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20 Mar 2017 — Three-of-a-kind: Manitowoc M12000

Smith Crane & Construction added a third Manitowoc M12000 120-tonne crawler crane to its fleet....

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23 Jan 2017 — Favco 96T goes up at the convention centre

The Favco M860D 96-tonne luffing jib tower crane, one of five tower cranes being erected for Fletcher Construction, at the site of the new NZ International Convention Centre (NZICC), Auckland....

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8 Nov 2016 — Demob of 12-tonne hammerhead for our client. See the link for video.

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27 May 2016 — Terex CTL400-24, new addition to fleet.

The Terex CTL 400-24 24-tonne electric luffing jib tower crane, bound for Auckland, will be freestanding 115m to the jib tip....

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24 May 2016 — Queenstown crew doing it tough in the latest cold snap!

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3 Feb 2016 — Grove RT660 Rough Terrain Crane added to the fleet.

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23 Dec 2015 — Tower crane hooks a cat

The Smith Cranes Potain MC85B 5-tonne hammerhead tower crane erected at Viaduct Harbour for Emerates Team New Zealand. It will be standing for two years on a specially-designed 6m static base and steel grillage to distribute lo...

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10 Dec 2015 — Time to extract teeth

The Liebherr LR1280 and Demag CC2800 work together to remove the cutting head from the TBM "Alice" at the site of the Waterview Connection tunnel project, Auckland....

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9 Dec 2015 — Swimming pool takes flight

The Grove GMK 6300L 300-tonne all-terrain crane lifts in a swimming pool....

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14 Nov 2015 — Smith Cranes to the rescue

When truck, trailer and container overturned at the Sockburn roundabout, Smith Cranes mobilised its Grove GMK 6300L 300-tonne all-terrain crane to get her back on all 12 wheels....

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12 Oct 2015 — Six-crane 'tandem' lift eliminates 95% of work @ height

The 60-tonne, 65m-long roof structure for Tuatara Structures of Greendale was hoisted today by a team of six cranes in less than one hour. During the lift portal legs, which were attached to the roof trusses by one bolt each, ...

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7 Aug 2015 — Liebherr 280 ECH Tower Crane goes up at University of Canterbury.

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21 Jul 2015 — Smith Cranes wins NZ Crane Association LIFT OF THE YEAR for its assembly of the 5-tonne Tower Crane at Waitaki Hydro Dam.

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13 Jul 2015 — Liebherr 12-Tonne Hammerhead tower crane goes up at University of Canterbury,

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4 Mar 2015 — Grove GMK 6300L 300-tonne all-terrain and Kobelco CKE 2500 250-tonne crawler cranes lifting Synlait's new boiler into position.

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1 Mar 2015 — "10 out of 10 for professionalism" says Hawkins

Smith Cranes have either hired and supplied or were involved in the erection of 10 out of 11 tower cranes in Christchurch since the 2011 earthquakes....

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1 Mar 2015 — Joining us soon... the Liebherr LTM 1060 3.1 is expected in March.

This is the 16th Liebherr crane to join our fleet with the company now owning almost one Liebherr in each class including LG, LR, LTR, LTM, LTC, LTF, HCL, ECH and HK....

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27 Feb 2015 — Announcing our latest arrival: the Liebherr LTM 1055-3.1

The world's most popular and reliable 55-tonne all-terrain crane....

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27 Feb 2015 — Spitfire replica restoration underway

From the office of Yvonne Densem, Christchurch Airport Communications Manager: "Smith Crane & Construction is one of three partners working on the refurbishment of the Spitfire replica, which we today removed from the Russley R...

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19 Dec 2014 — Coming soon... the strongest 3-axle crane on the market!

The Liebherr LTM 1060 3.1 is due for delivery January 2015....

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15 Dec 2014Handling the pressure: Little Kato MR100 installing submersible pump at the Rolleston bore.

The residents of Rolleston receive a new submersible pump lowered down to 84m by the Smith Cranes' Kato MR100 rough-terrain crane....

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21 Nov 2014 — Mile of cranes in Queenstown

Our Liebherr LTR1100, Liebherr LTM1070 and Grove GMK6300L are all working in Queenstown currently on the Five Mile 'resort town' project on Frankton Highway, Queenstown....

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21 Nov 2014Remarkable crane: Manitowoc M10000 100-tonne Crawler Crane at the Remarkables, Queenstown.

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18 Nov 2014 — Transformer placement at Swannanoa

28-tonne transformer at Mainpower's Swannaoa Substation being lifted into place by our Grove GMK6300 with 92.5-tonne counterweight....

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4 Nov 2014 — Smith Cranes recognised for rescue efforts

A plaque recognising Smith Cranes and its rescue efforts on 22 February 2011 was unveiled on 4 November 2014 at Parry Field Lawyer's new building....

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30 Oct 2014 — First of seven parts being located by the Smith Building Relocation team that together make the new timber stacker for Stoneyhurst Sawmill.

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28 Oct 2014Small but strong: No job is too small for the Civil Engineering Division as this project in Van Asch St, Sumner demonstrates.

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24 Sep 2014 — John Deere tractor assists Kaiapoi-Invercargill building relocation.

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23 Sep 2014Raising the roof in Nelson: 28m roof span lifted into place for Ultraspec Building Systems.

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19 Sep 2014 — Nelson branch trims Nelson branches

Nelson Tree Specialists has a team of five working with Smith Cranes over two days to take down a 30-metre tall eucalyptus tree next to the highway at Atawhai. For the whole story, click the link below....

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25 Aug 2014 — 280 ECH at work at Awly

Piling rigs and crawler cranes have done their job. Now its down (or is that up?) to the Liebherr 280 ECH Tower Crane to continue the work at the prestigious Awly Building site on Durham Street....

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22 Aug 2014 — Ground floor deconstruction begins at Christchurch Town Hall

The (estimated) $157M repair of the Christchurch Town Hall, James Hay Theatre and adjoining buildings is underway. Smith Crane & Construction has got the project started with back-breaking work down under, having been awarded ...

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21 Aug 2014 — 44-unit, 6-level "Ramada Suites" on Tuam Street nears completion.

When finished, Smith Crane & Construction will have supplied 130 precast wall panels ranging from 130mm to 220mm thick. SC&C's Potain MC175B 8-Tonne Tower Crane has been in-place for much of the construction, assisted by mobil...

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30 Jul 2014 — New Zealand's most experienced rail bridge builder does it again!

Not even driving rain could dampen the spirits of our guys at Camp Creek with the change-over of Bridge 72 marking the end of the successful five-month bridge replacement project for Kiwirail....

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17 Jul 2014 — Smith Cranes operator Tim Rhodes judged 'Trainee of the Year'

The Skills Organisation Crane Award was presented to Tim Rhodes at the Crane Conference in Queenstown. Another Smith Cranes operator Reinart van Rooyen took out second place last year....

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16 Jul 2014 — One of the tightest screw pile jobs undertaken...

The Smith Cranes Grove GMK5220 assists our Bauer BG25C Kelly Bar drilling rig installing screw piles at Kilmore Street with just 60mm of clearance between the pile and the building....

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14 Jul 2014New Zealand's first: Liebherr LR1280's unique luffing jib and Superlift combination put to work at Pokeno.

Smith Crane & Construction's Liebherr LR1280 Crawler Crane undertaking heavy lift projects at the Ashili Diary Factory. The crane can be configured with 73m of main boom, 95m of luffing jib and 120 Tonnes of Superlift counterw...

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3 Jul 2014 — Potain MC85B stands tall above Waitaki hydro-electric power station.

The Potain MC85B 5-Tonne Tower Crane now stands tall above the Waitaki hydro-electric power station in North Otago. Our experienced rigging team were assisted by the nimble Tidd PC25 which ferried tower crane sections to the s...

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1 Jul 2014 — Big lift at Te Mahi Hou, Marsden Point.

Smith Crane & Construction's largest crawler crane, the Demag CC2800, has been working on Marsden Point Oil Refinery's Te Mahi Hou expansion works. The giant crane can be configured to lift a massive 102 tonnes at a radius of ...

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15 Jun 2014Maximum headroom: New Zealand's first flat-top tower crane to arrive soon.

New Zealand's first flat-top tower crane will soon arrive, having only just been dismantled from a site in Las Vegas where it was erected to a height of 250m. The Smith Cranes configuration will offer 18T of capacity and 80m of...

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13 Jun 2014Damn fine job: Crane-erecting crane in tight space at Waitaki Dam.

The Kato MR220 Rough Terrain Crane will be used to erect the Potain MC85 Tower Crane on term hire to McConnell Dowell who are assisting with Merdian Energy's erosion control works. The crane's lake-side outriggers are supported...

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29 May 2014 — New chimney stack placed by trio of cranes at Ravensdown.

The Smith Cranes' Grove GMK6300 all-terrain crane placed the first 25m chimney section using over 74m of boom which was tailed out with the Liebherr LTC1045. The second 32m chimney section was tailed out with Franna AT16 pick-a...

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29 May 2014 — Terex CC2800 600-tonne crawler arrives at North Port, Whangarei.

The Terex CC2800 600-tonne crawler crane has arrived for Refining New Zealand's Te Mahi Hou Project. The project called for a boom length of 114-metres. With its 540-tonne counterweight the CC2800 was the ideal crane for the jo...

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29 May 2014 — Smith Building Relocation's newest house trailer caters for increased workloads throughout the South Island.

The new four-axle command-steer trailer is computerised with three high-speed hydraulic systems allowing all four axles to steer either automatically or manually as the job requires. The trailer's deck operates from a height of...

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27 May 2014 — Demolition over in flash

Few passersby watched as the former outpatients building at Ashburton Hospital suffered a two-pronged attack yesterday and was demolished by machinery. The demolition work started just before lunch and in a matter of minutes th...

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14 May 2014 — Mill Creek windfarm goes live today

Wellington’s second wind farm goes ‘live’ today when Prime Minister John Key formally switches on turbines at Meridian Energy’s Mill Creek. So far six turbines have been installed and two are now producing electricity. With...

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23 Apr 2014 — The biggest crane for the biggest tree

The Grove GMK6300L, our largest telescopic boom mobile crane, and our experienced emergency response team were mobilised to assist with a fallen tree on Collingwood Street, Nelson. The famous old redwood, dating back to 1919, ...

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16 Apr 2014Another grande job: Piling works completed successfully by the Casagrande C60 team.

The skilled Casagrande C60 team have now finished the works at 123 Victoria Street, Christchurch, with the last of 36 x 16m twin-helix screw piles installed on Tuesday. Parts of the project were undertaken only inches from an ...

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10 Apr 2014Rescued: Our Nelson yard was mobilised to recover this overturned trailer unit up the Whangamoas on Friday.

The cranes on-the-job were the 7-tonne Tadano ATF70-4 and the Tadano TL300E from our Nelson yard, together performing a controlled and gentle righting. Click the link below to view the actual video of the recovery....

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4 Apr 2014Firm footing: Piling has begun at the Tuam Street site of the future 44-unit "Ramada Suites" multiplex.

Smith Civil Engineering are tasked with the installation of 45 x 300NB screw piles to a depth in excess of 24m. Located at 264-266 Tuam Street (Christchurch), Ramada Suites promises a fully-managed boutique 4-star development, ...

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3 Apr 2014 — Work continues at Awly, the site of Christchurch's deepest piles

Our Civil Engineering team is still hard-at-work at the site of the future Awly multiplex on Durham Street where some of Christchurch's "deepest piles ever" have been installed by our experienced piling crew. Excavation of the ...

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2 Apr 2014Twin towers: Two tower cranes in the sky above neighboring sites on Victoria Street.

The Comedil CTL250 16-tonne luffing tower crane is on term-hire to Naylor Love; the second, our Liebherr 355HCL 32-tonne tower crane is right next door at the Ganellen site....

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1 Apr 2014New pool: Smith Cranes successfully perform 45 metre lift.

The Smith Cranes' Grove GMK5130-2 lifted the Compass Pools swimming pool over power lines, trees and a two-storey house to its new resting place on Kotare Street – a radius of over 45 metres....

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31 Mar 2014New arrival: The new Terex Demag AC40-2L, New Zealand's largest two-axle all-terrain crane, is the newest addition to Smith Crane & Construction's fleet.

The crane was purchased to complement the company's Queenstown fleet and features an impressive 38m main boom on a compact and maneuverable carrier capable of high road speeds....

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31 Mar 2014 — Leibherr LG1550 crane gets the Mill Creek Wind Farm underway

Smith Crane & Construction's Liebherr LG1550, New Zealand's largest mobile crane, has successfully assisted in the erection of the first base tower section at Mill Creek Wind Farm, North-West of Wellington. Smith Cranes is a ke...

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28 Mar 2014 — Marsden Point refinery schedule shutdown complete as maintenance work gets underway.

Work continues at Refining NZ's Marsden Point Refinery, where a full scheduled shutdown of plant is now complete and maintenance is now underway. Over 20 cranes are involved from around the country to undertake this huge opera...

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19 Mar 2014 — Kiwirail's Bridge 72 replacement underway at Inchbonnie

Smith Civil Engineering's works at Camp Creek, Inchbonnie are now well underway with the $1.5M works scheduled for completion by July. The works, which began in late February, include six 900mm bored piles sunk to a depth of 38...

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4 Mar 2014Fancy footwork: GMK4100 assists CKE2500 with 52-tonne maneuvers at Westland Dairy

The 52-Tonne boiler was no problem for Smith Crane's Kobelco CKE2500 crawler crane. The lift was assisted by the Grove GMK4100, performing a brief tandem-lift to maneuver the plant's footing safely into position ready for the h...

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3 Mar 2014 — Two additions to our fleet... arriving soon!

Smith Cranes will take delivery this month of two cranes, the Terex AC40, and the Liebherr LTM 1070. The AC40 all-terrain crane has a lifting capacity of 40 tonne and boasts the longest boom in its category with a maximum tip h...

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20 Feb 2014 — It's official: we're the biggest!

The New Zealand Crane Association directory lists Smith Crane & Construction Ltd as having 91 cranes – the largest number of cranes of all its members. Published in 2013, the 132-page booklet lists the credentials of all its me...

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18 Feb 2014 — Smith Civil Engineering to replace Bridge 72

Smith Crane & Construction have been awarded the $1.4M contract to replace KiwiRail's Bridge no. 72 on the "Midland Line". The works are due to commence now, and are to be completed by July....

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10 Feb 2014Crane assembling crane: Smith Cranes assist Tauranga Port with assembly of new Liebherr Portainer container crane.

Smith Cranes are assisting Rich Rigging with their assembly of the new Liebherr Portainer container crane at the Tauranga Port. Smith Cranes have two cranes on-site, being the Liebherr 1280 280-tonne crawler crane and a hired ...

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19 Dec 2013Cool under pressure: Record-breaking lift at Christchurch Hospital

Smith Cranes has completed a record-breaking lift for the CDHB in lifting the replacement 1.65-tonne cooler unit to the roof from a distance of 84m. David Brown Contractors had approached Smith Cranes to handle this technically...

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16 Dec 2013 — Precision work at Methanex NZ

Smith Crane Hire's Liehberr LG1550 successfully replaced two pre-heater units at the Methanex NZ Motonui Methanol plant near Taranaki. These large units weighing up to 140-tonne were replaced using all of the crane's available...

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16 Dec 2013Another first: Smith Cranes' newest addition offers clients cutting-edge of technology.

In another first in the southern hemisphere, Smith Cranes' Liebherr LTF1045 truck-mounted crane offers a true competitive advantage to its clients. Low axle weights and a carrier that's 2.5m shorter than similar 55-tonne Japane...

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16 Dec 2013 — Hammerhead standing tall at Kalmar's SugarTree project

Kalmar's "SugarTree" project is regarded as Auckland first major apartment construction since the economical downturn. This high profile project is next to the motorway in central Auckland. Smith Crane Hire mobilized its Liebh...

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13 Dec 2013 — Tower Cranes aplenty in Auckland

Our Liebherr 280ECH 12-tonne 'hammerhead' tower crane (pictured) has been erected on a static base by the Demag AC300 mobile crane for a Scarbro Construction project in Putuney Way, Manukau. Smith Crane & Construction also have...

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15 Oct 2013Precarious: Smith Cranes rescues dangling truck on the Old Waimakariri Bridge.

A motorcyclist thrown into a raging river in Canterbury after colliding with a truck clung to a small branch for 40 minutes to avoid being swept away. Emergency services responded, and Smith Cranes was brought in to recover th...

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9 Oct 2013Team effort: A trio of crane experts work together as Rena recovery continues.

Smith Cranes was engaged earlier this month by Pollock Cranes to supply a solution to erect the boom of the RMG500 recovery crane. The Resolve Marine 350-tonne heavy-lift shear leg barge crane (RMG500) has been brough...

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8 Oct 2013 — Award-winning invention

Smith Crane & Construction are the 2013 winners of the CDC Innovation/Technology Award. Presented by the Champion Canterbury Business Awards last week, the award recognises a breakthrough idea or innovation with potential to tr...

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25 Sep 2013Piles of work: The Awly Building multiplex on Durham Street is off to a good start with the installation of 88 piles now underway.

Smith Civil's Bauer drilling rig will bore piles of 900 and 1200mm diameter down to depths of 23-30 metres, providing the 5-storey multiplex with solid foundations. The Awly Building is widely regarded as Christchurch'...

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10 Sep 2013A cut above: The 320-tonne TBM cutterhead was lifted into position earlier this month.

"Alice" received her new set of teeth when Smith Cranes lifted in the 15m diameter cutterhead earlier this month. This very-necessary 320-tonne component of the TBM (tunnel boring machine), the tenth largest in the world, bri...

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20 Aug 2013 — Smith Cranes continues to play a vital part at the Waterview Connection project.

Work continues at the TBM (tunnel boring machine) assembly site where Smith Crane & Construction have a number of cranes in use including the biggest crawler crane in the country. The aerial shot shows the scale of the project,...

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19 Aug 2013Smith Cranes to the rescue: Big crane set to take down dangerous Wellington lift tower.

A big crane is now in Wellington to start taking down a quake-weakened lift tower in the central city. The tower in Lukes Lane was damaged in the 6.5 magnitude earthquake on July 21, and took another hit during Friday's 6.6 jo...

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15 Aug 2013 — Waterview Connection Project

Smith Crane Hire are working for the Well Connected Alliance assisting with the Waterview Connection in assembly of the tunnel boring machine (TBM). This 10-week project has 7 cranes on-site including our Demag CC2800 600-tonne...

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1 Aug 2013Pier pressure: Smith Civil Engineering to the rescue

Pier 28 of the existing rail bridge over the Opihi River suffered catastrophic collapse on Monday 17th June 2013 following flooding and high river levels causing undermining of the support piles. The team at Smith Civil Enginee...

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28 Jun 2013 — Bridge repair a tricky, cold job

An unhelpful river, bleak weather and freezing overnight temperatures were just some of the elements those repairing the flood-damaged Opihi rail bridge have had to contend with. But the freight must get through, and the first...

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28 May 2013Sweet home: First houselift in Canterbury 'a success'.

Denise Breen "burst into tears" when she saw her earthquake-damaged home hoisted into the air, but now she couldn't be happier. The house she owns with husband Phillip was the first to be jacked up for quake repairs on the fou...

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2 May 2013 — Screw piling technology being used at the ASB Theatre.

Smith Crane and Construction have been awarded the ASB Theatre Screw Piling contract in Blenheim. The scope of works involves supply, manufacture and installation of 91 screw piles. The Cassagrande C60 will be used to install t...

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8 Feb 2013 — Time-lapse reveals Clarendon's fate

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has released a time-lapse video of central Christchurch taken between February 1, 2012, and January 31, 2013....

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20 Dec 2012 — Railway bridge replacement at Mercer

Smith Civil Engineering replaced Kiwirail's Bridge 299 and Bridge 300 on the Main Trunk Line late last year at a site just north of Mercer. The works were completed on-time within a 48-hour window-of-opportunity and bringing ne...

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2 Jul 2012 — Container crane track renewal to cost $1.7m

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21 Jun 2012 — Giant crane comes to Christchurch

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13 Nov 2011 — Smith Cranes to position crane on barge next to Rena

A crane barge will be positioned next to the Rena tomorrow in readiness for starting the container removal phase of the operation....

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2 Mar 2011 — Crane man reaches out to help in rescue operations

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