The Omnipresent Crane in Campbell

Ask a question, share a drawing or tell us in the comments what you think of this colossal crane.

We've all seen . The kids are all fascinated by it (and so are many of us "grown-ups" as made apparent by the enthusiastic fist pump in the photo attached to this article!). We even did on the behemoth.

Now, we have a "homework" assignment for the young and young-at-heat:

  1. Draw a picture of the crane and submit it at the top of this article (easiest way to do this is just snap a picture of the renditions and then upload).
  2. Write a question for the crane operator.

So far, we have gotten two questions:

  • From a 5-year-old: How does it work?
  • From a 9-year-old: Why doesn't it fall over when the horizontal part is longer than the vertical part?

As soon as I have more than a handful of submissions, I will contact the construction crew, ask the questions, get the answers and post the responses here.

And for those curious as to how tall this piece of heavy equipment is, here's your answer: 150 feet!

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Lynn May 10, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Does the operator stay up there all day? How does he get up there?
Elizabeth Ward May 14, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Questions collated from our children (ages: 11; 9; 7 and 4). Where was the crane made, and by which company? How much does a crane that size cost if I wanted to buy one? How long did it take to construct the crane on-site? How much does it weigh? How much does the counterbalance weigh? How far can you see from the top? What was it working on before this project? What will it be working on next? Who owns the crane? What is the heaviest load it can lift? How fast can the jib rotate? How many people can be in the cab at a time? How long does it take to get up and down from the cab? What would happen in an earthquake? Is this the biggest crane? (If not, what is the biggest crane?)


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