Commercial & Industrial Infrastructure


Heavy Lifts, Mechanical Jacking & Levelling

We are hydraulic jacking specialists operating throughout New Zealand – including Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Meccanico also undertakes Seismic Base Isolation, Structural and Earthquake Strengthening.

We perform heavy vertical lifting and levelling for any large, heavy structure or load which needs to be moved. This includes Commercial and Industrial buildings, warehouses, bridges, ships,large historic/heritage buildings, churches and multi-level multi-unit buildings such as hotels and apartment buildings.

Hydraulic Jacking Specialists

Meccanico is New Zealand’s largest heavy lifting and levelling company. Our South Island head office is in Christchurch, our North Island head office is in Auckland.

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Mechanical Jacking Specialists


Heavy Lifting & Levelling

Virtually unlimited weight capacity: up to 6000 tonnes. Unique, computer-controlled Modular Synchronised Positioning System for fast, safe and precise Heavy Lifts, Vertical Positioning, Lowering, Roof Lifting, and Propping.

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Horizontal Positioning

Also known as Sliding or Skidding. Meccanico performs a lift then a controlled slide; using modular sliding and skidding systems, hydraulic push-pull units and low-friction pads, we horizontally reposition the building or structure.

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Seismic Base Isolation

To minimise damage during earthquakes, the building is lifted and placed onto bearings or pads. These base isolators / seismic isolators reduce the amount of seismic energy transferred to the building during an earthquake.

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Structural & Earthquake Strengthening

Structural remediation and strengthening, e.g. for earthquake-prone or at-risk unreinforced masonry buildings (URM) to improve seismic performance and meet compliance requirements.

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Fast, Precise & Safe

Complex Projects & Challenging Sites: Meccanico’s unique heavy lifting system was designed for even the most complex heavy lifting and levelling projects. This includes sites where access would normally be very difficult. Our custom-built lifting system is lighter, more mobile, faster and easier to set up than conventional methods. Additional equipment such as cranes and forklifts are not required.

Before performing the lift, Meccanico’s Modular Synchronised Positioning System weighs the building or structure and determines the exact centre of balance, in order to achieve safe, even weight distribution throughout every stage of the lift.

No site is too technical – Meccanico’s heavy lifting and levelling work includes technical jacking within basements, in underground car parks and for earthquake-damaged properties such as hotels and apartment buildings.


Advanced Technology, Controlled Accuracy

Modular Synchronised Positioning System: Meccanico’s custom-built, high-pressure hydraulic jacking system is extremely accurate. It is computer-controlled and uses multiple double-acting, connected pump units. Our heavy lifting system can also be scaled up – providing virtually unlimited weight capacity: up to 6000 tonnes.

The heavy duty hydraulic pump units are placed around the building, bridge or structure – keeping distances from the pumps to lifting points equal and to a minimum. This results in a much more stable, safer lifting and lowering action, with significantly less vibrations (most other heavy lifting systems work with just one very large pump unit and extremely long hoses).


Using Modular Synchronised Positioning System

(Similar to Meccanico heavy lifting system)

Schuman-Josaphat Rail Tunnel

(Brussels, Belgium)

During construction of the tunnel, 26 concrete rail casings were placed in the tunnel shafts. After hardening, the colossal concrete casings (each 90 metres in length, weighing 400 tons), needed to be lifted in order to place vibration dampers underneath and to build bridge supports.

The Modular Synchronised Positioning System combined high pressure hydraulics and digital control. Using the advanced system meant the positioning variance was just one millimetre per cylinder, and that no inadmissible stresses occurred in the structure during lifting and lowering.