions make that possible, whatever the civil project’s particular challenges - pushing the boundaries with new designs, minimizing impacts on the environment or communities, managing the complexity of a multi-stakeholder development while delivering value for money. With over 200 years of heavy lifting experience combined with state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge engineering know-how, Mammoet can manage all lifting and haulage aspects of a project with minimal interference with day-to-day activities around the site.
The construction of everything from office blocks and homes through to stadiums and other public venues is being revolutionized by modular construction techniques. Building entire homes and offices off-site, then moving the structures onto their foundations, brings multiple efficiency and safety benefits. Meanwhile large and heavy components including roofs and structural elements can now be built safely and efficiently at ground level and then lifted into place. Mammoet’s heavy lifting and engineering expertise means we are ideally placed to support civil construction contractors with these type of complex operations.
In close cooperation with our partners and clients, we are always pushing the boundaries of heavy lifting and transport and engineering new, often tailor-made, solutions for our customers. Our unrivalled fleet of equipment for lifting and transport combined with our skilled professionals and creative engineering mean we can find ways to tackle even the toughest challenge. This can-do spirit dates back to 1807, and the introduction of our first heavy-duty barge deck. It continues to this day with the constant evolution and adaptation of our fleet of SPMTs, and our 5,000-ton-capacity PTC cranes.
Our integrated approach together with Mammoet’s can-do spirit delivers a safe, high quality execution that meets, or even beats, deadlines. By developing an overview of your civil construction project and all of its heavy lifting and transport requirements, we can develop a single, all-encompassing plan that manages each lift and move. This leads to safer, more efficient engineering and construction approaches with maximized utilization of lifting and transport equipment.
Taking a smart approach to the heavy lifting and transport needs of a project means architects, stakeholders, public agencies, investors and civil construction companies can realize their structural goals, while safely keeping on schedule. With our experience and creative engineering we spot opportunities to minimize risk for our clients, helping them to manage project complexity and reduce disruption to on-going construction work and the community living around the project. The safety of the public, as well as their enjoyment of what is constructed, motivates us to develop and execute finely coordinated, high quality and very efficient civil construction operations.
Many of today’s civil construction projects are marvels of modern architecture. From airports to stadiums and retail complexes, each makes its own visual statement, with a design, environment and features to give tens of thousands of visitors the optimal experience. Safely realizing a unique design at such a large scale requires meticulous engineering and planning. When a commitment has been made to the public, partner businesses and sponsors with regard to an opening date, there is always a strict deadline and project owners are looking for a return on investment as soon as possible.
Maximizing efficiency and cost-effectiveness are crucial on any major civil construction project whether it’s a stadium, an opera house or a skyscraper. Multiple uses are often envisaged for the space, and some components might be built off-site, or constructed on-site and lifted into place. It may be an original construction, an upgrade or renovation. By engaging with Mammoet during the planning and design phase of the project, our engineered heavy lifting and transport specialists can help you develop and realize construction approaches that shorten the critical path and optimize the operation.
Construction time can be dramatically reduced by prefabricating or preassembling large components like the roof or seating sections in single pieces at ground level. Building them next to the main structure offers safety and efficiency benefits. If the project is upgrading or renovating an existing building, it may be possible for the facility to remain in operation for a longer period while off-site construction takes place. The same is true in reverse. Removing some existing elements for demolition elsewhere saves time and increases the efficiency of a renewal project. Whether and how such benefits can be realized depends on the extent to which the large and heavy components can be lifted and transported.
Preparing for such an operation requires careful analysis at an early stage to ensure the structural integrity of the components during the transportation, heavy lifting, installation and/or removal processes. Mammoet can support you in assessing in detail the weight and dimensions of the components, anchor points, installation heights and available space for lifting equipment. Our experienced, skilled heavy lifting and transport engineers provide civil construction contractors with a range of tailor-made solutions to suit a variety of settings and structural designs.
On many major civil construction sites, multiple contractors and subcontractors work according to their own scope of tasks and schedules. There may be several pools of staff and equipment for heavy lifting and transport jobs. However, if resources and schedules are split, it can make heavy lifting and transport operations difficult to optimize across the construction site. Underutilization of cranes and other equipment, on-site congestion and budget overruns may result. It can even compromise safety.
By taking an integrated approach that aligns and optimizes all lifting and transport activities across the construction project you can overcome these challenges. One point of contact and one pool of equipment mean operations can be streamlined. Heavy lifting equipment can be utilized to the fullest extent, while mobilization and demobilization activities are kept to a minimum. A centralized approach also enables a more effective response to unforeseen events that could disrupt the construction process. Mammoet will deliver a dedicated team of skilled people, a broad overview of the entire schedule, and specialized lifting equipment ensuring nothing will stand in the way of the big opening night.
Stadiums are important cultural hubs. In recent years, we have seen a shift towards multi-use stadiums for sporting events and music festivals, maximizing use and increasing return on investment for these high-end projects. While new-build, upgrade or renovation projects may vary in scale and complexity, what they share is the time-critical element. All stadiums need to be finished on time, ready for upcoming events. Each of these unique projects presents its own opportunities for optimizing efficiency and shortening the critical path of the stadium construction project.
Mammoet has supported the construction, upgrade and renovation of many large stadiums around the world, from Wembley in London to the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Our heavy lifting and transport expertise, together with our highly skilled operators and broad range of dedicated equipment, allows us to develop the optimal solution for any project. For example, to accelerate the upgrade of BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, the roof section of one stand was constructed and lifted into place in one piece. Due to its sheer size, and the fact that we could not place any equipment on the playing field, many lifting and maneuvering operations were ruled out. Mammoet decided to execute a tandem lift, using a synchronized maneuver by two cranes to lift the roof into position. Our expertise and dedicated team of professionals ensured that the project was delivered safely, flawlessly and on time. Afterwards, the stadium’s visitors could sit back and enjoy the game – on the scheduled delivery date.
Dennis Goodfellow is Sales Account Manager at Mammoet Canada. He and his team have helped realize a range of stadiums and other unique civil construction projects – sometimes in challenging circumstances.
As towns and cities develop, existing structures sometimes need to be relocated to make space for new or expanding urban and industrial areas. Likewise, certain builders find it is more efficient to build homes and offices off site and have them moved into place on completion. In other cases, conflicts of interest arise when buildings of cultural or historical value lie in the path of development. Rather than demolish them, one option is to carefully relocate such buildings in one piece. Mammoet has the expertise, experience and heavy lifting and transport equipment necessary to support clients through these complex structure relocation projects.
Building a home or office unit off site and moving it to its foundations offers many benefits. It can boost project efficiency through better economies of scale and improved safety. Conversely, when a building is ready for demolition sometimes the best option is to move it off site for quicker, safer execution. Mammoet’s civil construction experts have assisted with many heavy lifting and transport projects of this nature.
The biggest challenge in relocation projects is that buildings are not generally designed with transport in mind. Our engineers and heavy lifting professionals will carry out in-depth analysis to assess how a building can be disconnected from its foundations and moved. In most cases, dedicated structural support is put in place to protect the building’s integrity during skidding and transportation. During the design of the project, we will carefully select the most appropriate equipment depending on the weight, relocation distance and route.
Some civil construction projects benefit from the preassembly of homes or offices in an off-site factory or fabrication area. This approach mitigates the impact of weather or limited local resources on the schedule and improves safety by, for instance, removing the need to work at height. When complete, the structure can be transported from factory to foundation safely and efficiently with the help of our heavy lifting and transport experts.
The size and weight of the load can make for interesting transportation challenges. Our logistics experts conduct route studies to identify and avoid potential obstacles in the safest manner possible. Often, logistical bottlenecks are overcome through engineered solutions – roads and bridges are reinforced, or temporary new infrastructure is constructed to accommodate the load.
When it is time to execute the move, Mammoet’s professionals will cover all the variables and work to a strict schedule. Everything is planned down to the minute in order to safely meet our client’s timeline, helping control relocation costs and minimize risks.
In its long history, Mammoet has built up the expertise to develop and realize safe, efficient and cost-effective solutions to any transport challenge. This includes moving houses or industrial buildings in one piece – for efficiency or preservation reasons. Even when this approach seems impossible, using creative engineering solutions we find ways of lifting and transporting a range of homes and structures, whether newly built or ancient monuments.
Successful relocation starts with careful engineering and planning. It requires vision alongside heavy lifting and transport knowhow to tackle the very specific challenges involved. One of Mammoet’s most striking examples of this is the 750-year-old Emmaus Church saved, by relocation, for the community of Heuersdorf in Germany. The church was obviously not built for relocation and therefore had no structural stability for such an operation. Mammoet’s engineering department performed a structural analysis and designed a dedicated reinforcement system that would fit our specialized transport equipment.
The second challenge was preparing the transport route. The 15-meter-wide, 25-meter-high and 25-meter-long church needed to travel over 18 kilometers, beneath overhead power cables and over railway lines and bridges too weak for the load. Through careful preparation, we developed a highly specialized transport route and schedule to safely overcome these challenges one by one. We planned and executed the operation to a minute-by-minute level of detail.
In other cases, the engineering solutions may be very different. For example, in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we lifted and transported a 30-year-old mosque by cutting it from its foundations and skidding it to its new location. Our solution saved the original mosque from demolition, making way for a new hospital and saving seven months on the construction schedule – ensuring a highly satisfactory solution for all stakeholders.
Gernot Oeder, Engineering & Project Manager for Mammoet Europe, explains our expertise in transporting and relocating large and heavy buildings.
Unexpected mechanical failures, natural disasters or unforeseen complications during civil construction projects can seriously affect schedules and budgets. Likewise, safety concerns over the integrity of an existing structure or building may require a rapid response to mitigate risks and minimize loss of revenue and disruption. Immediate action is required to restore the situation, recover assets, guarantee safety on-site and manage any knock-on effects, especially as these events often have a direct impact on the surrounding area, for example by blocking road, rail or waterways, or making public areas off-limits.
Mammoet’s engineered heavy lifting and transport professionals are ready to provide valuable expertise in assessing the best way forward when the unexpected occurs, with specific attention to safety and the environment. Getting expertise to the site swiftly can significantly reduce the impact of an emergency or failure. Mammoet has access to a global pool of expertise and specialized equipment suitable for all kinds of civil construction work. On top of that, our in-depth knowledge of local rules and regulations, means we can quickly formulate an effective response to the situation that accommodates all regulatory requirements.
Unforeseen events may create a sudden emergency. Heavy equipment might need to be salvaged, repaired or restored to allow operations or transport to continue. Oversized and heavy structures may need to be lifted back into their original positions to continue a civil construction project as planned. Broken or damaged structures may need to be removed for off-site demolition. Whatever the situation, Mammoet can perform recovery operations swiftly and safely to reduce disruption, while minimizing impact on the schedule, budget and reputations.
With our professionals on-site, the situation can be thoroughly assessed and a plan put in place. Then a team needs to be mobilized with the relevant skills and specialized equipment, as fast as possible. In certain cases, this includes developing optimal routes to site for necessary equipment or components. It also requires a profound understanding of the restrictions of local infrastructure and regulations, and contact with relevant authorities to arrange the required permissions. This is where our engineered heavy lifting and transport specialists bring huge value to a recovery operation. In-depth knowledge, combined with creative engineering and the right toolbox for the job provide the key to a safe and cost-effective recovery operation.
If an emergency occurs, it will have consequences for the surrounding area. In such situations, our main focus at Mammoet is to quickly and efficiently stabilize the emergency, recover assets and minimize any additional impact.
Mammoet has performed many complex projects in civil construction and other heavy industries around the world. That expertise is crucial to developing fast, safe and cost-effective solutions for emergency situations. Our skilled personnel immediately visit the site to assess the situation. We make a detailed plan of action and start mobilizing the required equipment. Due to our presence all around the world, we have equipment and experienced professionals in all regions. Our extensive global reach also assures clients that we have a thorough understanding of local rules and regulations.
Our engineers bring a can-do mindset, enabling us to deliver a fast and efficient tailor-made solution. For example, Mammoet was called in to remove a large concrete roof from a commercial center in Nice, France, which was deemed unsafe. Instead of demolishing it on-site, Mammoet raised the roof and transported it to a scrapping location in one piece, saving three weeks on the recovery schedule and limiting the site’s loss of revenue.
When in an emergency situation, thinking clearly and creatively under pressure for time can easily turn an engineering problem into a manageable situation. In these circumstances, Mammoet’s expertise and safety culture ensure a smooth recovery.
Yan Billard, Managing Director of Mammoet France, began his Mammoet career in operations in 2004. Here he explains how we use our many years of expertise in civil construction to provide effective rapid response.