The deployment of IDEFIX was a particular highlight.
IDEFIX – a KIROW KRC1200 crane – was able to demonstrate its capabilities for the first time during the installation of the modula® system platform and the dismantling of the underpass enclosure. The special thing about Idefix and its deployment in Hösbach was the rotating and swivelling work (the counterweight remains stationary in the direction of the track while the jib is able to rotate up to the adjacent track’s profile limit) and the use of the 60-tonne universal / off-standard spreader beam (also called a ‘Knochen’ (‘bone’) in German) that was built especially to this end.
This construction site also held a few little surprises in store for us. Among other things, for example, it became necessary to install an additional load-distribution slab (2.30 x 2.00 metres) made of reinforced concrete as the soil parameters and soil compaction were not sufficient for the prefabricated foundations. There’s also going to be an extension to the construction time here because a collision with the cable route has made it necessary to develop a new plan for the passenger elevator on Platform 2.
Thanks to the dedication of our crew working at the site and the good cooperation with our colleagues in the Systems and Heavy-Duty Machinery divisions, the outer platform was completed and successfully taken into operation on 14 April 2023.
TEAMWORK was key to this construction site!