Safely Measure Damaged Crane from Hurricane Sandy

by mphippen 29. November 2012 11:42

The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder Can Easily and Effectively Handle the Job.

On 10/29/2012 Hurricane Sandy slammed into the NJ/NY coast causing $billions in damage. It's almost been a month and we still hear horror stories of personal misery or about ongoing cleanup efforts.

One of the more interesting stories to follow was about the crane boom that got whipped around in the storm and ended up twisting around itself. According to Tom Barth, a crane expert, "The crane was at an extremely high angle, and as you could see in the videos the wind gusts simply flips it up." He continued by saying "…Absolutely avoidable, especially if the crane had been at a different angle— 40 to 45 degrees, for instance. There were days of warning…It didn't have to end up like this."

Collapsed Crane from Hurricane Sandy

The damaged crane must be secured and lowered to the ground and then carted away. Determining the height, clearance, and length of the damaged boom will have to be measured before a new crane can be designed and installed. One wonders about specifics and particularly the methodology necessary to break it down and understand the twisted damage.

I’m certain there are a number of ways to determine the size and scale of the carnage, but then which method will deliver accurate data quickly and safely.

From the safety of an adjacent building the wreckage would be measured with a TruPulse200. Height, elevation, as well as the 2D vertical missing line feature would be used to measure clearance. You can measure so much more field data in a lot less time, from nearly any position/location.

"Map More…Move Less."

See more on how LTI products assist professionals with crane measurements, then give us a call at 1-800-OWN-A-LTI or email for a practical demonstration

Read the article in the New York Magazine on the dangling crane.

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