GEDA 1500 Z/ZP in use on Northern Swabia's biggest construction site
New Eurocopter Development Center grows skywards with the help of two GEDA transport platforms
This is currently the largest building project in Northern Swabia. For over a year Eurocopter has been building a new state-of-the-art Development Center at Donauwörth. The four-storey complex is being constructed over a total ground area of 30,000 square metres.
Combined competence and expertise from the outset
This large construction site is hugely important for the region as the new Development Center is set to employ about 900 people in the future.
The objective is to concentrate all the core competence and expertise for the development, production and support of helicopters in one location and secure it for the long term. Therefore the development capacities still located at the Ottobrunn site will be integrated into the new building. Of crucial importance in the project planning from the outset was the environmentally-friendly and innovative construction.
The Development Center consists of one four-storey main building with four individual office wings branching off on both the left and the right. In total the complex is 126.5 metres long, 97.5 metres wide and 22 metres high.
Successful “neighbourly assistance”
There are huge challenges for all the companies involved in a construction site of this magnitude.
One example of this was the selection of the appropriate height access technology where the construction companies responsible for this decided upon the long-standing experience and competence of the company GEDA-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co.KG located in Asbach Bäumenheim only 6 km away.
Two GEDA 500 Z/ZP transport platforms are being used to guarantee the safe and effective transportation of materials and people along the four-storey building. The Munich-based company Fischbacher, a long-standing GEDA partner, has rented the two devices to the construction companies involved.
The GEDA 1500 Z/ZP dual function transport platform
The GEDA 1500 Z/ZP transport platform combines two different devices into one, namely a materials hoist and a transport platform for people and loads. In contrast to conventional materials lifts, in which the transportation of people is strictly prohibited, as soon as the GEDA 1500 Z/ZP is switched to “transport platform” mode of operation, in addition to loads, people are also permitted to be transported.
The platform has a lot of space for bulky and heavy construction materials and therefore considerably improves logistics on the construction site.
To meet the requirements of every different construction site situation, the customer can select from the various platform options which extend up to load capacities of 2,000 kg and the practical modular construction means that there are many different combination options. The Eurocopter Technology Center is using the B-Platform which is 1.45 x 3.30 metres in size with a load capacity of 1,500 kg.
The GEDA 1500 Z/ZP transport platform is guided along two steel masts. This two-mast system has already been used successfully many times and ensures a smooth and stable travel movement up to a height of 100 metres. With a hoisting speed of 12 m/min in people transportation mode and 24 m/min for pure materials transportation, the transport platform is a clear winner in the harsh daily routines on a construction site and is the ideal partner for heavy loads and efficient work methods.
Safety is the overriding concern on every construction site. The GEDA 1500 Z/ZP transport platform is of course equipped with the usual safety equipment such as limit switches, speed-dependent safety gear, safety stop and overload protection.
In use until March 2013
The new Development Center will equip the world's leading helicopter manufacturer for the future. The acquisition of the complex is scheduled for March 2013 and until then the two GEDA 1500 Z/ZP devices will continue to provide their services on North Swabia's biggest construction site and play their part in the punctual completion of the project.