Adelaide Convention Centre Ballast Beam Project

Feb 21, 2020 | Crane Hire Services

Load 28 crane hire was approached by one of our clients to assist with the loading of façade panels onto the Adelaide Convention Centre project in Adelaide.

The Kingspan panels need to be fitted underneath an eave, and our client was looking for a solution that eliminated the manual handling need to handle material ‘upside down’, looking for a Safer and more efficient option to install the product.

Upon the planning review of the project, we found a certain elevation of the building that would require the installation of the panel underneath an eave at approx. 30m in height.

As none of our ‘fixed lifting attachments’ had the ability to reach this height, Load 28 decided to further design equipment for this work. This would benefit the client by using equipment to eliminate the manual handling, providing a safer method to install; eliminating also unnecessary panel joints.

Load 28 commenced design of equipment suited for this project; and in turn designed ‘The Load 28 Ballast Beam’.

The Ballast Beam Concept

We determined that we needed a ballast beam, that would allow us to achieve a forward projection of 4 m, fitted with a vacuum lifter that would allow some robotic movement to pick up the panel, rotate, invert it and lift into position.

As the product was being installed at height, using boom lifts, we felt it important that the unit be fully remote controlled to allow the operator/installer to adjust the beam remotely during the install process.

Sketches were completed for the concept; following through to construction drawings and engineering. The ballast beam is rated with an SWL of 1 ton.


Check out Load 28 Supervisor Luke showcasing our recent TC4 climb for valued client IJ Projects. Coordinated and focused, our amazing rigging team managed this lift so efficiently and safely.

This is not an easy project, as we are working with some close tolerances in the core, but true to Load 28’s innovative mindset, we designed a new chocking method to ensure we keep everything stable and safe throughout our climb. 


One should never underestimate the value and importance of positive client feedback.

Our TC3 went in the air successfully mid-March for our esteemed client Tandem Building Group for their 88 O’Connell Street project. 

The feedback we received: “The boys smashed it today mate. Awesome crew.” 
You can’t ask for much better than that!


PJC Construct utilised the services of Load 28 to assist them with the installation of their Tower Crane. We were engaged to service, repair, install and commission the crane and handover to PJC ready to operate. 

Our technical team worked hard to prepare the unit safely, and will continue to service and maintain the equipment for the duration of the project. 


We love working alongside our valued client Steamranger Heritage Railway.

Check out the video above to hear from Oliver at Streamranger discussing our recent lift of their 621 large steam locomotive at Mount Barker.

Using the power of our fleet, including our 230 ton Liebherr and our 130 ton Liebherr, we managed the job safely and efficiently. As Oliver says, the team from Load 28 worked “patiently” and “perceptively” and “listened to their needs really well”.

Well done lads. Collaboration and teamwork at its finest. 

Lifting in Yorkes

We are excited to announce the establishment of Ardrossan Crane Hire, a division of Load 28 Crane Hire. Ardrossan local and leading Load 28 crane driver and supervisor, Patrick Bush is excited to bring his experience and expertise to the local community.

Should you need crane hire on the Yorke Peninsula, reach out to Patrick (Bushy) on 0436 119 823 or at