Our Services

With our multi-disciplinary team, at Wm. O’Brien we supply the equipment, expertise and know-how to address the unique challenges of your major projects. From project identification, through to preparation, execution and close out we provide customised, cost effective solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

We offer complete turnkey heavy lift solutions including project management, risk management, cranage and equipment, engineering and specialist personnel as well as site supervision.

Multi-disciplinary teams work to ensure you get the best results from both an operational and managerial perspective. When a project is at the early identification stage, we provide technical and commercial bid support, as well as comprehensive constructability studies and guidance to ensure the optimum selection of cranage and relevant equipment.

Turnkey Project Solutions

With our multi-disciplinary team, at Wm. O’Brien we supply the equipment, expertise and know-how to address the unique challenges of your major projects. From project identification, through to preparation, execution and close out we provide customised, cost effective solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

We offer complete turnkey heavy lift solutions including project management, risk management, cranage and equipment, engineering and specialist personnel as well as site supervision.

Multi-disciplinary teams work to ensure you get the best results from both an operational and managerial perspective. When a project is at the early identification stage, we provide technical and commercial bid support, as well as comprehensive constructability studies and guidance to ensure the optimum selection of cranage and relevant equipment.

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During project preparation our team provides comprehensive engineering drawings, Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS) and associated timescales. Transport planning includes road surveying, advice on street furniture, bridge inspections, permit approval and on-site route mapping.

In addition, we provide guidance on dropping electricity wires, cables, etc, and where necessary, obtain professional seals and certifications for State-level compliance.

Crane mobilisation and assembly, as well as the on-site management and movement of large cranes and equipment all make up the execution phase. Other elements include ensuring the use of effective matting systems and liaison with relevant Union representatives to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day activities.

As projects come to an end it is important to evaluate its success as well as record lessons learned and best practices to be applied on other projects. Our turnkey heavy lift solutions ensures you get the best mix of managerial and operational skills, expertise and innovation to deliver your project safely and successfully within budget and timescale.

At Wm. O’Brien we offer constructability services to review construction processes from conception to project completion before work commences. It is a formal process that merges the best of heavy lift engineering and construction expertise with project management skills and executive knowledge to achieve the most effective and efficient solution for our customers.

Our constructability services offering includes details of the optimum cranage, equipment and personnel needed, as well as road surveys, transport planning and assembly and detailed heavy lift method statements.

Road surveying includes the analysis of necessary road works that may be required to get large equipment to site, road permitting, the removal or addition of street furniture (such as traffic lights and road signage), drawings and bridge inspections.

Constructability Services

At Wm. O’Brien we offer constructability services to review construction processes from conception to project completion before work commences. It is a formal process that merges the best of heavy lift engineering and construction expertise with project management skills and executive knowledge to achieve the most effective and efficient solution for our customers.

Our constructability services offering includes details of the optimum cranage, equipment and personnel needed, as well as road surveys, transport planning and assembly and detailed heavy lift method statements.

Road surveying includes the analysis of necessary road works that may be required to get large equipment to site, road permitting, the removal or addition of street furniture (such as traffic lights and road signage), drawings and bridge inspections.

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We detail the optimum heavy lift method statement for on-site execution to fit with the customer’s timescale, including full mobilisation of cranes, co-ordination of all equipment and personnel, as well as any required permitting.

As the team analyses construction challenges at such an early stage, there is a natural reduction in construction costs, direct labour hours, the construction schedule itself and costly redesign work.

This also brings about a reduction in risk, realising increases in safety and quality, as well as minimising the impact on the environment.

At Wm. O’Brien we offer constructability services to review construction processes from conception to project completion before work commences. It is a formal process that merges the best of heavy lift engineering and construction expertise with project management skills and executive knowledge to achieve the most effective and efficient solution for our customers.

Our constructability services offering includes details of the optimum cranage, equipment and personnel needed, as well as road surveys, transport planning and assembly and detailed heavy lift method statements.

Road surveying includes the analysis of necessary road works that may be required to get large equipment to site, road permitting, the removal or addition of street furniture (such as traffic lights and road signage), drawings and bridge inspections.

Our project management team coordinates, plans, schedules, directs, monitors and evaluates your heavy lift to ensure it is delivered successfully and safely, on time and on budget.

At Wm. O’Brien we know that our success comes directly from our customers’ success. At the start of every project, we take your budget and timeline and make it ours. Our project managers collaborate directly with all relevant stakeholders and end users throughout the full project cycle to ensure objectives are met. You can be assured that no matter how complex or straightforward your heavy lift is, we will guarantee it will be delivered safely, on time and within budget.

Project Management

Our project management team coordinates, plans, schedules, directs, monitors and evaluates your heavy lift to ensure it is delivered successfully and safely, on time and on budget.

At Wm. O’Brien we know that our success comes directly from our customers’ success. At the start of every project, we take your budget and timeline and make it ours. Our project managers collaborate directly with all relevant stakeholders and end users throughout the full project cycle to ensure objectives are met. You can be assured that no matter how complex or straightforward your heavy lift is, we will guarantee it will be delivered safely, on time and within budget.

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With extensive project management expertise our team will coordinate and motivate all relevant groups, while working closely with our customers and stakeholders to successfully navigate your project requirements.

From identifying scope of work issues to detailed lift planning and scheduling, our team has you covered. We combine our core lifting capabilities with our comprehensive project management skills to ensure projects are run efficiently and cost-effectively and to schedule without compromising on safety or quality.

We also provide experienced PSCS (Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage) personnel whose responsibility it is to manage and co-ordinate all health and safety issues throughout the complete construction phase.

As part of their remit, prior to project commencement they will develop a health and safety plan for your project which then acts as the blueprint throughout the project detailing how issues will be managed.

Whether you need a single crane for a one-off lift or multiple cranes for the more complex lifts, Wm. O’Brien can provide an efficient and cost-effective solution for you.

We are proud to run a comprehensive crane fleet ranging from large crawler cranes such as the LR1100 and CC6800, as well as the LTM1200 which is largest mobile telescopic crane in the world, down to extremely effective 50 and 25 ton cranes.

Get peace of mind knowing that our skilled and experienced team are managing all aspects of your heavy lift.

Heavy Lift Crane Hire / Contract Lifts

Whether you need a single crane for a one-off lift or multiple cranes for the more complex lifts, Wm. O’Brien can provide an efficient and cost-effective solution for you.

We are proud to run a comprehensive crane fleet ranging from large crawler cranes such as the LR1100 and CC6800, as well as the LTM1200 which is largest mobile telescopic crane in the world, down to extremely effective 50 and 25 ton cranes.

Get peace of mind knowing that our skilled and experienced team are managing all aspects of your heavy lift.

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As part of our comprehensive contract lift service, we supply site surveys, drawings, and a crane driver as well as a crane supervisor and slingers and take full responsibility for all aspects of the lift.

Wm. O’Brien also offers a standard crane hire service. In this situation, we supply a fully certified crane and crane operator while the customer supplies the lift plan and is responsible for planning the lift and managing the safety aspect.

From straight forward lifts to more complex, critical and tandem lifts Wm. O’Brien has you covered.

Whether you need a single crane for a one-off lift or multiple cranes for the more complex lifts, Wm. O’Brien can provide an efficient and cost-effective solution for you.

We are proud to run a comprehensive crane fleet ranging from large crawler cranes such as the LR1100 and CC6800, as well as the LTM1200 which is largest mobile telescopic crane in the world, down to extremely effective 50 and 25 ton cranes.

Get peace of mind knowing that our skilled and experienced team are managing all aspects of your heavy lift.

Our experienced and competent engineering team collaborate closely with our customers long before we move on site to determine the most effective approach to successfully complete a project. Combining innovative strategies with many years of experience the team works with you to define the ideal solution from the beginning to deliver your projects safely, effectively and efficiently.

We create detailed lift plans giving you the assurance that every element of your heavy lift has been examined by our experienced team. Our engineers collaborate with the project management, operations and commercial teams to offer you the optimum solution to your heavy lift needs.

Planning lifts is far from just looking at lifting radius, load capacity charts, ballast trays and ballast wagons. Weight of load, height and working radius needs to be taken into consideration, but you also need to factor in access to the location, ground conditions, permissible wind speeds and much more.

Engineering

Our experienced and competent engineering team collaborate closely with our customers long before we move on site to determine the most effective approach to successfully complete a project. Combining innovative strategies with many years of experience the team works with you to define the ideal solution from the beginning to deliver your projects safely, effectively and efficiently.

We create detailed lift plans giving you the assurance that every element of your heavy lift has been examined by our experienced team. Our engineers collaborate with the project management, operations and commercial teams to offer you the optimum solution to your heavy lift needs.

Planning lifts is far from just looking at lifting radius, load capacity charts, ballast trays and ballast wagons. Weight of load, height and working radius needs to be taken into consideration, but you also need to factor in access to the location, ground conditions, permissible wind speeds and much more.

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Complex lifts often involve multiple cranes working simultaneously and our experienced team combine high-tech software with innovative planning to deliver bespoke solutions ensuring the most effective solution for your requirements.

Using advanced lift planning technology including Liccon Planner, suitable for Liebherr Cranes and Cranimax for Demag and Grove cranes, our team create engineering drawings to ensure safe and successful lifts every time.

As well as our heavy lift engineering services, Wm. O’Brien also offers a full range of lift and shift technical solutions such as jacking systems and skidding, along with specialised transport including modular trailers, SPMTs (self-propelled modular trailers) and SPTs (self-propelled trailers).

Jacking systems are an efficient way to move a wide range of structures, from large equipment to buildings and are regularly used to move bridges and modules from construction to their final position. These can be used in combination with strand jacks and skidding solutions to carefully and accurately manoeuvre loads into their exact location.

Skid systems allow for effective horizontal movement of equipment and are regularly used to move structures in environments where space is restricted.

Lift & Shift Technical Solutions

As well as our heavy lift engineering services, Wm. O’Brien also offers a full range of lift and shift technical solutions such as jacking systems and skidding, along with specialised transport including modular trailers, SPMTs (self-propelled modular trailers) and SPTs (self-propelled trailers).

Jacking systems are an efficient way to move a wide range of structures, from large equipment to buildings and are regularly used to move bridges and modules from construction to their final position. These can be used in combination with strand jacks and skidding solutions to carefully and accurately manoeuvre loads into their exact location.

Skid systems allow for effective horizontal movement of equipment and are regularly used to move structures in environments where space is restricted.

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Modular trailers, SPMTs and SPTs are all used to transport large equipment and cargos that would be difficult to dismantle.

Working with trailers from Goldhofer and SCHEUERLE, as well as others, Wm. O’Brien utilises this equipment for civil construction work, at port side for loadouts, to transport wind turbine components on site, to placing equipment in factories and in many other situations depending on customer needs.

With a diverse range of combinations, we can lift and move whatever is needed.

As well as our heavy lift engineering services, Wm. O’Brien also offers a full range of lift and shift technical solutions such as jacking systems and skidding, along with specialised transport including modular trailers, SPMTs (self-propelled modular trailers) and SPTs (self-propelled trailers).

Jacking systems are an efficient way to move a wide range of structures, from large equipment to buildings and are regularly used to move bridges and modules from construction to their final position. These can be used in combination with strand jacks and skidding solutions to carefully and accurately manoeuvre loads into their exact location.

Skid systems allow for effective horizontal movement of equipment and are regularly used to move structures in environments where space is restricted.

We partner with other industry leaders including large construction, project management and mechanical and electrical companies to develop winning bid strategies. We provide pre-project assessments and help identify the most suitable equipment and procedures for successfully execution.

During the bid stage, our project management, engineering and commercial teams work together to examine the technical aspects of the project, as well as looking at the wider logistical and operational challenges, to come up with innovative, effective and cost efficient ways to deliver even the most complex of projects.

If you would like to speak to one of our team members in relation to getting help to submit your commercial and technical proposal, please contact us.

Commercial and Technical Bid Support

We partner with other industry leaders including large construction, project management and mechanical and electrical companies to develop winning bid strategies. We provide pre-project assessments and help identify the most suitable equipment and procedures for successfully execution.

During the bid stage, our project management, engineering and commercial teams work together to examine the technical aspects of the project, as well as looking at the wider logistical and operational challenges, to come up with innovative, effective and cost efficient ways to deliver even the most complex of projects.

If you would like to speak to one of our team members in relation to getting help to submit your commercial and technical proposal, please contact us.

The decommission of large equipment, whether it’s a wind turbine, Ship to Shore Crane or an oil and gas platform, can present many challenges for companies.

At Wm. O’Brien we take on the role of principal contractor and offer a complete decommissioning service by combining an innovative practical approach with all the required project management and technical inputs. We take a holistic approach to the entire decommissioning process offering full project management, equipment hire, engineering and specialised personnel from pre-project planning and preparation through to dismantling, removal, transport and recycling.

Considering that decommissioning means no future return on investment for the customer, if not carefully planned and managed the potential for high cost overruns is high.

Decommissioning

The decommission of large equipment, whether it’s a wind turbine, Ship to Shore Crane or an oil and gas platform, can present many challenges for companies.

At Wm. O’Brien we take on the role of principal contractor and offer a complete decommissioning service by combining an innovative practical approach with all the required project management and technical inputs. We take a holistic approach to the entire decommissioning process offering full project management, equipment hire, engineering and specialised personnel from pre-project planning and preparation through to dismantling, removal, transport and recycling.

Considering that decommissioning means no future return on investment for the customer, if not carefully planned and managed the potential for high cost overruns is high.

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These projects are fundamentally different from installation and should not be underestimated in terms of project execution just because it might be less glamourous at the end of life.

Decommissioning projects need to be well planned and executed as they also often draw a lot of attention from an environmental impact perspective and it is important to protect the reputation of the owner by doing a good job.

Minimising risk is directly related to the amount of effort made to plan the removal and engage interested parties in the roll out of the plans.

A successful decommissioning and removals project ensures everything is completed safely, effectively, efficiently and on budget. At all times Wm. O’Brien operate to the highest ISO standards in terms of safety, health, environment and quality. Check out our case study on how we decommissioned the oldest working gantry crane in the world.

The decommission of large equipment, whether it’s a wind turbine, Ship to Shore Crane or an oil and gas platform, can present many challenges for companies.

At Wm. O’Brien we take on the role of principal contractor and offer a complete decommissioning service by combining an innovative practical approach with all the required project management and technical inputs. We take a holistic approach to the entire decommissioning process offering full project management, equipment hire, engineering and specialised personnel from pre-project planning and preparation through to dismantling, removal, transport and recycling.

Considering that decommissioning means no future return on investment for the customer, if not carefully planned and managed the potential for high cost overruns is high.

Wm. O’Brien offers a full suite of heavy lift specialists for our customers including qualified and experienced crane operators, signallers, riggers, engineers and project managers.

These personnel can be hired as part of a complete heavy lift project or on an individual basis to support projects where customers may not have a requirement for heavy lift machinery, but need the ‘people’ expertise on either a short or more longer term contract basis.

Our seasoned professionals have worked in varied sectors and projects allowing us to match the most suitable skill set and personality to our customer requirements.

The roles and responsibilities of individuals can differ significantly from project to project but with our detailed level of industry understanding, combined with a desire to maintain lasting relationships with our customers, we will always endeavour to ensure the right person is supplied for each job.

Specialised Personnel

Wm. O’Brien offers a full suite of heavy lift specialists for our customers including qualified and experienced crane operators, signallers, riggers, engineers and project managers.

These personnel can be hired as part of a complete heavy lift project or on an individual basis to support projects where customers may not have a requirement for heavy lift machinery, but need the ‘people’ expertise on either a short or more longer term contract basis.

Our seasoned professionals have worked in varied sectors and projects allowing us to match the most suitable skill set and personality to our customer requirements.

The roles and responsibilities of individuals can differ significantly from project to project but with our detailed level of industry understanding, combined with a desire to maintain lasting relationships with our customers, we will always endeavour to ensure the right person is supplied for each job.

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