(Istra Život d.o.o) Tourist Agency
Our work on our planned adventure park in Istria.
Our progress to date.
Talk about needing a lift!
All the posts are up and looking very high! The team of constructors are going to be coming to Istria to put up all the platforms, wires and games in the next couple of weeks and we need a way of getting them up the posts with the heavy oak planks! Usually, on trees, they are happy to climb with ropes and do all the work in their harnesses, however, these "trees" have no branches, no rough bark, are smoother with the preservative and the oak is definitely a lot heavier than the fir wood they are used to using.
So, as is usual for Nevenko and Nigel, it is agreed to build a "lifting platform". It has to be a lot cheaper than having to hire one, we think, plus we will be able to use it again and again in the future!
Of course, Nevenko, the engineer, knows how to make it and as time goes on the plan gets even better as we can put the platform on the back of the old lorry he still has. And, the hydraulic piston on the lorry can lift one half of the platform whilst the second piston he has in his garage can be used to lift the second half.
So all the steel required is bought in Pula along with two lifting motors and work begins.
The welding of the two six metre long "arms" and of the "platform" was very quick and efficient. Two coats of paint were applied. The lorry was brought back to life and driven close to the electric point as soon as the container was removed. We had a week to go before the arrival of Charles and his workers, the constructors of the high ropes and games for our "Glavani Park."
And then the problems began. Actually there was only one problem but it was a big one. The second piston half way up the lifting platform required the steelwork to be immensely strong and the angles very precise. When the platform was brought down in order for us to move the lorry from post to post we needed an angle of approx 30 degrees between the arms. When fully extended the angle is, of course, 180 degrees. This is a large arc for one piston and presented a big challenge.
The team arrived and started preparing and cutting all the oak planks into the 33 platforms, they cut up loads of the small pine we had earmarked for the fencing to use them for games, they prepared and cut all the lengths of wires for the games and zip wires.
All the time Nevenko and Nigel worked on the lifting platform. Unfortunately the team became ready for platform before the correct strength and lifting angles had been successfully found! The team returned to their homes in Montenegro and would return once we succeeded.
Perseverance brings success!
It took ten days of extreme determination and a conviction that we would succeed to finally get this lifting platform to pass the tests we had set it in order to allow the team to use it. Please watch the video to understand the scale of the challenge. The final maximum height of the platform is nearly 14 metres, over 40foot!
Nigel & Sue Simpson, Istria Life