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Tower crane design and stability

30 April 2009, London

Training from CIRIA leading provider of performance improvement products and services in the construction and related industries

This course will be delivered by: Chris Watson, C Eng, BSc MICE Chris is a former Manager of Carillion Engineering Services. He has been responsible for the design and planning of tower crane operations for over 25 years and worked on the CIRIA guide to Tower Crane Stability.

Tower cranes are a vital element in the construction process. There are around 1500 cranes in the UK and at any time around 1000 are in use. Tower cranes are often in use on construction sites in urban areas and any collapse of the crane is likely to result in injury to members of the public outside the boundaries of the site as well as personnel working inside the site. Collapse of tower cranes also presents a risk to adjacent railways and roads.

The aim of this full day training course based on the very successful Tower Crane Stability CIRIA guidance is to bring together important practical and design issues that impact on health and safety and to present a current understanding of best practice based on the experience of a wide cross-section of the industry to provide practical assistance about the design of tower crane foundations and the impacts different factors can have on their safety.

Each day course has a value of 6 hours towards your CPD

09.30 Introduction Need for document and aims of course 10.00 Types of crane and modes of failure Interactive discussion of hazards and modes of failure associated with the various types of tower crane Coffee Break Site Management Issues associated with choice, location and operation of tower cranes. Interactive exercise based on a notional site set-up Design Factors of safety Loadings 12.30 13.30 Lunch Design of gravity tower crane base Explanation of design method Design exercise* 14.45 15.00 Coffee Design of piled tower crane base Explanation of design method Design exercise* 16.30 17.00 Conclusion Finish

London - Venue TBC

Course fees
CIRIA Core members 295+VAT (339.25) Non members 350+VAT (402.50)

10.30 10.45


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Complete and fax the form overleaf to CIRIA on +44(0)20 7253 0523 or call the events team on +44(0)20 7549 3300 or visit

*Delegates should bring along calculators for the design exercises All our courses can be run in-house at your company. Please contact our events team on 0207 549 3300 for more information

Further information
Delegates will be provided with copies of the CIRIA guide Tower crane stability (C654)
If you are a registered CITB construction skills employer you may be able to claim a CITB grant for attendees on this course. Please contact your local Company Development Advisor for further information.

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Tower crane design and stability 30 April 2009, London (E9650)

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