KCI supports heaviest onshore lift in history for Dubai-I
Oceanteam subsidiary KCI - the Engineers, recently carried out the installation engineering for the heaviest onshore lift in history for the Dubai-I, the world’s largest Observation Wheel. The spindle for the Dubai-I was lifted on it’s A frame end of May. The crane had to lift a record weight of 1835 tonnes. KCI has taken care of its concept, the basic and detailed design and the installation engineering. The spindle is the biggest ever build and was shipped from Abu Dhabi to Bluewaters Island in Dubai this spring.
The Dubai-I is one of the first successful projects of KCI’s recently launched Wheels division. With the newly launched division, the company gives its expertise in this field a more prominent place in the marketing strategy. The Wheels division now has become the fourth pillar in KCI's marketing strategy, next to Oil & gas, Renewables and Equipment. KCI has been involved in the development of over 15 Observation Wheels, geographically spread from New York to China.
Looking over the past decade, the company's track record in Observation Wheels is unparalleled. Over the past three years KCI has been involved in the design and engineering of two of world's largest Observation Wheels.
Marc Groenendijk, managing director at KCI, sees a big future for the freshly launched division. "The design of very large Observation Wheel is quite complex and pushes the boundaries of what is technically feasible. These projects require very high end engineering and specific experience. It are true multidisciplinary projects where of course structural expertise is key but also insights into mechanical engineering, drive systems, automation and control are of vital importance. Aspects as wind load, seismic activity, icing, dust etc. are important starting points for the development with respect to safety, life time and maintenance."
"Every wheel is unique in its design, size, structure and environmental circumstances. It all depends on the area in the world where a new Observation Wheel will arise. We have designed wheels intended for installation on top of a building, wheels with a single pole support structure, wheels for high risk seismic areas, spokeless wheels etc. We love challenges and can provide our customers with a wide range of consultancy & engineering services such as Concept, Basic and Detailed Design, Fabrication Support and Installation Engineering."
KCI is a multidisciplinary engineering firm providing full design, engineering and consultancy services for the market segments Oil & Gas, Renewables, Equipment and Wheels. KCI is a subsidiary of offshore service provider Oceanteam ASA.