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Crane Support Design
Crane Selection
Decision Support System
Wind Analysis
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hasan, Md Shafiul
Supervisor and department
Bouferguene, Ahmed (Campus Saint-Jean)
Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Bouferguene, Ahmed (Campus Saint-Jean)
Bayat, Alireza (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Lipsett, Michael (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Mohamed, Yasser (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Hong, Won-Kee (Department of Architectural Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Korea)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
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Doctor of Philosophy
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Selecting the most appropriate cranes and identifying ideal crane locations on site can improve the productivity and safety of large-scale construction projects. A significant proportion of crane accidents have been caused by improper crane selection, lack of a proper crane support system, or a failure to calculate actual support reactions. This research presents a methodology to select feasible crane and optimize crane locations by evaluating the crane support reactions. This research seeks to provide practitioners with a methodology for successful crane operations through the utilization of decision support system. The developed system assists in proper crane selection, and also calculates the crane support reactions in order to design the support system. The proposed methodology optimizes the load moments for all lifted loads in order to identify the ideal crane location, which can in turn assist in selecting the most appropriate crane. Three case studies are described in order to demonstrate the use of the presented methodology for improving crane operations. This research aims to establish crane operational standardization for large projects involving multiple heavy lifts, such as modular building construction and Alberta Oil-Sands projects.
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