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When a landmark is taken care by another

When a landmark is taken care by another

2017 . 08 . 03


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The City of Montreal celebrates its 375th Birthday this year. It is worldwide known for several historic reasons like the Olympic Stadium, its 100 churches, biggest French speaking city in North America and the wide variety of its museums. It is also well known for more actual reasons like the biggest underground city to overcome its harsh temperature in winter, the AI worldwide pole it is becoming with the addition of companies like Facebook, Google, Ubisoft among other for their data servers buildings and all because of its climate, and so on. Montreal is a young and dynamic old city.

One of the most significant icons of the city is the 100 feet tall steel cross on top of the Mount Royal. Its base is located at 252 meters (827 feet) above the St-Lawrence River water level. It was initially erected there by Montreal’s founder Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve in 1643. He initially placed the cross there to prevent flooding.

Then, in 1924, the actual illuminated steel cross was built in memory of de Maisonneuve. From 1929 until 1992, the lighting system consisted of 240 light bulbs, 120 on each side. To change colors, a manual replacement of bulbs was then required. In 1992 was installed a fiber-optic system allowing colors to be changed for the 350th celebrations of Montreal foundation. Now, the computerized lighting system is in great need of some adjustments and section replacements.

New regulations in Quebec Province that came to place early in 2016 lead the City of Montreal to find an alternative to work on the cross because Quebec Province Safety Board no longer permitted to climb any structure without proper life line anchor points. These improvements in regulations implies adjustments in the way things must be done, or required some structural modifications to existing buildings, structures, etc. Although some basic operations can be performed from inside the cross structure, some more physical and complex tasks absolutely requires the presence of workers outside of the structure.

The cross is located on top of the mountain, itself being a natural protected park. To get close to the cross base, a walkway loop of about a mile long, heavily frequented by pedestrians, joggers and bicycles makes his way in laces up to the summit. No way that any standard semi can borrow this road.

Once near the base of the cross, access close to the base is somewhat tight. Pedestrian trails located in heavy slope are the only way to a relatively clear land of about 40 feet surrounding the cross base. A standard wheeled AWEP, assuming it could be driven all the way up to the summit, would not have sufficient space to setup in a less than 3° degree slope, required for its operation. Tree removal, back filling and re landscaping would be required within the perimeter of a natural reserve. Out of the picture.

This is where Easy Lift 116-52STJ comes in, with its 116 feet of working height and 52 feet of horizontal outreach provided mainly by the 21 feet telescopic jib. The capacity for this compact tracked lift to drive, climb and be setup to work on slopes is a complete and natural solution to the City of Montreal’s challenge. Safety, efficiency and clear respect of aesthetics were all fulfilled with the Easy Lift 116-52STJ compact tracked lift, UP Equip active rental fleet member.

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