How do Tower Cranes raise themselves?

A photograph looking straight up at a yellow tower crane on a construction sight with a building covered in yellow plastic sheeting in the background as well as another tower crane under a bright blue sky

Tower cranes are the colossal giants of the construction industry, looming high above bustling cityscapes and worksites.  But have you ever wondered how do tower cranes raise themselves skyward, seemingly defying gravity with each additional floor?  In this blog, we’ll delve into the intricate mechanics behind the awe-inspiring process of how tower cranes raise themselves. […]

How does a Self-Erecting Tower Crane work?

Picture of a building site with a high-rise building being constructed using a self-erecting tower crane, with a large number of high-rise buildings in the background under a clear blue sky

Picture this: you’re overseeing a construction project, and you need a crane that’s efficient, versatile, and easy to set up.  Enter the self-erecting tower crane – a crane which can save you significant time, money and manpower. What’s there not to like? But how does a self erecting tower crane work, and what sets it […]

Origin stories: Why is heavy machinery called plant?

Excavator digging loose rocks and gravel in a valley surrounded by pine trees with snow covered mountains in the background

In the world of heavy industry and construction, it’s not uncommon to hear the term ‘plant’ tossed around to refer to massive machinery and equipment.  If you’ve ever worked in construction or engineering, or even if you’ve just been curious about the origins of certain terminologies, you might have wondered why heavy machinery is often […]

What is a crane capacity guide?

Image showing a crane spanning over a bright yellow train being loaded with ballast by a body of water, with bright blue skies overhead, in Ländte Scherzligen in Thun, Switzerland

Next time you are looking to move a heavy load, how will you choose which crane to use? Surely one of the first things you consider is how much each crane can lift. It’s not just a matter of efficiency; it’s a crucial safety concern. To determine the lift capacity, you need to check out […]

Luffer crane vs saddle jib tower crane: what’s the difference?

Beautiful skyline view of Tower Bridge in London with a crane in a sunset background.

Among the diverse types of cranes available, the luffer crane and the tower crane stand out as two stalwarts in the industry. Yet stacking them against each other- luffer crane vs tower crane – what are their unique characteristics? Let’s delve into the details and explore the key differences between these construction giants. Understanding luffer […]

What are tower cranes used for?

Multiple sky-rise buildings, some still under construction, interspersed with blue and yellow cranes against a blue cloudless sky.

In the boom of the modern construction industry, it’s hard to get a cityscape view that doesn’t include these colossal structures, but have you ever wondered ‘What are tower cranes used for?’  At Fortis Heavy Lift Group, we know tower cranes play a pivotal role in modern construction, standing tall against the skyline as both […]

Tower crane questions and answers

A view of a high tower crane up high, the operators cabin perched between two tall buildings under construction.

Looking across the skylines of our cities from a distance, we see a horizon of rooftops and steeples, and above that, many impressive, towering skyscrapers.  Yet look more closely as between these skyscrapers you’ll see dotted all over myriad outlines of the frames of some mysterious machines that play a crucial role in the development […]

The secrets and solutions to moving plant machinery

Man in a hardhat and vest, supervising the moving of large piece of machinery, which is being lifted above his head in a factory

Moving plant machinery is a complex and challenging task that involves much more than just loading equipment onto a truck. It requires careful planning, expertise, and teamwork to ensure a safe and successful move.  In this blog, we will reveal our secrets to successfully moving plant machinery, shedding light on the intricacies of this specialised […]

Determining the difference: All Terrain crane vs Mobile Truck crane

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Life is full of choices. Do you buy the new long-wheelbase Defender or the classic Discovery? Decisions, decisions! The old “pros and cons” list might seem a bit trite, but often it’s the best way forward.  Choosing the right type of crane for your specific project is crucial to ensure efficiency, safety, and cost-effectiveness.  In […]

Origin stories: The history of tower cranes

A black and white silhouette of a city scape, showing a number of high-rise buildings being constructed, with seventeen cranes in the skyline

The History of Tower Cranes is a story of a complex and pivotal journey in building our nation. When we gaze upon the towering skyscrapers, intricate bridges, and massive structures that define our modern world, we often overlook the unsung hero responsible for lifting, placing, and constructing these marvels—the tower crane.  This piece of heavy […]