A 100-year-old nunnery was picked up and moved 76 meters away

A 100-year-old nunnery in Shandong, China was moved 76 meters away from its original location. The 2600-ton building was shifted 50 meters east, rotated 20 degrees and moved again 26 meters north. It took a mere 82 minutes to move the 1700-square-meter property. That’s largely due to the self-propelled modular transporters that moved it. 

The original site had to be reinforced and replaced before the building was lifted 1.65 meters and placed on the modulators. Aerial footage shows the seamless relocation. Several of the modulators were placed underneath the building and hen it was ready to move, the modulators worked as a high-tech dolly. The nunnery was quickly shifted into place thanks to the wheeled transporters. 

The Franciscan Missionary Church of the Nuns was first built in 1893. It’s a protected cultural relic in Jinan. Historically it has served different functions like a missionary school, girl’s high school and a correctional home, certainly earning its status as a landmark.

When People’s Daily China shared the footage on Facebook commenters regaled at the technical feat. 

“Chinese civil engineering is right up there with the best,” one user commented

“Skill in engineering,” another added

“Amazing work,” another said

Zhang Xin the director of Shandong Jianda Engineering Appraisal and Reinforcement Research Institute, which completed the project, certainly had an impressive team. Xin told China News that the group had done over two decades of research in building displacement engineering to figure out how to achieve the effort.

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