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Opening of Liftech Shanghai Office

Liftech Consultants is pleased to announce the opening of Liftech Shanghai Co., Ltd. in China in December 2014. Liftech’s headquarters will remain in Oakland, California, where it has been for 50 years. Alex Huang will manage the Liftech Shanghai office. Alex has 10 years of experience in the design of container cranes with ZPMC and Kalmar. Liftech Shanghai will allow…

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South San Francisco Ferry Terminal Opens

Liftech engineers participated in the opening ceremony for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) South San Francisco Ferry Terminal at Oyster Point.  The new San Francisco Bay Ferry services will operate between South San Francisco, Alameda, and Oakland. Liftech, as a consultant for Manson Construction Company, designed the terminal’s gangway, float, and dolphins. The Manson-Liftech team began work on the…

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Yoshi Oritatsu Receives LEED Professional Accreditation

Yoshi Oritatsu, LEED AP and Liftech structural designer, received his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional accreditation in April 2009. LEED Accredited Professionals are professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes. Yoshi has participated in the design, analysis, and modification of container cranes, wharf…

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Anna Dix Selected for American Council of Engineering Companies 2009 Young Professional of the Year Award

Anna Maria Dix, PE, a structural designer at Liftech Consultants Inc. in Oakland, California, has contributed to the development of the design process for the “ductile link” tie-down system used on dockside container cranes. In hurricane and typhoon regions, extreme winds cause cranes to collapse, costing millions of dollars in damages. The system allows ductile redistribution of tie-down forces, greatly…

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1,700 ton Floating Crane Arrives for San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction

Liftech provided design assistance and review services to American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises for procurement of the shear leg derrick that arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area on March 12, 2009. Fabricated at ZPMC in China, the derrick will be used to erect the major components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge self-anchored suspension span. The crane equipment will be responsible…

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Sugiarto Loni Rejoins Liftech

In 1983, Sugi Loni joined Liftech and its growing structural engineering practice. From 1992 through 2007, Sugi worked with JWD, our former sister firm, as president and managing principal of the planning, architecture, and engineering practice. Now, Liftech is happy to have Sugi back. Sugi brings 25 years of management experience and design expertise with marine terminal structures including building…

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Two Bridges in One Day

On March 5, 2005, two ZPMC cranes aboard the Zhen Hua I vessel passed under the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges to journey to their new home, Port of Oakland’s recently strengthened Berth 32.

SSA Cranes Stranded at Manzanillo

The Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, felt the shock wave from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered at Colima 50 kilometers to the east. This caused a 75-mm misalignment of the adjacent OPI and SSA berths. The misalignment was at the expansion joint between the berths and distorted the crane rails so the two SSA cranes, which were parked on the OPI…

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