Material hoist bucket

Like most projects, there are always a lot of moving pieces specifically when working in a delicate environment like a hospital. In this specific job, construction would take place right on top of a cardiac unit that had several labs- all required to keep functioning during the construction. “You’re working in an existing operating hospital. The more you can keep construction out of that hospital, the better you are. Our whole logistic plan was geared around that idea.”

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Crane Man Basket

Dominion Diamond Corporation is a major supplier of rough diamonds to the world market. Their operation at the Ekati Diamond Mine near the Arctic Circle often requires specialized equipment that can withstand challenging work environments and harsh climates.

Part of the process that brings rough diamonds to the surface involves skilled workers known as High Wall Scalers. This specialized crew works in the open pits to remove hazards, like large rocks and boulders, from the sheer, vertical walls of the mine, which can be as high as 30 meters.

Together, with the engineering team at Dominion Diamond Corp., Bigfoot designed and built a customized rock-scaling basket according to the company’s requirements.

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Navis anemometer

Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors needed to cut a 100-foot water tank, add a 40-foot extension, then put the suspended piece back on. For a company with more than 30 years of experience in constructing, installing, renovating and rebuilding large above-ground water tanks across the US, the project should have been routine.

It was anything but. Call it a perfect storm combining hazards and challenges that most project engineers do their best to avoid. “We were limited by sight constraints,” says Kurt Fuller, Engineer of Record for Phoenix. “Our three large cranes had limited mobility and were set up on a very tight work site. On top of that, we were directly adjacent to a community high school.”

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Tower Crane Accessories

First staked on August 29, 1889, and recorded with the county auditor on September 25, 1889, the Pride of the Woods mine tapped the same vein as the Mystery Mines. This mine clean up case study looks at how the mine tailings were able to be cleaned up without disturbing the gentle eco-system.

While the Mystery tunnels were driven into Mystery Hill from Monte Cristo side, the Pride of the Woods tunnels met inside Mystery Hill and were operated as a single mine. So complex were the ore bodies along this vein that one miner described them as resembling “a squashed spider”.

Built at the turn of the century, during Washington’s short-lived mining boom, the Pride of the Woods mine was abandoned by the 1920s, leaving behind mine tailings laden with toxic metals like lead and arsenic. These tailings had been leaching into the soil and nearby groundwater, posing serious health and environmental threats to both man and nature.

While other abandoned mine sites in the area had access roads, aiding in the reclamation process, the Pride of The Woods – located in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness area where machinery is not allowed – was unique in that it had no road access at all. The challenge was two-fold: how to remove environmental waste without altering the existing environmental footprint to protect delicate eco-systems, endangered species and cultural and historical artifacts.

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Windy smartphone anemometer

Safety is paramount on any production set and in an industry where getting just the right shot can make all the difference, that safety is even more critical when people and equipment are being lifted high in the air.

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Wind anemometer

Shooting Range Wind Sensor: Check & Mate

California’s Jim Ramsay entered the Extreme Benchrest competition as an amateur marksman but he finished it by besting the pros. His not-so-secret weapon? A shooting range wind sensor or more importantly, a Navis Wireless Wind Speed Sensor. Even more impressive was that it was his first time in competition and he had less than two months to practice.

What is Extreme Benchrest?

Extreme Benchrest is an annual rifle competition held in Arizona and hosted by Airguns of Arizona and the Phoenix Airgun Club. Benchrest refers to the gun sitting on a gun rest, meaning the operator isn’t standing or sitting, isolating all the variables. “The competition comes down to trigger control, breathing, gun performance and individual interaction with the gun,” says Jim. “The biggest factor is the wind.” In the competition, all participants qualify at 75 yards. Four relays are held, two for each category. The top ten from each round are chosen to compete on the final day of competition at 100 yards. The target consists of concentric circles, with the largest circle being 5.25 inches in diameter. The closer a participant is to the center (a bullseye roughly the size of an aspirin tablet), the higher the score.

Measuring Wind Speed

Up until now, measuring wind speed at a rifle competition was done mainly through the use of wind flags. This is a skill in itself since it takes a lot of training and experience to equate the flags to a miles per hour figure. “Ballistics programs take into account wind speed, miles per hour and wind direction,” says Jim. This calculates a wind adjustment value. Jim wanted to apply that same principle in the competition and began by looking for equipment measuring wind speed that would be used in construction. He wanted a wireless one for the shooting range so it could transmit data back to his smartphone. An online search turned up Navis along with the supplier, BigfootCrane. “Even from reading the brochure online, it seemed to be exactly what I needed so I got a system sent out to me.”

What Set Navis Apart

The most valuable part of the software, Jim says, is being able to see a running average with a history over the previous two minutes. This let him gauge where the averages were occurring. When it came to Extreme Benchrest, he was able to base his calculations on the average then adjust for that particular, which gave him a very qualified window of opportunity. “There was definite strategy involved. I could watch the running history to see much I had to adjust, just by using the sighters to see when the wind speed would return.” Jim figures he was the only person using the Navis Wind Speed Sensor technology at the competition. One competitor had a hand-held anemometer but it was mounted to his rifle scope, which meant he was measuring wind there rather than at the target. This would preclude him from being able to factor in other variables like speed or velocity. Jim set his Navis anemometer at the one-third mark, which is where he believed the most influential winds were located. “Ideally, you want to have the system close enough to accurately characterize wind environment but not next to the table where you’ll get disturbances as the wind flows around things.”

“The Navis Wireless Wind Speed Sensor performed even better than I expected, providing me with accurate real-time information right in the palm of my hand.”

Hitting the Mark

After the competition ended, Jim was asked if what he was using was a weather station. It only took a few minutes to explain what he had and how it worked. Not surprisingly, he ended up exchanging contact information with people who wanted to follow up with him at a later time. He noted that while several of the pros belong to an older demographic, there were younger members of the crowd who were only too eager to embrace the latest technology. “The Navis Wireless Wind Speed Sensor was a big hit with everyone but I really appreciated it at a completely different level because I hadn’t had time to fully train using the wind flag system.”

Focused on the 10-ring. Wind system visible downrange     Wind system with winning target and gold medal!

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self erecting tower crane rental

It was a tall logistical order, but we came up with an integrated plan that included a 35 metre Potain HD40A Self-Erecting Tower Crane mounted on an engineered 20 foot stand set up over the sidewalk, allowing foot traffic to move freely underneath

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crane rental cost

Within a week of being hired, we had installed a 45 metre Koenig K70 with an 8,800 lb. maximum lift up close and a 2,000 lb capacity at a 148 foot radius. All at about a quarter of the cost to hire a mobile crane.

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Crane Basket

Walsh and PCL have teamed up to complete some of the largest joint venture projects in North America. One such project is the Walsh/PCL JV II, $500 million Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven Connecticut. At its peak, this project will employ up to 300 people.

Replacement of the “Q” Bridge, as it is known by New Haven, Conn., residents-so named for crossing the Quinnipiac River-is the sixth of seven parts to the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program, one of the largest multimodal transportation improvement initiatives in Connecticut history. The project team is adding its own bit of history to the proceedings by making the new bridge the first extradosed bridge completed in the U.S., and the third in North America.

When it came to the equipment needed to ensure safety on site, Ed Hawthorne Safety Manager for the project turned to the Boscaro product line. The site now utilizes two Boscaro Emergency Rescue Platforms, various size self dumping bins, barrel grabs, and other selections from the wide Boscaro product offerings.

When asked why Boscaro, Ed had the following to say: “Boscaro products have proven time and again their quality, safety, and durability. Boscaro products continue to offer significant value on the project.”

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Spreader bar for crane

Amtrak, the passenger train company based in the USA, runs more than 300 trains on a daily basis. When Amtrak needed valuable train car components lifted for transport to the Mid-West, a Delaware based company, Active Crane Rentals, Inc. was hired to perform the hoists.
In order to maximize on their lifting capacity, Active Crane planned to perform a straight line pull. To protect the sides of the 70,000 lb and 100,000 lb components, they utilized their Boscaro EZ spreader bar system.

The EZ spreader bar system features a unique design of male and female interlocking sections. Each galvanized section can be used as an individual bar, as was done for the Amtrak lifts, or they can be combined to form an adjustable spreader bar with 1’ increments. By allowing you to adapt to project demands with one system, the need for an assortment of bar lengths is eliminated; improving your efficiency and helping to manage project costs.

“Today my big thing is cutting down costs and in order to cut costs you have to cut down on time. The available capacity and the ease of adjustability offered by the EZ spreader bar system equals cost and time savings. We utilize the bars every day, they are constantly in use.”

Butch Garton – Crane & Rigging Specialist, Active Crane Rentals, Inc.

Amtrak Uses EZ Spread Bar System

Amtrak Uses EZ Spread Bar System

Active Crane Rental Hoists Train Car

Active Crane Rental Hoists Train Car

Spreader Bar Set Up

Spreader Bar Set Up

Active Crane Rental base in Deleware

Active Crane Rental base in Deleware