NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Westlock Project

This research project devised a methodology to aid practitioners in preparing lift studies with crane selection, positioning, and lift optimization using 3D. The 3D visualization helped to identify collision-free paths and optimize lifting activities based on optimal crane paths, with the cycle time and speed of each crane activity taken into account using simulation. The methodology assisted lift engineers and project manager in selecting the best possible crane. The methodology was applied to the construction of a four-storey, 68-unit residential facility in Westlock, AB, Canada. The IRC research team provided a 3D visualization model to the construction team more than two months in advance of the scheduled on-site assembly, which assisted the contractor in selecting the optimum crane and successfully completing all lifts (30modules, 25 tons each) in just two working days.

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