It is easier to build the bents on the ground. On the ground you can have a several crews building. After a few days of building them they set all the bents in a day or two.
If they built them in place you could only have 2 people in the air to connect and a ground crew flying wood in one piece at a time. Crane rental are expensive too. If you can get away with using a crane a day or two a week you can save alot of money.
As long as you have people who know how to rig the bents to the crane you can pick them perfect. Thats an art in itself.
Crane rental are expensive too. If you can get away with using a crane a day or two a week you can save alot of money.
Once you get the crane there, it will pretty much be there until you are done with it. The cost in transporting it would offset any cost savings of only using it a couple days a week.
My cost to rent a 20 foot scissor lift is $150/week or $350/month, but it costs $190 for a round trip delivery. Once we have it on site it stays there unless we are pulling it of for an extended ammount of time.
Granted I don't know what it costs to rent or deliver a crane. But, keep in mind that they can deliver about 8 scissor lifts at a time (with a delivery charge on each) but they can probably only deliver one crane at a time.
As one of the GCI interns, I can tell you that it will be ready for opening day. We are making great progress on the trains, and they are quickly nearing completion. Check into www.greatcoastersinterns.com to see updates on the trains and the latest announcements from GCI.
University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering
Capacity numbers that are given out are incredibly inflated, and not anywhere close to what happens in real life, generally.
850 is not by any means the end of the world.
I guess most enthusiasts would be shocked to see the real world numbers for some of their favorite coasters. I have first hand knowledge of popular coasters at popular parks where 300pph is considered really solid.