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Hands-on Learning and Networking Provide Added Value for Crane and Rigging Conference Attendees

May 13, 2013 0 Comments

No post-lunch snoozing allowed during the May 29-30, 2013 CRC/ICHC conferences to be held in Indianapolis, Ind.  This premier event for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, fleet managers and others working with cranes and hoists in construction and heavy industry features a variety of hands-on learning opportunities.

Interactive Stations
New this year at the jointly held Crane & Rigging Conference and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference is a chance to participate in several hands-on learning stations, including crane simulators, computerized lift planning, rigging inspection, and smart phone management of assets. Participants will be given assignments to accomplish as they apply both low-and and high-tech tools. One participant from each station will when prizes, to be announced at the conclusion of the conference.

NACB Simulator 01Crane Simulators:North American Crane Bureau Group, Lake Mary, Fla., will challenge attendees to complete a simple load manipulation exercise to safely place the load using either a large scale mobile crane simulator or a desktop overhead crane simulator.operating_concept_radiomatic_pilot

Interactive Crane Controls: Attendees will operate a virtual crane using interactive pilot control, provided by HBC radiomatic, which allows control of the machine and crane functions by hand movements.

TP_WarningTag01Rigging Inspection: Rigging Institute, Knoxville, Tenn., will provide a variety of damaged slings and rigging hardware, which attendees must inspect and note all defects before concluding whether the sling or hardware should remain in or out of service or if it can be repaired.

3dLiftplanLift Planning: Using 3D LiftPlan software, provided by A1A Software, Fernandina Beach, Fla., attendees will build a lift plan for a specific lifting scenario, calculating the radius, setup distance of the crane, and which configuration to use.Infochip Sniper-web

Asset Management: Using an app from InfoChip, Lethbridge, AB, and their own smartphones with built-in NFC RFID readers, attendees will scan RFID tags on samples of industrial assets to create an inventory.


lift planLift Planning and Vendor Vignette
ASME P30 Planning for Load Handling Activities is a new standard designed to regulate lift planning processes, providing guidance for Standard Lift Plans and Critical Lift Plans.  Jim Yates, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for Barnhart Crane & Rigging, has served as a member of the P30 committee. He will present attendees with a brief overview of how the standard can be used as a risk management tool.

Following the review of the P30 standard, several lift planning software vendors will make brief presentations about the features and benefits of their products, providing attendees with a cross-market comparison of these valuable tools. Participating vendors include 3D Lift Plan, craniMAX, KranXpert, and LiftPlanner. Experts from these companies offer the following Top 5 Tips for Using Lift Planning Software.

  1. Lift planning applications should be able to calculate and create multiple rigging setups including adding shackles, lugs and other rigging accessories. They must be able to create and engineer multi-crane lifts, including tailing and tandem lifts. – Tawnia Weiss, president, A1A Software
  2. Calculation for outrigger loadings or ground bearing pressures must be done during run time and its input must be based on original values from the manufacturer. — Michael Kölsch, CEO, craniMax
  3. Sometimes a carefully crafted single sheet will be the only diagram required. Show the most critical aspect of the lift, like the load clearing the edge of the building with sufficient headroom in an elevation view. Locate the crane center of rotation in a plan view with dimensions from site landmarks. – Jim Meehan, Developer, LiftPlanner
  4. If the lift is more complex show the “stages” of the lift on different sheets. Sequence the sheets in the same order as the work will take place on the site. The order is logical like crane positioning on sheet one, load arrival on sheet two, rigging arrangement on sheet three, crane lifting begins, etc. – Jim Meehan, Developer, LiftPlanner
  5. The lift planning program must be easy to use and reinforced with good training and customer support. – Tawnia Weiss, president, A1A Software


Noise reduction: Helicon Filter;Coffee Break with an Expert
Ever hesitate to raise your hand in a large group because your question is specific to your situation or you feel it’s just too basic to ask in front of a crowd? While speakers will always tell you there’s no dumb questions, sometimes a small-group setting is just more comfortable for that kind of dialog. That’s what the coffee break with an expert is all about. The first dozen attendees who sign up at the conference will get a chance to network with an expert and other conference attendees.

Topics and Experts include:
Tower Cranes: Brian Silbernagel is the Corporate Safety Director for Morrow Equipment Co., Salem, Ore., which is an exclusive distributor of Liebherr tower cranes and operates the largest fleet of tower cranes in North America.

Wire Rope: Todd Stewart is VP/Global Industry Director—Crane Ropes and John Groce is a Senior Product Engineer for WireCo WorldGroup, Kansas City, Mo., which manufactures wire rope, synthetic rope, specialized assemblies, wire products, and electromechanical cable.

Inspections and Recordkeeping: Christopher Haviland is a Software Architect for Crane Logic, Ada, Mich. Crane Logic designs a digital interface for technicians which streamlines the crane inspection process.


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