JUNE 21 & 22, 2022 - Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, US
2020 online event
Tower Cranes North America (TCNA) is a regular gathering of hundreds of key players in the tower crane industry. Ordinarily a live event held in the USA, in 2020 on 22 October, it was an online event that covered a broad spread of topics aimed at helping companies run tower cranes more safely and efficiently.
Speakers and topics at the 2020 event were as follows:
Business cycles in the tower crane marke
Mike Heacock, vice president, sales at Morrow Equipment Company
Forecasts for construction activity levels
Kenneth Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
Tower crane insurance and contractual risk options
Jeff Haynes, EVP, national heavy equipment practice leader, USI Insurance Services
Randy Proos, VP, national heavy equipment, USI Insurance Services
Safe assembly & disassembly of tower cranes
Mike Walsh, president, Dearborn Engineers & Constructors, Inc.
Round-table on crane inspections chaired by D.Ann Shiffler, editor of ACT magazine.
Joe Churan, training center instructor, Morrow Equipment
JR Moran, director of crane operations, Brasfield & Gorrie (B&G)
Jeffrey Hammons, president, JHam Group Consulting
Rental companies and contractual obligations
Brian Rolston, CFO, P&J Arcomet
Watch the 2020 event here
2018 Successful first event
One of the key messages from the event, voiced by two senior figures in the industry, was that although activity levels are currently very high, rental companies should be aware that market conditions can change.
Keynote speaker Christian Chalupny, president of Morrow Equipment, said he was reasonably confident that the market would remain strong for the next 18 to 24 months, but that the market operates in cycles and that a slowdown would come.
Maxim COO Frank Bardonaro agreed that the pipeline of work was good, but sounded a cautionary note by citing the confidence and investment in cranes that was continuing in the run up to the 2008 crash. He said rental companies had to be aware of the value of their services and the expertise of their staff, and charge rates that reflect this.
Another area of keen debate was the use of load view cameras. During a round-table debate Billy Smith of NBIS challenged Peter Hird of BlokCam and Chris Machut of HoistCam on the use of cameras, claiming that they could leave crane operators and crane companies legally exposed in the event of accidents.
Hird said cameras were a safety aid and were being adopted by more and more companies in Europe, notably the UK, sometimes at the behest of the contractor on site. Machut emphasised that the normal requirements for operating cranes safely were not bypassed through the use of cameras, with cameras acting as an additional aid for operators rather than a replacement for traditional procedures.
Meanwhile, Peter Juhren of Morrow, and chair of the SC&RA’s tower crane committee, outlined how crane companies should prepare their towers for hurricanes and other severe weather events. He emphasised the need to prepare well in advance: his message was that if you start preparing only when a weather warning is issued, then it is already too late.
Another key theme of the event was the challenges that taller buildings and faster construction schedules were having on tower crane suppliers. Both Wolffkran and Terex Cranes described some of the technical solutions they are developing with customers to adapt to the demands of contractors.
Liebherr’s Marco Guariglia reported on the company’s soon to be launched fibre ropes, which he said would extend rope life considerably and increase lifting capacity.