DALLAS, Nov. 30, 2016 -- The Helicopter overhead in SE Dallas early morning last Saturday wasn't the local traffic reporters. Instead, it was the installation of data equipment at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in West Downtown Dallas. MEI Rigging & Crating used a helicopter, three forklifts, and a small mobile crane to complete the move in less than one hour. In that hour, they moved about 25,000 pounds of electrical switchgear up nine stories into very tight spaces, culminating three months of preparation with their downtown client.
Most projects in a downtown area have buildings spaced out far enough to use a crane, but in West downtown Dallas, the spaces were so tight, MEI substituted a helicopter for traditional crane rigging. The helicopter never touched the ground, using a three story parking structure as a temporary helipad. The operation was schedule for Friday overnight into early Saturday morning so as to not disrupt neighboring businesses. As the electrical switchgear equipment was lifted by helicopter and fitted into place, the client's operation was still running, requiring shutting down only one line at a time. Precision timing and placement was critical.
The project involved a large volume electric gear, ranging from under a 1,000 pounds to over 23,000 pounds, was completed without any disruption, whatsoever, in business for the client. Each piece of electrical switchgear equipment took less than a minute to move by helicopter as all the equipment had been pre-rigged for flight.
"Certainly using a helicopter as an air crane cut our rigging time in half," says Chuck Lane, MEI Rigging & Crating Dallas Sales Manager, "but the excitement was simply just the payoff from three months of planning and a well executed project."
MEI also provided storage and transportation services coupled with overall advice to the client team on how to best facilitate each phase of this moving project to maximize the clients budget.
About MEI Rigging & Crating:
MEI Rigging and Crating provides rigging, machinery moving, factory relocation and crating services for industrial and commercial clients from their offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. With broad rigging experience across semiconductor, medical and industrial markets, and a focus on export packing, MEI Rigging and Crating has a depth of experience that enables them to tackle any job. www.MEIRiggingCrating.com