Cranes and rigging have always been a vital part of economic progress. When construction technology consisted of animal and human strength, cranes existed as pulleys and ropes. As crane design advanced so did architectural design and economic strength. For almost two hundred years people have associated the view of cranes in the sky with hope for better times.
Here are three of our favourite reasons to celebrate the mighty crane.
As cranes become taller, stronger, and smarter, so does architectural design. Examples of incredible engineering that would be impossible without bigger and better cranes include the CN Tower (up until a couple years ago, the tallest free standing structure in the world), the Golden Gate Bridge, and One World Trade Center. These internationally-renowned structures represent inspired design, progressive functionality, and courage of both the people who built them and the local communities.
When an engineer makes plans for a structure that has never been attempted, what do you do? Invent a crane. As technology advances at mind-boggling speed and complexity, the crane industry harnesses that progress and refines it to create new industry standards. After about 200 years of experimentation, the steam engine was perfected in the 1800s, and it was quickly applied to cranes for use in construction, and loading docks. Victoria Bridge connects Montreal QC to the mainland and was one of the first engineering marvels to benefit from the steam crane invention, using traveling gantry cranes and barge-mounted boom cranes. Although the present-day bridge is vastly updated from the 1860 original, it sits on portions of the original structure. It wasn’t long after that hydraulics and combustion engines were worked into crane design, revolutionizing construction and loading capabilities. Industry was enabled to rely on long-lasting structural resources iron and steel rather than wood.
Many people train their eyes to the skies for signs of construction cranes to give them hope in times of economic uncertainty. Economists agree that construction is an indicator of upcoming financial stability, forecast by investors who are confident enough to get the ball rolling with new builds. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) estimates that each crane on a construction site represents between 300 and 500 jobs created.
In the last 70 years, cranes have evolved to include digital technology, to be lighter in weight, stronger in lift, and safer to operate. Crane development continues to be at the forefront of technological invention. WrightPlan is pleased to be part of this industry evolution that has been thousands of years in the making. While crane designers continue to improve the strength and capability of cranes themselves, we work towards improving business efficiency with streamlining processes such as dispatch, safety, and frustration-free bookkeeping.
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