The role of the civil engineer in planning crane operations in the construction industry
University of New Brunswick
As the complexity of heavy lifting operations grows, the civil engineer will play a vital role in the planning of these operations. The civil engineer must possess the range of skills required to plan safe and economical lifts. The implementation of computer-aided drafting techniques is beneficial to the planning process of mobile crane operations in construction. In particular, the planning of erection operations for tilt-up construction can be improved by the application of CAD technology. Co-operation between the general contractor and the crane sub-contractor in planning tilt-up operations can reduce the erection costs and improve the schedule of thB project. Mobile crane manufacturers present their load capacity chart information in a wide variety of formats. This is particularly true in the case of Jib capacity charts. A standard format is desirable for consistent, reliable information retrieval. By evaluating the parameters available in a mixed format for various machines, the information can be transformed into a useful standard format. Once in this format, the information can be stored in computer files for quick retrieval and manipulation.