Engineering

Wheatstone Project

While working on the Wheatstone Project, lead project rigging engineer, Dusko Barac, proposed an innovative idea.

Dusko realised there was an opportunity to increase the operational envelope of the permanent facility bridge cranes to include maintenance works. The reach of the gantry cranes needed to be extended to allow them to pick up components previously out of reach.

RUD Australia was engaged by Chevron to work in partnership with Edwards Heavy Lift and Pacific Hoists to create a turnkey solution.

Working from the design concept for a structurally supported lifting beam, RUD Australia helped develop the final detailed design and manufacture the beam.

Challenges included tight lead times for structural and steel fabrication, as well as the time needed for custom-designed and manufactured trolleys to arrive from Germany.

As the project manager, RUD Australia needed to work closely with the client and supply chain to ensure the design outcomes were attainable.

The beam was then tested to both RUD Australia’s specifications and those set by the client.

  • Rigorous design testing was conducted before the beam was shipped to the worksite.
  • Final fine-tuning of pneumatic control systems were conducted on-site, ensuring the operational settings were correct.
  • Design and testing documentation was also prepared by RUD Australia.

The final project documentation proved to be the most comprehensive that Chevron had ever received for a standalone lifting apparatus. The operational capabilities of the lifting beam have been proven on-site and received positive feedback from major maintenance partners.

The ingenuity of the design, built-in safety features and overall ease of operation are key benefits that have been praised by multiple project stakeholders.

RUD Australia’s lifting solution for Chevron was awarded CICA Lift of the Year in 2017.

Speak to a RUD Australia expert to find out how our engineered solutions can increase your project efficiency and safety.

  • Collaborative help

    Without the collaborative help from our member partners, this project would certainly not have been possible.

    Dusko Barac Lead Project Rigging Engineer, Wheatstone Project
  • The best system

    I believe this is the best system that we could have chosen.

    Gene O’Keefe Chevron

What Our Clients Say About RUD Australia

  • Laurie Patterson

    “Half the amount of gear for the same result”

    Patterson Crane Hire loves a challenge and RUD lifting gear helps us solve these challenges. The weight saving gains when we use their Grade 120 ICE range really makes a difference and minimises our risk when we are managing difficult, heavy lifts. Simply put, this is why we choose to work with quality suppliers like RUD.

  • Graeme Jones
    Operations Manager, Holcim Werribee

    “Safety and expertise a key factor for Holcim”

    At Holcim (Werribee) we rely on RUD Tyre Protection Chains. Their strong expertise and professionalism is on display when they fit and maintain our chains on site. The team works hard to keep us safe, enable our machines to stay in operation and minimise our costs.

  • Marcus Ghikas
    Managing Director, Air and Allied

    “Quality suppliers and supportive business partners, recommended without hesitation”

    Air & Allied Sales (Pacific) has partnered with RUD Chains for the past 25 years to deliver outstanding engineered solutions. The professional and continued relationship with Ian and his team allows us to continue to support our customers above and beyond their needs.

    Our recent requirements have pushed the limits of a standard supplier’s capabilities, but RUD Chains have never waivered in their scaled supply. As a result, we have been able to meet surges in demand without issue, passing on the excellent support offered by RUD Chains to our own customers.

    RUD Chains are both quality suppliers and supportive business partners, and we would recommend them without hesitation.

  • Richard Devereux, Managing Director
    ACRAN

    “RUD Chain Drives provide a controlled drive solution for engineering challenge.”

    As Managing Director of ACRAN, we are always excited to provide innovative and quality technical solutions to the market for industrial ventilation, filtration and noise control solutions.

    Recently we completed a project where RUD chain drives provided a controlled drive solution for an Engineered lift and fulfilled the requirements. ACRAN is grateful for the technical and on-site support provided by RUD Chains and look forward to completing future projects together as a trusted partner.

  • Sarah Forbes
    Gemilang

    “Australian Made Endurequip Hoists provide a safe and reliable maintenance system to deliver new bus fleets.”

    At Gemilang, we’re confident that our high-quality Endurequip-made Portalifts and vehicle stands will continue to serve us well as we build more buses for the Australian market. These provide us unparalleled underbody access, thereby giving our clients the reassurance that every single bus component, from top to bottom, is designed, manufactured, secured and inspected thoroughly by our engineers and technicians.

  • Gavin Witton
    Project Leader, CQCN North Wagon Operations, Aurizon

    “Service Levels from design through to commissioning unmatched by others”

    The team at Jilalan appreciate the quality service you provided in the design, fabrication and commissioning of our platforms for our Wagon remediation project.

    RUD’s attention to detail and great communications skills ensured that our project was completed to the highest standard and exceeded our expectations.  From the start of the procurement process you committed to ensuring time frames could be met and delivered quality products as per agreement. We are grateful for this as no other company we contacted could make these commitments.

  • Jim Grima
    Grima Recycling

    “RUD service compliments RUD system quality”

    Grima Recycling have been working the team at RUD in realising our plant expansion project. The modular RUD chain conveyor has proved to be reliable and effective for the transfer of of our recycled products from the loader hopper and up the inclined slop as part of our new process line. The regular contact and support provided by RUD compliments the RUD system quality. 

  • Forbes Day, Operations Manager
    Enco Precast Pty Ltd

    “RUD Engineering support and expertise a real asset”

    ENCO Precast have been involved with RUD for over 10 years now, predominantly for the supply of the Philipp Group Lifting Hoops for Prestressed Precast Concrete elements for bridges. The engineering support led by RUD’s Engineering Manager Matt Pauli is always outstanding and has kept us loyal to RUD.

  • The Jundee Nickel Mine
    Western Australia

    “RUD Toro X19 chains have surpassed all of our expectations”

    RUD’s service and product support have been excellent. We are happy to recommend RUD to anyone who has problems with their tyre life.

  • Paul Denison
    Bullivants Townsville

    “The RUD team were able to design, manufacture and supply a cost effective solution”

    We see our long term relationship with RUD more as a partnership than supplier and customer. RUD’s service and product support are excellent and their team of industry specialists is always on hand to answer any of our questions.

We work with clients of all sizes, and across all sectors to help solve your business challenges.