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Steel Erectors to Support CRC/ICHC in Indianapolis

The Association joins other organizations to prop up what's sure to be an informative event.

Tue March 26, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has agreed to support CRC/ICHC to be held May 29 to 30 in Indianapolis, Ind., announced MCM Events, the conference organizer. SEAA comes on board as a supporting organization at the same time that MCM Events finalizes the agenda.

SEAA represents contractors engaged in building with steel and promotes safety, education, and training programs for steel erector trades, assists with development of standards and cooperates with others to impact the commercial construction business. SEAA joins the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) and the Ohio Manufacturers Association, other professional organizations that have agreed to promote the conference to their respective members. Two industry publications are supporting the event as Media Partners. They are Wire Rope Exchange, a publication for distributors of crane, rigging, lifting and load securement products, and Construction Superintendent, which is geared toward the needs of commercial construction superintendents, offering current news, technology and methods.

“Ongoing education is always important, but with OSHA’s Nov. 10, 2014, deadline looming for the certification of crane operators, we strongly encourage our members to attend CRC/ICHC in order to stay abreast of industry trends and educate themselves on issues specifically related to this mandate,” said Tom Underhill, executive director of the SEAA.

Crane and Rigging Experts to Speak on Business, Safety, Operations, Technology

Technology and timeless safety topics top the 2013 agenda, which includes presentations from a variety of industry leaders and experts, as well as crane and rigging professionals with jobsite experience. Setting the tone for the event will be the keynote address by Matthew Wallace, president and CEO of VRSim.

Wallace, who is a 2011 Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmaker, will share how simulator technology is valuable for recruitment and training. Attendees will get an opportunity to experience crane simulators first-hand during an interactive session hosted by North American Crane Bureau Group, the conference event partner. A case study from Bechtel Equipment Operations will demonstrate how it is bringing mobile learning to the job site using tablets and rigging and lift planning apps.

New to this year’s conference is a lift planning vendor vignette where attendees will hear from a member of the ASME P30 committee about a new standard on lift planning, followed by short features and benefits presentations from several lift planning software providers, including lift planner, Cranimax, and 3D Lift Plan.

Other sessions deal with safety and operational issues. “Practical Applications of the OSHA Crane Regulation” will provide implementation strategies to help safety and risk managers comply with 1926.1400. “Lift Planning for Heavy Lifts” will address logistical considerations and site preparation for intermodal transport of loads with ASME B30 and ASME P30 standards as a backdrop. Other topics deal with specifying overhead crane hoist brakes and establishing good signaling and communication practices.

Good rigging practices are central to safe lifting operations with both mobile and overhead cranes. Mike Riggs of the Rigging Institute will present a workshop on load control with multi-leg rigging and he will host a hands-on session for participants to practice their rigging gear inspection skills. Brett Woodland of Associated Wire Rope will discuss working with heavy lift shackles in extreme environments. And Patrick Clark of Lifting Gear Hire will explain spreader beam selection.

CRC/ICHC would not be possible without the financial support of its sponsors. Many of this year’s sponsors, including Liebherr Cranes and Morrow Equipment, are returning from last year in support of the conference. They join event partner North American Crane Bureau Group, an international crane, hoist, and rigging training company, which conducts nearly 400 training seminars annually. A limited number of sponsorship and exhibitor spots remain available.

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