Survival Systems Crane Support, Dartmouth, NS


Project Description

For this project, the client, who specializes in the provision of safety training services for marine work, required a steel frame design to accommodate a 5 Tonne overhead mobile crane system, to be located within an existing 138’ long x 84’ wide building. The mobile crane was to be supported by a gantry spanning 63’ over an indoor swimming pool in order to facilitate training courses undertaken in a simulated marine environment.

HEC was commissioned to design the internal steel frame to support the mobile crane system, to comprise of crane rails, runway beams and other steel members, with the crane and steelwork loading being supported by the main building columns. HEC carried out a comprehensive design for the support steel frame and associated connections, taking account of the guidelines and requirements of the Canadian Standards Association publication B167-08, ‘Overhead travelling cranes —Design, Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, and Safe Operation’ and the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction publication ‘Guide for the Design of Crane-Supporting Steel Structures’.

HEC produced detailed plans and details drawings, giving the structural requirements for all steel members, components and bolted/welded connections. HEC was able to optimise the design details to produce a safe and economical design, providing the benefit of its considerable amount of in-house experience in relation to the design of mobile crane support structures.

Client: Survival Systems / Falck Safety Services

Value: $200,000

Year: 2013

Role: Structural Design Engineers