Archaeologists never fail to gaze in wonder at how the Ancient Egyptians managed to drag 2.5-ton granite blocks to build the pyramids. The same goes for Stonehenge, the Easter Island statues, and almost every ancient building and structure. Today, the human fascination with moving heavy objects is as strong as ever. Instead of ropes and wooden log ramps, there are bulldozers, excavators, and dump trucks.
No More Heavy Things?
Massive pipeline construction and plant hire in Gold Coast and anywhere else in the world are ordinary orders of business. Modern machines can haul, carry, and throw things that people do not have the strength to move on their own. People have gotten so good at moving heavy objects, that almost everything today is movable.
Without anything heavy to move around, however, everyone did the next best thing: building heavy things, and then moving those. These feats of unbelievable engineering have gone into the record books.
The earliest and the most complicated, heavy move happened in 1888. The Brighton Beach Hotel was a hundred and seventy room hotel that was in danger of mimicking Atlantis due to beach erosion. The contractor, B.C. Miller, used jacks to hoist the three-storey building into the air. After which, he built a small railroad beneath it so they could move the structure on flat bed cars a hundred eighty metres inland.
The feat happened again just a little over a century later. The Hotel Montgomery, built in 1911 in San Jose, California had reinforced concrete to make it fire and earthquake resistant. When the building fell into disrepair in 1989, the city decided to move structure instead of demolishing it.
Using the same method as the Brighton Beach move, the four thousand eight hundred ton building was put on jacks and then on remote controlled cars. The cars carried the hotel to its new location fifty six metres away. The whole operation cost eight and a half million American dollars.
Today, earth-moving equipment is available for different kinds of construction projects. The safety of the workers is the top priority, and the government has done its part to ensure their protection. Soon, extreme moves will be the norm, not the exception.