Lifting Platform Installed in One of the Largest Tanks in the UK
Design & Build Project
It's been a great end to an enjoyable project - the design, build and installation of a lifting platform for the University of Southampton's Boldrewood towing and wave tank. For the first post on this project see this link.
First of all what a facility, at 138m long, 6m wide and 3.5m deep the tank is vast. It's also equipped with a wave maker, making it a really versatile facility for testing all types of marine equipment.
Blackfish always enjoy seeing our designs turned into reality and this project was extremely gratifying. The scissor table design can lift 500kg and provide a platform for test models to be tethered to. The installation of the 2.6t galvanised steel platform went really well despite the tight access space in the facility; this was thanks to thorough installation planning and our experience of lifting operations. The frame was installed in the tank in under 5 hours from the time of delivery, then re-positioned 120m down the other end of the tank. Thanks to SeaTech Diving for installing the final bolts to secure the frame to the base of the tank.
We look forward to seeing this platform used in the testing of marine energy devices and marine vessels in the future.