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Fatigue Cracks on Container Cranes

Liftech is the pioneer of structural maintenance programs for container cranes and has been advocating the importance of performing structural maintenance for decades. Simo Hoite and Mike Jordan of Liftech Consultants Inc. worked with other Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) members to develop a new PEMA information paper on the structural examination of container handling cranes. Published February 10, 2016,…

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High Performance Pile Connections

A damaged pier at McNears Beach Park in Marin, California, was repaired by replacing portions with new structure.  The new structure was designed to meet current seismic design criteria.  This required a high performance pile-to-pile cap connection.   The high performance connection was designed using a fiber reinforced bearing pad, isolating the sides of the embedded pile, and unbonding the dowels…

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