Category: Wharves and Piers

Wharf Upgrade Considerations for Large Low Profile Cranes

This publication presents key considerations for the infrastructure supporting large low profile cranes, including large crane girder and pile capacities, electrical demands, and construction challenges associated with the project, such as phased construction and daily coordination to avoid interruptions to the operations. The focus is on the Port Everglades Department of Broward County new crane girder and wharf upgrade project, which covers about 1 mi (1.6 km) of waterfront.

Your Wharf May Be Stronger Than You Think

This article discusses using modern engineering methods to justify additional crane girder capacity. As many terminals face the challenge of accommodating larger vessels and cranes, many wharf owners find that they have insufficient crane girder rated capacity and only consider strengthening options. Larger wharf capacities can be justified using modern engineering methods.

High Performance Pile Connection: McNears Beach Park Pier Repair

This paper presents the repair of a damaged wharf structure by replacing the pile connections with a recently developed high-performance connection, which allows for flexible rotation. Testing by the University of Washington has shown that these connections perform significantly better during seismic loading than a classical pile connection.

Extreme Loading of Wharf Crane Girders

This paper and presentation presents what happens when wharf crane girders are subjected to extreme loads near or beyond their calculated design capacity, the performance that can reasonably be expected when extreme loads occur, and when extreme loads should be considered in the design of wharf crane girders.