Having accurate wind data is important, but construction firms cannot ignore the role of human interpretation. Contractors need to ensure that crane operators, project managers and other staff members are provided with exactly the same data. Otherwise, they may reach different conclusions based on measurements from…
Sword Construction required an accurate and reliable wind monitoring solution for the Devonshire Dock Hall expansion, where they used two Wolffkran luffing cranes. The facility is owned by BAE Systems, and the expansion will be used to assemble Royal Navy submarines.
Eduardo Estelles, Managing Director of UK-based Windcrane, will be speaking at the International Tower Cranes (ITC) conference on 2 December to highlight new approaches to the use of crane wind speed data, providing benefits for the entire supply chain, from crane rental companies to contractors and clients.
Why is the wind speed sometimes different on one or two of my cranes when they are all on the same site and within close proximity. The max (gust) values vary above and below each other. Often they are similar, but occasionally there are large differences, especially on days of high wind speeds like on Oct 31st. In the…
Dealing with weather-related claims in construction contracts and Extension of Time using site specific wind data at crane height. Weather is a critical factor in construction design, planning and execution has among the most varied and far-reaching effects on project outcome. It is one of the most frequent and harmful…
BMUs are vulnerable to high winds and building managers must ensure safe working conditions for cleaning crews. Weather forecasts provide a general idea of what to expect but only a wind monitoring system can track outdoor conditions in real time. When a BMU is equipped with a wind monitoring system, it can detect the…
WINDCRANE telematics wind monitoring relies on the real specific location and height to measure accurate wind data for construction cranes. Providing downtime wind reports and forecast from the exact crane wind speed measurements to justify a delay due to harsh weather conditions.
Weather risks represent a challenge for cranes, construction firms and other companies with outdoor operations. Without any preparation and response, extreme weather conditions can cause more material damage and safety concerns.
By developing and utilising the latest digital tools, we can receive crucial benefits like improved data output and greater connectivity between areas. Therefore, digital transformation is something that every business in the construction sector needs to be aware of. No more taking unnecessary risks, you can now adopt…
This article describes which industries are affected by high global wind speeds and what dangers can arise from not being prepared for gusty weather. Construction, mining, outdoor events and the marine industry are all users of specialist wind speed monitoring systems such as windcrane.
The inconsistent nature of the weather is a challenge for any business with outdoor operations. 5 features you need to consider for effective wind and weather monitoring when managing outdoor operations on construction and public sites.
Wind is the biggest cause of delays and downtime on a construction site and is becoming more erratic every year. For safe and successful lifting operations, it is recommended to have accurate and detailed wind forecasts suitable for your project to better plan your daily and weekly lifting. To measure the speed of wind…
We tend to think about wind mostly during crane operations, however there’s another side to it and it is when the cranes are parked or out of service. The news this week from Vertikal brought two stories of two crawler cranes collapsing due to wind gust and probably out of service.
The Tideway is the part of the River Thames that is affected by tides. This means the river can flow back into the sewage system during a high tide, and this represents an engineering challenge for the tunnel project. This is why a WINDCRANE Max unit is being used to monitor the river level with respect to the tunnel…
Forecasts were originally based on past observation, but modern weather science makes ample use of technology. Large amounts of weather data are collected from multiple sources and processed by supercomputers. The data sources include weather stations, satellites, sea buoys, even airplanes and ships. All weather…
What areas are the windiest place on earth and in the United Kingdom. Windy conditions can be experienced across many different regions of the UK. Yet, there are other parts of the planet that experience higher wind speeds and more extreme weather than anything that we ever get on British shores.
To describe the wind in a specific site, you must know both its speed and direction. An anemometer is a weather instrument that measures wind speed, and its direction can be determined with a wind vane. Since wind speed and direction are closely related, weather monitoring systems normally include both instruments.
Construction is often perceived as a “traditional” industry, not commonly associated with modern information technologies or cloud connected services (IoT). However, the tools and equipment used in the construction process have experienced constant evolution over the past decades.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR A MANUFACTURER IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR? As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands to all types of devices and business sectors, construction equipment manufacturers will face a key challenge.
Cloud computing is often associated with entertainment: having all your multimedia in an online database that is accessible and intuitive. However, cloud computing is also a powerful business tool, allowing information management with data volumes and transmission speeds that were impossible just a few decades ago. In
Does your current weather monitoring solution have the right features to measure wind speed and direction effectively? Whilst wind data is only reliable if the measurement system is accurate, weather monitoring is often performed in locations with limited access to communication networks.
Weather monitoring systems are available in many configurations, but what makes WINDCRANE different is the underlying technology. Modern organisations operate across vast geographic distances and as a result, have large volumes of weather data to manage.
There are many times in industry when knowing how to measure wind direction is useful. It is a key element of safety in aviation, boating and winter sports, and must also be considered when designing structures, both permanent and temporary.
There are many anemometer uses possible today including remote wind measurement. Anemometers have a broad range of applications, and they are necessary for safe operation in many heavy industries and outdoor settings.
Measuring wind speed is useful for many reasons. From improving safety in outdoor locations to assessing potential sites for wind power projects. In addition, wind speed monitoring is a key element of meteorology.
Winter sports such as skiing and mountaineering provide a high-adrenaline experience, but they are inherently risky. These sports are often carried out in very cold and windy environments that are isolated from local healthcare facilities.
Aircraft are particularly vulnerable to turbulent winds during take-off and landing, where proximity with the ground leaves no space for error. Air turbulence at high altitude is also dangerous. However, the risk is reduced because the pilot has more time to regain control of the plane after a strong wind.
The weather is one of the most challenging aspects to manage when dealing with outdoor events. Usually, events involve large structures, massive crowds and a great deal of equipment. Weather-related incidents in open fields where assets or property can be damaged have very little risk for human life.
The film industry can be very profitable, but it is not free from risks. Like in any occupation, there are factors that must be monitored to provide a safe working environment for staff. Many movie sets are found in outdoor locations, where the weather has an impact on the filming process.
Wind monitoring is key during all life cycle stages of a bridge, from design and construction to operation and maintenance. Bridges are typically exposed to strong wind currents hitting them perpendicularly, and their sheer size results in very high mechanical loads induced by the wind. Even if a bridge is properly des
Anybody working in the construction industry either here in the UK or anywhere else in the world is likely to know that the weather can present us with particular hazards. While rain, ice and snow are particularly dangerous to work in, we must always be aware that the wind is also likely to make conditions unsafe. In p
Think about chaotic movement, the unstable flow of wind… this is what wind turbulence is. If you’re still not clear, remember the last time you were on an aeroplane and there was turbulence. It’s not a nice experience. WHY IS WIND TURBULENCE SO IMPORTANT IN CONSTRUCTION? It’s very simple, assume your hands and arms are
Once per year, eleven players from the Australian Football League and a lucky 12th participant compete in the FOX FOOTY Longest Kick, where the goal is to kick a football 75 meters across the Yarra River. Each contestant has two chances, and the longest kick wins! The event was covered by Champion Data, Australia’s top
At WINDCRANE™, we’re proud of the fact that our wind speed monitors are built in Scotland, where we have some of the best workplace health and safety records in the entire world. Thanks to the efforts of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Scotland and other UK nations have become some of the safest countries i
Being a construction manager involves taking quick decisions and reacting to unpredictable situations. When determining if weather conditions are suitable for construction work, there are many factors to consider: Preventing damage to property and construction equipment Ensuring safe working conditions Rescheduling mat
Towards the end of March there was a terrible accident that brings home to us just how dangerous wind gusts can be, not just to those who work in the construction trade, but to anybody, in any walk of life. What should have been a great day out at a fairground in Harlow turned to tragedy as a gust of wind caught a bou
DEALING WITH DOWNTIME DISPUTES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Anybody working in the construction industry knows that working at height is one of the most dangerous activities, with statistics showing that most cases of fatal injury or severe injury are as a result of a fall from height. Most countries around the world h
Nobody can have failed to have seen last week’s news about the crane collapse in the USA. It seems that a crew operating a crane on Friday morning noted the wind gusts that accompanied the snow fall and decided that they needed to lower the crane to a more secure level. As the 565 ft. boom on the crane was being lowere
SM and the Cloud – Revolutionising the Construction Industry GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is the standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to describe the protocols for second generation (2G) digital cellular networks that are used by mobile phones. As of last yea
We’re pleased to announce that WINDCRANE was recently selected to provide live wind speed data for the Red Bullannual air. “The Red Bull Air Race is a massive public event and we are delighted they chose to use our system,” says Lisa Cairns, Commercial Director at WINDCRANE. “It was important we could offer them a syst
Parts of the UK have been hit hard this summer, with high winds and torrential rain. But how is it affecting business, and what can we do to try and combat it? The dreadful summer has been caused by low pressure and winds from the Atlantic, which is experiencing lower temperatures than average. As a result we have seen
Structural designs become more challenging when many tall buildings are close together. Since buildings change wind patterns around them, they can affect the loads experienced by neighboring properties. Therefore, any building design must consider the effect of other structures - not only the existing ones, but also…
Harsh weather adds risk to lifting operations, and quick action may be needed to prevent accidents. To manage risk, the first step is knowing the exact wind conditions at all times. Based on crane specifications, operators and project managers can decide if a lift can proceed safely.
Tower cranes are exposed to a vast amount of hazards with one of the main hazards being wind. Between 2000 and 2010, there were 1125 tower crane accidents reported worldwide, resulting in over 780 deaths.
Ainscough – which brings together skilled operatives, a large fleet of cranes and 30 strategic locations across the country – recently installed the WindCrane monitoring system. The WINDCRANE wind monitoring system is an invaluable new way for companies to record data for weather conditions:
The WINDCRANE weather station recorder is an invaluable tool that can save contractors thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of pounds. Recognising the advantages of WINDCRANE to their contract hirers, HTC Wolffkran has pioneered the introduction of the weather station recorder as an optional service.