One of main requirements of a construction project is making sure that the site is being fed with materials and equipment on time in order to progress efficiently.
There are 2 ways to move materials; the first is horizontal via routes within the site or ramps and the second is vertical through hoists and tower cranes.
At Southbank Place we are currently operating 14 tower cranes on a 3 acre site, which is considered a very large number of tower cranes for a single project.
We employ various methods to ensure the safe and smooth running of the cranes and the lifting operations they are undertaking.
At Southbank Place we use the SMIE anti-collision system which is a safety assistance device for the management of the tower cranes’ operation.
It helps the crane operator to anticipate the risk of collision between the moving parts of their crane and those of the neighbouring cranes.
When risk of collision is detected the system ‘takes over’ and automatically slows down to stop the hazardous movements.
The anti-collision system also allows for the control of areas where load lifting is prohibited (also called zoning).
To override the SMIE, a permit has to be applied for and further controls are put in place to ensure safe lifting practices are followed.
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