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Heavydrive installs glass art in the Craiova Art Museum

Twelve and a half metre high panes with undulating contours installed by a special Heavydrive's system

In the Craiova Art Museum, Romania, renowned Romanian architect Dorin Ștefan presented his latest work, the Brâncuși Pavilion. The work of art consists of large glass panes in various special arrangements, mounted horizontally and vertically.

As the glass elements could not be installed using conventional equipment, Heavydrive developed a special suction system.

During the installation process, there was very little stability – only the finished work of art itself was stable. The panes could not be suctioned on directly because of their crossbars and special shape.

Special design of the suction system
To resolve the situation, Heavydrive developed special spacers on the suction plates to bridge the distances to the crossbars over the entire span width of the glass pane. This allowed the adapted VSG 4000 K MH vacuum suction system to install the panes safely and without incident, despite the strong wind.

For the second construction phase, twelve glass panes measuring 3 by 12.5 metres and weighing 3.4 tonnes, three roof panes measuring 3 by 9 metres and several four-tonne glass panes measuring 2.5 by 11 metres were set in place using the VSG 4000 K MH vacuum suction lifter.
“This project presented immense challenges,” said Guenter Uebelacker, Managing Director of Heavydrive. “We are all the more thrilled to have been able to complete the installation on schedule and without any problems, using our custom-built system.”
As early as the planning phase, Heavydrive worked with the customer to develop an ideal solution, adapted to the construction site situation.

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