France-based Lab, which is developing the power plant building, commissioned RSS to test the equipment over the course of three separate two-day visits.Gary Coleman, site engineer at RSS, said: “We need to complete the tests in line with the stringent requirements of the site. The beams within the penthouse area of the building were required for installing filler bags and a separate contractor required certification of the hoists and beams so they could use them. The contract included the inspection of chain blocks and trolleys as they were installed. Remedial works will be handled as required.”Coleman also pointed out the project’s biggest challenge: “The client specifically stated that no pulling of the steel structure is allowed anywhere on site. This meant we had to adopt a more complex testing method from start to finish, adding time, cost, and manual handling.“We carried out testing by using live loads (or weights). We transported weights in our vans to site – a 625 kg weight and a little basket tare weight [weighing 34 kg]. We also bolted a 5-tonne safe working load (SWL) bracket into the concrete floor, held in place with four M12x120 mm through bolts. Once we had completed testing, we used a grinder to cut off flush to the floor and hammered the remainder below floor level to ensure no trip hazard remained.”www.ropeandsling.co.uk
ASIA: Malaysian land transport commission SPAD and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority have jointly launched a market-sounding exercise for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project. The proposed 330 km line would offer a 90 min journey time between the cities. The request for information issued on October 7 is intended to gauge market interest and gather industry opinion on commercial and technical aspects of the project. This would help to inform ongoing bilateral discussions and the future tendering process. Responses are sought from companies and consortia interested in participating in the design, funding, construction, operation and maintenance of the line, and/or which have experience of large and complex infrastructure projects.‘This market-sounding exercise marks a major milestone in our HSR journey’, said a joint statement issued by Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar and Singapore’s Co-ordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan. ‘It is important for us to be properly informed of industry views. We want to use this exercise to gauge market interest in the project and solicit views on different models and approaches. The feedback is crucial in helping us refine and validate our options, which will in turn help ensure a successful tender process’.High speed rail could ‘catalyse economic growth, unlock new opportunities, and transform the way our peoples and businesses interact’, said Khaw Boon Wan. However, ‘there are many examples of countries that have failed in their HSR aspirations or their HSRs have run into serious financial problems. A common reason is the gulf between the government’s ambitions and the market reality. This market-sensing exercise is intended to close that gulf.’More information is available at www.spad.gov.my or www.lta.gov.sg/hsr. The deadline for responses is November 18.
Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker won’t be playing his football at Stamford Bridge next season.The highly-rated youth prospect, who has previously been tipped to make the grade in Jose Mourinho’s first team, is set to be sent out on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.The 20-year-old must have hoped that he would be able to claim a place in the Blues’ squad next term, but will now have to prove his worth abroad before such a luxury is afforded to him.Meanwhile, are the west Londoners happy to see the England Under-20 international depart? Or do Chelsea fans believe their midfielder should have been given more of a chance to impress?You can see the best reaction to Lewis Baker’s season-long loan move to Vitesse Arnhem below…. ‘We’ll never hear from him again’ – Chelsea fans upset with the decision to send Lewis Baker on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse 1