Additional updates improve convenience, accuracy for users
Earlier this year, A1A Software LLC, developer of 3D Lift Plan, announced the launch of a 2D version, making the crane lift planning tool compatible for use on tablets. In addition, new features and expanded libraries improve convenience for users and accuracy of lift plans.
According to a recent study*, nearly 80 percent of construction professionals surveyed view mobile devices as “important” or “very important” for project workflow. “3D Lift Plan is increasingly used by crane rental companies and contractors for more than just technical crane lift planning. It’s also a business tool,” said Tawnia Weiss, president of A1A Software. In this capacity, a tablet friendly version of 3D Lift Plan expands the applications for the program.
“New SVG mode graphics enable the full website version to be viewed in 2D on a tablet, improving convenience for 3D Lift Plan’s use in the field,” said Weiss. The 2D version is ideal for sales people who need to produce proposals or lift directors who are verifying crane setup information with the lift crew onsite. After data is input from the 2D interface, it can be retrieved back at the office for building a lift plan in 3D.
Two other new features also improve the experience of building a 3D Lift Plan. A drag and drop feature makes it easier to place objects from 3D Lift Plan’s extensive 3D object library. Users no longer have to enter the X and Y coordinates for the placement of the object. Instead they simply grab the desired object, such as a building, and drag and drop it into position. While users have always been able to create videos of their simulated lifts, doing so required multiple steps. A new snapshot feature records all the information in the lift plan. Users simply select start and end points of the load placement or boom movement and the snapshot feature captures and merges the information to create an animation.
Increased Lift Plan accuracy
An extensive crane library is the backbone of 3D Lift Plan, but the application would not be complete without tools for selecting rigging, calculating ground bearing pressure, and selecting crane mats. An expanded rigging gear database now includes a greater number of common sling configurations, spreader beams, hook blocks, and shackles. 3D Lift Plan calculates capacities based on configuration, allowing lift planners to confirm appropriate rigging selection.
Finally, a collaboration between A1A Software and DICA outrigger pads provides data for 13 standard models of FiberMax® mega duty crane pads in 3D Lift Plan’s crane mats library. FiberMax crane pads distribute concentrated loads over large areas to reduce ground bearing pressure more effectively than wood or steel. Made of fiber reinforced polymer, they are as strong as steel but weigh up to 70 percent less.
“Now 3D Lift Plan users can select the best possible load distribution option based on the projected ground bearing pressures and lift specifications,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA. “We are excited to partner with an industry leading safety and technology company to expand options for 3D Lift Plan users who are planning lifts in a variety of ground conditions,” he said.
“By working with manufacturers to obtain technical specifications, whether they make cranes, rigging gear, or outrigger pads, 3D Lift Plan is able to more accurately generate lift planning data than if we were to use generic information. Our relationships with equipment OEMs are important to providing customers the tools necessary to plan lifts that mitigate risk,” said Weiss.