A tower crane in the virtual world
Ian Webb simply takes a look through the goggles and immediately finds himself in a whole new world – travelling from Liebherr’s Conexpo-Con/Agg main booth directly to the city, to a site 985 ft (300 m) in the air, in front of the Liebherr 710 HC-L luffing jib crane. “When can I get this for Xbox,” he jokes while using a game pad to explore the 3D world on his own. Looking closely at the man-size hook, flying into the crane's jib – anything is possible. This virtual reality application even allows to experience the crane in different weather conditions and different times of day and night.
Ian, owner and boss of cranesetc.co.uk, is excited about the virtual reality application. “You can get a realistic sensation of height. It’s fun!” Liebherr employee Thomas Steib adds: “With this application, customers get the chance to closely explore parts of a tower crane they could never see in the real world.” The 710 HC-L is the largest luffing jib crane available from Liebherr. It has a maximum lifting capacity of 70 US-tons (64 metric tons) and a maximum jib length of 213 ft (65 m). With its maximum hook height of 3,610 ft (1,100 m), it is perfect for high buildings such as the MoMA Tower in New York City.