In a rapid-paced industry such as wind energy, you can never stop improving. Finding the safest, most efficient way to move the large cranes required for building ever-growing wind turbines is crucial.
We partnered with industry experts to gain an understanding of the soil testing needed to determine where and how we walk cranes. These tests can be taken well before cranes arrive on-site, giving a distinct planning advantage and improving schedule certainty.
By taking known crane-bearing pressures, ground-bearing capacities, and incorporating safety factors, safe crane walking plans can be created and successfully executed. If the pressures and capacities are unfavorable, our teams will identify innovative and safe ways to move the crane and get the job done.
Recently, we chaired the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) EHS Crane Task Force to create a guide entitled Guidance for Determining Ground Bearing Capacities for Crane Travel in the Wind Industry. This document outlines methods to help maintain a high degree of safety for one of the highest risk tasks in the wind industry. AWEA members can download the document for free. Non-members can purchase it for a small fee.