Stunt Rigging: Behind the Camera with an Industry All-Star

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Stunt Rigging in the Movie Industry.

Article by By Mike Chalmers for Wire Rope Exchange

Many of the world’s most famous faces and personalities will garner precious amounts of camera time at the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. And the films themselves will, at least for a night, finally receive their just deserves.

What probably won’t receive as much of the spotlight is the enormous amount of stunt rigging that goes into a Hollywood production. In fact, entertainment rigging is a world within a world, with its own celebrities, mad scientists, daredevils, and rock stars.

Oddly enough, Wire Rope Exchange had the great fortune to track down one of the biggest names in the world of entertainment rigging (and in this case, stunt rigging), and ask him about the ins and outs of this “world,” and what it’s like to set up and operate rigging projects that comprise some of the most talked-about films of the year — films that end up on stage in envelopes at the Dolby Theatre each February.

Keir Beck is one of the most experienced and sought after Stunt Rigger/Stunt Coordinators on Earth. With over two decades of adventure sports and climbing under his belt, and nearly fifteen years at the helm of his own

Stunt Rigging
Teamwork and comradery is the glue that keeps entertainment rigging teams safe, successful, and always at the top of their game.

entertainment rigging endeavor, Beck has become a world-renowned specialist in the Stunt Rigging and Coordinating arena. His resume is a head-turner: Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Casino Royale, Superman Returns, San Andreas, Narnia, Pitch Black, Sherlock Holmes, Mad Max 4: Fury Road, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and many more.

In 2001, Beck started his own specialized rigging company — Inmotion Rigging — based in Arundel Old, Australia, with an additional location in Inglewood, California. Inmotion caters to the film and entertainment industry, working all around the world to provide creative and unique rigging solutions for both stunt and camera departments, game shows, live circus, and aerial entertainment.

We got hold of Beck while he jumped through time zones between California and Australia. Instantly likable, here’s what he had to say.

Wire Rope Exchange: You’re one of the most notable names in the industry. Can you give us a quick run-down of your job description day-to-day, and how you landed within this line of work?

Beck: My title is either Stunt Rigging Coordinator or just Stunt Coordinator. Working on a film that is heavily weighted with rigging-related stunts means that on a day-to-day basis, I would be either designing rigs from the storyboards or pre-visualization, doing safety reports, overseeing rigs going up, rehearsing, or filming. With more complex rigs, there’s a lot of time just thinking about how you can achieve what the director is asking.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Wire Rope Slings – Care and Maintenance

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Terry Young, president of Construction Safety Experts, in the US, discusses identification, inspection and removal criteria for wire rope slings. The ASMEB30.9-2006 Standard requires wire rope slings to show the name or trademark of the manufacturer, diameter or size, number of legs, if more than one, and the rated loads for the types of hitches used and the angle upon which it is based.

The initial identification is done by the manufacturer and should be maintained by the user so as to be legible during the life of the sling. Replacement of wire rope slings identification should be considered as a repair and is required to be performed by the manufacturer or a qualified person. It must be marked to identify the repairing agency.

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Additional proof testing is not required when replacing sling identification. An initial inspection should be performed prior to using new, altered, modified or repaired wire rope slings. It should be conducted by a designated person to verify compliance with applicable ASME 30.9-2006 standards.

A frequent visual inspection for damage must be performed by the user or designated person each day or shift the sling is used. The best safety practice is to inspect the wire rope before each use, task or lift.

Any condition meeting the ASME 30.9 – 2006 removal criteria or other condition that may result in a hazard must result in the sling being removed from service. The sling should then not be returned to service until approved by a qualified person. Written records are not required for frequent inspections.

A periodic inspection is to be conducted at intervals, not exceeding one year. This requires a complete inspection for damage to the sling by a designated person. The inspection should be conducted on the entire length, including splices, end attachments and fittings.

The frequency of periodic inspections should be based on frequency of use, severity of service conditions, nature of lifts being made and experience gained from the service life of slings used in similar circumstances or conditions.

Guidelines for the time intervals are

  • Normal service – yearly
  • Severe service – monthly to quarterly
  • Special service – as recommended by a qualified person or manufacturer
  • A written record shall be made and maintained of the most recent periodic inspection

Removal criteria

A wire rope sling shall be removed from service if conditions such as the following are present.

  • Missing or illegible sling identification
  • Broken wires
  • For strand- laid and single-part slings, 10 randomly broken wires in one rope lay, or five broken wires in one strand in one lay.
  • For cable-laid slings, 20 broken wires per lay.
  • For six- part braided slings 20 broken wires per braid.
  • For eight-part braided slings 40 broken wires per braid.
  • Severe localized abrasion or scraping
  • Kinking, crushing, birdcaging or any other damage resulting in damage to the rope structure
  • Evidence of heat damage
  • End attachments that are cracked, deformed or worn to the extent that the strength of the sling is substantially affected
  • Severe corrosion of the rope, end attachments or fittings.
  • Other conditions including visible damage that may cause doubt to the continued use of the sling

Hook removal criteria is listed in the ASME B30.10 Standard. Rigging hardware removal criteria is listed in the ASME B30.26 Standard.

Read original article here at International Cranes and Specialized Transport

For all your rigging repairs, inspections and services, call Hercules! Our inspectors are trained to the highest standard and are LEEA registered.

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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Lifting Industrial Equipment Market is Estimated to Grow

The industrial lifting equipment market is estimated to grow from USD 63.96 billion in 2018 to reach USD 79.73 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.51% between 2018 and 2023. The key driving factors for the growth of the industrial lifting equipment market are increasing demand for lifting loads in the shipping industry, growing demand for forklifts in warehouse and logistics segment, and the rising demand for cranes and hoists in the mining industry.

However, the high initial cost associated with industrial lifting equipment hinders the market growth

The market for mobile cranes to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period  Lifting-Container

The market for mobile cranes is expected to exhibit a significant growth during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand in the construction and mining industry. Due to high mobility, high travelling speed, and less time for setup on construction sites, the market for mobile cranes is increasing. Mobile cranes are commonly used in the construction of buildings and assembling of heavy equipment.

The use of mobile cranes in drilling rigs, construction sites, aerospace, marine, and shipping & material handling industry has gained the popularity; where lifting and lowering require expansive displacements.

The market for electric forklift is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period
Electric forklifts are powered by batteries or fuel cells. Electric forklifts are mostly used in indoor environments as they offer improved energy efficiency and low noise level. Electric forklifts are mostly used in indoor environments as they offer improved energy efficiency and low noise level.

Electric forklifts are gaining acceptance, as they are environment-friendly and produce low noise during operation; they do not emit harmful gases. Moreover, electric forklifts have low operation and maintenance costs, and are easier to operate than internal combustion engine forklifts

The hoist market in Europe to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period
Europe is projected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2018 and 2023 in the industrial lifting equipment market for hoists. The demand from the automotive industry drives the hoists market in France. Given the product competitiveness in the market, automotive manufacturers, component providers, and suppliers seek to gain a competitive edge by offering quality products.

The break-up of the profiles of primary participants for the report has been given below:
• By Company Type: Tier 1 = 60%, Tier 2 = 30%, and Tier 3 = 10%
• By Designation: C–Level Executives = 45%, Directors = 30%, and Others = 25%
• By Region: North America = 40%, Europe = 20%, APAC = 35%, and RoW = 5%

More details: Cision PR Newswire

Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05345163

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Hercules Employees are Energized and Engaged

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Hercules SLR provides our employees with an array of specialized and diverse functional careers with a focus on each employee’s long-term learning and growth.

We hire and keep the best, and continually improve the skills and capabilities of individuals and teams. And, we look for people with a strong work ethic, who are team and customer service oriented. For fulfilling careers, Hercules SLR is a great place to work.

If you are a self-motivated individual who wants to become a valued member of this successful and energetic organization, we encourage you to have a look at our current job opportunities. If we do not have a job for you advertised, check back as we are always on the lookout for people that are the right fit for the company.

Hercules SLR offers a competitive compensation and benefits package along with career path development.

People Development

Development opportunities at Hercules SLR are never ending, especially on the job learning, stretch assignments, job shadowing and specialized training. we support our employees so that they can continue learning, be comfortable in their careers and have a great work/life balance.

We place a strong emphasis on formal leadership and technical skills training. We invest heavily in these two areas to ensure that our company has the right skills and capabilities to keep our workforce at the top of their careers and to meet future business needs.

Current Opportunities

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If you are interested in applying for a role:

  • E-mail your resume and cover letter to: hr@herculesslr.com
  • Mail your resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, 520 Windmill Road, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1B3

If you’re looking for a chance to thrive in a challenging environment, then Hercules SLR is where you want to be!

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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CM Tornado 360° Lever Hoist 9T Capacity Available Now

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The revolutionary CM Tornado 360° is now available in 9-ton capacities – growing the Tornado 360° family that includes 3/4, 1-1/2, 3 and 6 ton units.

Featuring the one-of-a-kind Sidewinder lever handle, the CM Tornado 360° allows for efficient operation in both lifting and pulling applications. Ergonomically designed for increased safety, the CM Tornado lets you work up to 12 times faster and with as much as 30% less pull force than with conventional ratchet lever tools.

Units also feature an optional internal load limiter that helps prevent the lifting of an overload that could CM-Tornado-2sufficiently damage the hoist.

Download the CM Tornado Product Brochure here.

CM is the Global Leader in Providing Products and Application Knowledge to Help Customers Lift, Position, or Secure Materials Easily and Safely

Columbus McKinnon (NASDAQ: CMCO) is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies, systems and services that efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials.

Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, our key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, rigging tools, light rail work stations, and digital power and motion control systems. We are focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by our superior design and engineering know-how.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

3M™ DBI-SALA® Smart Lock Self-Retracting Lifelines

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Magnetic intelligence. Smarter retraction, smoother reaction.
3M™ DBI-SALA® Smart Lock Self-Retracting Lifelines

Unlock your productivity. From reducing unintentional lockups,*  to simplifying inspections, every detail of the new 3M™ DBI-SALA® Smart Lock Self-Retracting Lifelines is designed to help increase your productivity and convenience.

Feature-packed SRLs for horizontal or vertical applications (Horizonal) Leading Edge features below:

Swiveling anchorage & carabiner included
Magnetic retraction control
The lifeline rewinds at an evenly controlled pace, helping reduce the possibility for harm to people or equipment (compared to solutions with gear-based retraction).

Patent-pending dual label system

An extra label stored in the bumper on the
smart lock 2lifeline allows users to easily access critical
asset information and keeps it protected from
damage to help reduce cost of ownership.

Ergonomic handle

Designed for easy transport and support
during overhead installation.
420 lb (190 kg) weight capacity
1,350 lb (612 kg) Maximum
Arresting Force (MAF)
Highly visible orange
energy-absorber cover
Identifies product as meeting leading edge
standards and allows you to more easily confirm
that workers are tied off (horizontal models).

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3M’s Science of Safety at work.

How did we create an SRL that reduces unintentional lockups? Using advanced motion capture technology, 3M studied the way users work, move and interact with SRLs on a typical job site. This data helped us engineer an arrest mechanism designed to better accommodate your natural work motions—resulting in fewer unintentional lockups.*

For ordering information or more details on this or any other fall Protection product call us today at: 1-877-461-4876.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Hercules to the Rescue At Voisey Nickel Mine

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Mid-September, Noah Hawes and Barry Young from the Inspections Department of Hercules SLR Dartmouth, ventured to the isolated Nickel Mine of Voisey Bay in Labrador Newfoundland where in 1993, a large nickel deposit was discovered in the hills along the western shore of Potato Island by Archean Inc. a prospecting firm hired by Diamond Fields Resources Inc.

This nickel deposit is considered to be one of the most substantial mineral discoveries in Canada in the last 40 years and is estimated to contain 141 million tonnes at 1.6% nickel. Surface mining began in Voisey Bay in 2005 to access the nickel deposit. Currently, the mining rights for the Voisey Bay nickel deposit belong to the Toronto-headquartered Vale Inco company, a subsidiary of Vale. The bulk carrier ship Umiak I was built to transport ore from the mine.

On June 11, 2018, Vale announced it is moving forward with its underground mine at Voisey Bay. The move will extend the mine’s operating life by at least 15 years. Over the five-year construction, more than 16,000 person-years of employment will be created, and the first ore is expected no later than April 2021.

Noah and Barry’s task at the Voisey mine was to replace the end post for 3M’s recent roof lifelines recall. There was an element of apprehension as this was the first time they had undertaken a job of this type that was so remote and far away.

“We didn’t know what the job would entail, how complex the job would be, and what weather conditions we may be faced with”.

However, any concerns they had were completely unfounded as they accomplished the job without any issues or complications. They did such a great job in fact, that Vale are now talking about Hercules annually re-certifying all their lifelines.

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The Hercules Inspections department are the best in the business and widely regarded as industry experts in their field. We ensure that all our inspectors are trained to an exceptionally high standard. Currently we are expanding our inspector training nationally to include LEEA (The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) certification.

We believe in going that extra mile. We will travel great distances to help our customers and get the job done. We cultivate customer relationships through innovation, expertise and innovation.

Great job Noah and Barry!!

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Get to Know Our Trainers: Steve Hache, CD

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Steve Hache, CD is one of our highly experienced Training Specialists. We sat down with him to find out more about him and how he decided to choose training as a career path.

Tell us about your educational background?

Steve: It was a dream of mine to pursue a career in the Canadian Armed Forces so, I joined the Royal Canadian Navy at 19 years old. In the 21 years of dedicated service in the RCN, I trained in and became qualified in a number of technical aspects ranging from complex seamanship evolutions, boarding operations, Steve Hachecrane operations, forklift operation, small arms, etc. to rigging and hoisting.

During my time as faculty with Nova Scotia Community College, I was introduced to the field of adult education and obtained my Community College Education Diploma (adult education – teaching, learning). I had an interest in safety so I successfully completed the Construction Safety Supervisor certification through Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association.

While I was employed with MSA Security in the United Arab Emirates I took courses in course design (HBI Learning Centers, Sydney, Australia) and adult education and assessment (Global Maritime And Transportation School, NY, USA).

What made you decide to go into this industry?

Steve: It made sense to continue with the field of safety and, rigging and hoisting since that’s what I was accustomed to. While I was in the RCN, there were constant opportunities to operate cranes or forklifts and perform rigging or hoisting tasks. Almost daily, we were called upon to remove or replace machinery out of engineering spaces, load or unload missiles, torpedoes, stores, operate cranes, etc., so, rigging and hoisting was a regular occurrence.

Can you tell us about your work experience before joining Hercules SLR?

Steve: Upon retirement from the Royal Canadian Navy I accepted a job working for an American security company in the United Arab Emirates. There I would be exposed to a whole new and exciting culture, training their Coast Guard in seamanship, basic boat operations, tactical boat operations and maritime law enforcement. This was an extremely challenging and rewarding experience!

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After a couple of years in the UAE, I came home and accepted a temporary position at NSCC as faculty of the Marine-Industrial Rigging program where I was tasked with turning a part-time program into a full-time program. The faculty and staff of NSCC were first-rate! I learned a great deal from each and every one of them.

After my temporary position at the community college, I was employed as a training manager and fall protection trainer for Total Fall Protection. There I gained a great deal of experience in training and gained a huge appreciation for the wide variety of industries within the maritime provinces.

What made you want to transition into training?

Steve: Speaking to groups of people was not a difficult thing for me to do since I have been doing so ever since I entered the workforce. In the military, I had to brief command on, and supervise, complex seamanship evolutions, rigging operations, boat operations, etc. However, teaching and training didn’t come naturally. My first role as a trainer was in the Royal Canadian Navy where I was posted to the Bedford Rifle Range as a small arms instructor. Nervous at first, but I grew to love it! I actually enjoyed speaking in front of people!

From there, my career path has been based on speaking in front of groups of people.

Why did you decide to work for Hercules SLR?

Steve: That’s easy – I have always appreciated the staff at Hercules SLR. When I was faculty at NSCC, they consistently treated myself and any student that I sent their way with the utmost respect and care. The program work terms that the students completed were extremely beneficial to them and also ended up with employment for a number of them. We developed and maintained a positive working relationship.

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Where have you traveled during your time as a training specialist for Hercules SLR?

Steve: A great deal of the training that we deliver is based in the maritime provinces but we are able to deliver training anywhere in Canada. The majority of the training I’ve delivered is mainly in Nova Scotia but I’ve also delivered training in Ontario and New Brunswick as well.

Where have you enjoyed traveling to most for training?

Steve: Abu Dhabi, UAE was awesome!! I met a great deal of fantastic people there and would welcome any chance to go back.

Is there anywhere that you would like to travel to in the future with Hercules SLR?

Steve: I would love to travel back to British Columbia! Hercules SLR has branches across the country and I’ve always loved BC. Other than that, I’d love to go back to Europe, Australia, United States, or Asia.

Lastly, is there anything that you hope to accomplish during your career in the industry?

Steve: I am hoping to get more LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association) courses under my belt to further my knowledge in the field. My main focus though is to continue to contribute to today’s safety culture.

Hercules SLR offers a wide array of safety training courses. Alongside our standard courses we can tailor make courses to suit your specific requirements, at our facility or yours. To find out more about our course and how we can help you raise the bar in safety training email us at: training@herculesslr.com

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

7 Major Trends That Will Impact the Construction Industry

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The construction industry is always changing and evolving. Every year new trends appear within the industry, from technological advancements to a stronger focus on sustainability. If you run a construction company and you want to make sure you stay ahead of the game, it can be useful to be aware of emerging trends that could prepare you for the future.

After all, many of the trends make construction work easier and more efficient, so if you aren’t aware of them, you may find it hard to keep up with your competitors. While it can be difficult to know which trends will be more popular than others, there are a few important trends already starting to emerge. Here are seven major trends that will impact the construction industry over the next year.

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1. More Technological Integration

Technology is one of the main factors pushing change in nearly every industry, but in some ways, the construction industry has managed to partially avoid this. However, recent advancements have resulted in technology that is specifically suited to construction; with more drone usage and 3D printing than ever before, it is likely the construction industry will embrace both these forms of technology.

After all, both will make construction work safer and easier; drones can be used to ensure materials are placed exactly how they should be, and 3D printing can be used to make sure every material is the perfect size. Self-driving vehicles may also become more popular within the construction industry, as well as mobile and cloud applications that make the whole construction process more straightforward.

Another form of technology that people can expect to see more of is Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM will make the collaboration aspect of construction easier. Most construction projects require tens (or even hundreds) of people to come up with essential aspects of the plan, but it can be difficult for all these people to stay in communication.

Many construction companies are already starting to use BIM technology, and it isn’t hard to see why. There are lots of benefits to using BIM; it makes resource management easier, it helps people to stay in touch throughout the project, and it enables enhanced collaboration. In fact, the National BIM report of 2017 by the NBS found that people are having a very positive response to the technology. The report found that nearly 80% of the participants believe BIM is the future of project management, and a further 60% believe the technology has the ability to make projects more time efficient.

2. Increase in Prefabrication and Modular Construction Projects

Prefabrication and modular construction have both become more popular over the last year or so, and it isn’t hard to see why. Both trends are energy efficient and cost-effective, which is ideal at a time when most material prices are rising, or high already! This popularity is likely to increase even more over the next few months, especially for construction companies looking to cut overall costs. And with the help of effective hot melt adhesives and the overall ease of design, the actual construction of the homes is quite quick. So, you can expect to see a lot more permanent modular buildings in the future, as well as pop-up buildings and prefabricated homes.

3. Additional Focus on Sustainability

Increasingly, people are focused on sustainability, so the most successful companies are also focusing on sustainability. This is a terrific way to appeal to the Millennials, and of course, it is also much better for the world as a whole. For this reason, it is very likely that most, if not all, construction companies will place a strong focus on sustainability. While it is still important to find the best product for the job, it is likely managers will look for products that have a focus on ecological benefits, such as living walls that provide an area with fresh oxygen.

4. Improved Safety Procedures

Most people understand construction isn’t the safest job in the world, especially when compared with an office job. After all, the industry suffers far more workplace accidents and fatalities, and this knowledge has resulted in an increased level of scrutiny on the industry. This scrutiny has resulted in the development of technology designed to make construction sites safer. New mobile apps and computer programmers make it easier for employees to adhere to safety measurements when they are working.

5. A Rise in the Popularity of Project Management Software

Many industries are now embracing project management software, and this includes the construction industry. Project management software has been improved significantly over the last few years, and now there are lots of specialized programs to suit different jobs; from designing a building to running a construction site.

The software provides construction companies with three major advantages; transparency, accountability, and efficiency. As many people will be using the same software, it is easier for people to understand their role, which could also help to make construction sites safer.

Currently, project management software offers real-time communication, trackability, and a project overview. This could result in an increase in IT spending within the construction industry, which is interesting since most construction managers only spend around 2% of their budget on IT.

6. Slow Growth

While the demand for construction is likely to continue growing, the growth will be slower than many people expect. This is due to limited spending in both residential and non-residential sectors, which could result in an increase in competition.

7. Rising Material Costs

The last few years have seen rising material costs within the construction industry, and sadly this trend is sticking around. Due to the rising cost of skilled labor and supplies, construction companies have been forced to fork out more if they want to keep the company going – and prices are expected to stay just as high in 2018. This is why many construction companies are looking for ways to cut overall costs – and if you are doing this, one of the best things you can do is embrace new construction technologies that can make your workforce more efficient. It can also be useful to bulk buy materials to lower costs.

The overall outlook for construction is positive. The construction industry is an essential part of any successful city, although rising costs can make it harder for smaller companies to compete. However modern technologies are set to make the world of construction safer, more efficient, and more effective, which could help to lower overall costs.

Article by Casey Heigl read original article here and more articles by her here

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Crane & Rigging Companies join Forces for Lifting Project

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Omega Morgan crane superintendent Eldon Ash and senior engineer Kai Farrar, as well as Apex Steel owner Kevin Koester and engineer Ron Roberts, were tasked with an intriguing and complicated lifting challenge. More than a year of planning, engineering, testing and simulations went into the design of the project known as 2+U, named for its location on 2nd Avenue and University Street in Seattle, WA. The high-rise project is being developed by Skanska USA.

The engineering of structural columns supporting the proposed 38-story office complex provided an intricate challenge in ensuring the Y-shaped columns could distribute the weight of every floor above evenly on the foundation while maintaining a 72-degree angle of installation.

Faced with several issues that could have stalled the project before it even began, Omega Morgan and Apex Steel engineers went over several options to determine the best way to perform the required lifts when available space and increased weights of the columns caused the original lift plan to be scrapped.

“Initially, we were going to use two cranes, and then we were going to use a crane and a tri-lifter, but as the load got heavier and heavier, and as the jobsite got tighter and tighter for access, we had to come up with some more innovative ways to pick and stand these things up, and that’s when I came up with this idea,” said Farrar.

Rigging gear

  • 37.5-ton JDN 37TI
  • Air Chain Hoist with 35-foot HOLCrane Seattle 2
  • 50-ton JDN 50TS
  • Air Chain Hoist with 35-foot HOL
  • 60-ton WLL
  • Single Sheave Blocks, 24-inch diameter and 2-inch wire rope

Skip-around schedule

Charged with leveraging their skill and experience to come up with a way to utilize a limited amount space and a strict schedule of road closures to set the foundation for the office tower project, Omega Morgan and Apex had to adapt a skip-around schedule based on which roads would be closed to complete the project while avoiding falling behind schedule.

The engineering of the supports that would be installed at a 72-degree angle – and which start on the second floor and run up through the next five stories – left no room for error in the construction and placement. Further, engineering the lifts of each section of the columns posed its own problem. With the columns being assembled in a sort of “Y” shape, the assembled height and weight made it essential to install them in sections. Fully assembled, each column came in with the base, installed separately, weighing in around 50,000 pounds with two arms run at a 72-degree angle that span around 60 to 70 feet tall with a final weight of 165,400 pounds for the heaviest columns. The rigging itself weighed 5,528 pounds. Ensuring all pieces lined up properly to evenly distribute the weight with only enough space for one crane, calculations had to be precise.

Once on-site, further challenges crept up that called for on-the-fly adjustments. The position of the crane had to be modified to avoid swinging the counterweight too close to a tree trunk, which would break branches. The crane was moved five feet away to be able to tie the branches back and assure no contact. This move required the crane be set on a wooden ramp to level it out given the slope of University Avenue.

Once the columns were fabricated and weighed, the numbers came in significantly heavier than planned. The tight nature of the jobsite inside the building did not allow space for two cranes with the capacity required. It became clear that a rigging scenario in which a single crane could pick and upright the columns would be necessary.

Creative rigging

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Because of the tight space on-site, it was not possible to use a boom suspension system to stabilize a longer boom to get enough capacity to make the picks, limiting the boom length to 118 feet with no boom suspension. The short boom and head room required that the single crane rigging setup be as short as possible.

The two cranes on the job were a 485-ton capacity Liebherr LTM 1400 all-terrain crane rigged with a main boom of 118 feet and a maximum radius of 45 feet and a 550-ton Grove GMK 7550 rigged with a main boom of 148 feet and a maximum radius of 70 feet.

Equipping the cranes with a 37.5-ton air chain hoist and a pair of 60-ton sheave blocks, the crew was able to perform the work typically done with the aid of a tailing device while utilizing only one crane and saving on the head room required to perform the lift.

“One thing that was unique about this rigging scenario was that using the rolling blocks and the chain lift in this way, as the load goes through its rotation, the head height at the final rotation is minimized compared to other systems that are similar like a tri-block that runs the secondary line down, but the rigging height that you end up with was too much for our project,” said Farrar. “This rolling block/hoist system really minimizes the head room once the columns are upright. Because the site was so tight, we couldn’t use any kind of boom suspension like a mega-wing or guy wires since they stuck out too far and would have interfered with the building core and a lot of the structural elements, so we had to stick to short-length, main boom only and couldn’t have any tall rigging.”

Farrar engineered the rolling block setup to create the safest, most efficient pick possible that allowed them to run the lift with one crane and save on the space required compared with other options. Limited on viable options, the use of a tri-block system would no longer work in this application, so the creative use of an air chain hoist paired with rolling blocks saved time and money. Keeping a spare 50-ton air chain hoist on site, which never left its shipping container, ensured there would be minimal risk of unplanned downtime in the event of a mechanical breakdown.

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