Sorry it’s taken so long to get the final stage of the installation of the AC72 written, but the final days of the Speed and Innovation installation and the opening events took up a lot of time!
The goal was to lift the platform about 8′ and place it on columns so the exhibition could be installed underneath. Obviously we didn’t have the luxury of hanging the platform from an overhead crane like Oracle did; we had to lift the platform from underneath. One of the problems we had to work through was identifying the best lifting points. We were pretty sure we could lift at the forward crossbeam using the same lifting points Oracle used. We knew it was the prime lifting point because of photographs showing Oracle’s lifts and because there were removable plates mounted on the underside of the crossbeam that had lifting straps attached to them. We had a quick discussion with Hampton Roads Crane and Rigging and they decided we could position two forklifts under those lifting points.