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High-profile overhead crane and hoist end user returns to speak at Crane & Rigging Conference Canada 2014

May 21, 2014 0 Comments

Fred WolseyFred Wolsey, a system engineer for cranes and hoists at Bruce Power, has added his name to a growing list of industry-leading speakers who will share expertise with delegates at this year’s Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada on Oct. 20-21 at the Marriott at River Cree Resort in Edmonton, Alberta.

The two-day conference, now in its fourth year, will address crane and rigging supervisors working in a wide variety of industries, facilities managers, and safety personnel. Overhead cranes, critical lifting, rigging, standards, competency, and training will be among key topics.

Wolsey attended the first two of Canadian-based crane and rigging conferences and has urged other end users to sign up and benefit from the knowledge available.
“I am very much looking forward to returning to CRC Canada. I am pleased to be able to give back to the industry in any way I can,” said Wolsey, who is based at Bruce Power’s hotbed of crane, hoist, and rigging activity approximately 250 km northwest of Toronto, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron, between the towns of Kincardine and Saugeen Shores.

“Between the contacts I have made in the broader lifting industry and the irreplaceable information from the presentations, the conference pays for itself,” he added.

Wolsey has also recommended the conference to colleagues. “Bringing a junior engineer in the past provided accelerated learning on a wide variety of subjects,” he said. “I would also suggest that bringing a supervisor, especially a new supervisor, would give him or her a window on a world that would otherwise be difficult to get.”

Support network
The Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) will again participate as a Supporting Organization, having sat as a panel to conclude the conference over the past three years. CRC Canada 2014 will also be supported by Industrial Training International (Event Partner), Liebherr-Canada Ltd. (Associate Sponsor), and Crane & Hoist Canada (Media Partner).

Headline speakers include Mike Parnell, president and CEO, ITI;  Knut Buschmann, president, Unirope Ltd.; and a professional from Liebherr-Canada Ltd., who will explore lift planning and share the benefits of the Liebherr lift planning system.

Buschmann, who also makes a return to the event having presented in 2012, has made arrangements with the University of Regensburg in Germany to conduct deep temperature wire rope fatigue tests. He will share findings with CRC Canada delegates in a follow up to the deep temperature strength tests he reported previously.

As attendees learned two years ago, with the increasing development activities of natural resources in Canada’s arctic regions, mobile cranes and other lifting equipment are now exposed to ultra deep temperatures approaching -60˚C. As a safety precaution, operation at such temperatures is often suspended. Little is known about the deep temperature behavior
of wire rope, but Buschmann’s research is going a long way towards changing that.

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