Introduction to the Chicago Boom
A Registered Professional Engineer in both New Jersey and New York, Ghusalal Patel has 50 years of industry experience. Ghusalal Patel has worked with a number of companies over the course of his career, including New Jersey’s Vista Engineering Corporation, where he developed expertise in the use of a variety of specialized equipment, including Chicago booms.

A Chicago boom is a unique construction device that can be applied to virtually any kind of frame, including building frames, tower frames, and power plant stacks. The operation of a Chicago boom requires extensive knowledge and experience on the part of the engineer in charge, as booms vary greatly in terms of design. Some Chicago boom models measure as little as 10 feet in length and 225 kilograms in weight, while others may be as large as 125 feet long and 35 tons in weight.

A boom may be mounted during or after construction. A Chicago boom allows construction professionals to lift materials to the height of the boom and to lower loads back down to the ground. In order to prevent an accident, booms must be capable of withstanding the forces of excessive wind and friction at the pivots, among other external forces.

The Chicago boom is a very cost-effective machine, both in terms of capital cost and installation. However, this type of boom does require a relatively large, skilled workforce. Chicago booms are ideal in congested areas or other locations not suited to the use of mobile cranes.
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