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BRAGG CRANE SERVICE Does The Heavy Lifting at New Loma Linda University Medical Center Expansion Project 6

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Above: Bragg Crane Service lifting steel girder at Loma Linda University Medical Center for Schuff Steel with their Liebherr LR 1750 Crawler Crane.

Loma Linda University Medical Center will soon have a new adult hospital and Children’s Hospital tower that will comply with California’s new seismic requirements now mandatory by the year 2020. The expansion will also serve to meet the needs of the growing Inland Empire population when it is completed in December 2019. It has been reported that the new adult hospital will have 288 licensed beds with a future capacity of 320, while the expanded Children’s Hospital will have 349 licensed beds and future capacity of 377. The main tower will be 267 feet


tall, which will officially make it the second tallest building in the Inland Empire. McCarthy Building Companies (McCarthy) is the general engineering contractor that was awarded the approximately $813,000 contract, with expectations that total capital expenditures could reach upward of $1.5 billion. Funding for the project will come from several sources, including state grants, bond financing, cash flow from operations, and from Vision 2020, a philanthropic campaign. Construction initially began in early 2015 with the demolition

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of existing buildings on Prospect Avenue to make way for the new hospital. Next, ground was broken for a new multilevel parking structure, and then another parking structure commenced in late 2015. The project will include a new 970,000 sq. ft. replacement of critical care, acute care, and other related support spaces. Another 500,000 sq. ft. will be decommissioned and adapted for reuse once the hospital is vacated. A 6-story podium will support the new 11-story adult patient tower and 4-story Children’s patient tower. The podium and towers are steel

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Above: Bragg Crane Service placing 90-plus viscous dampers at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

framed structures, which are seismically isolated as a single structure below the podium level. This structure will be seismically isolated on Triple Friction Pendulum Bearings located under each column at the bottom. These bearings will be supported off concrete pedestals on a mat foundation. Additionally, fluid viscous dampers will be attached to the foundation and


the building across the isolation plane to provide supplemental viscous damping to the system and minimize the seismic displacement. It is important to note that the new structure will be linked to the adjacent existing Children’s Hospital Building 7 and 8, and to the adjacent existing Schuman Pavilion by bridge structures with flexible corridor connections. To accommodate

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the maximum movement of the isolated structure, a seismic moat will also be constructed around the perimeter of the building. The perimeter will also include a permanent shotcrete retaining wall supported by steel soldier piles and tieback anchors. McCarthy awarded the fabrication and erection to Schuff Steel, one of the largest and most experienced steel

fabricators and erectors in North America. Schuff Steel will be responsible for fabricating and erecting more than 25,000 tons of structural steel, and they turned to Bragg Crane Service for assistance in placing both the steel and other items like the more than 90 seismic isolation pads. JB Buksa has been working for Bragg Crane Service for 20 years and serves as their operations

Above Top: Bragg Crane Service uses 881,000 lb. counterweight wagon with LIebherr LR 1750 Crawler Crane. Above Middle: JB Buksa, Operations Manager, Bragg Crane Service. Directly Above: Viscous dampers for earthquake proof foundation.

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Below: Artist rendering of new Loma Linda University Medical Center Expansion Project. Right: Liebherr LR 1750 with luffer.

manager. “We are utilizing two (Liebherr LR) 1750 crawler cranes on this project. One in heavy lift Luffer (138’ 254’) with wagon (881,000 lbs. of counterweight) and one in straight boom (230’) in port configuration,” says Buksa. “We started off in September 2017, however, with a (Liebherr LR1300) 330-ton crawler crane that we set up on the north side to place all of the isolation pads. We then moved that crane to the south side to finish setting the isolation pads, before temporarily leaving the job site for approximately six weeks.” When Bragg Crane Service returned to the job in early December 2017, they did so with their Liebherr LR1750 825-ton crawler cranes to begin lifting steel beams. Crews built up both Liebherr LR1750 cranes from Dec. 4 to 8, with one crane going to work on the north side Dec. 11 and the other on the south side Dec. 18. The north side 825-ton crawler crane was set up with 400 foot of boom, while the southside 1750 required 230 feet


of straight boom, along with a Liebherr HSL fork configuration. “A big part of this story is the hard work and professionalism exhibited by our crews in transporting these two cranes in just four days,” says Buksa. “We had eight truck drivers and a fourman support crew who worked tirelessly to transport 98 loads from our Fontana yard to the job site.” Buksa continued to explain that once the crane components were safely transported, a five-man crew went to work erecting both Liebherr LR1750’s. “Getting these big loads on-site and dealing with restrictions on the permanent roads made this task even more of a challenge,” says Buksa. “So as not to impact the day-to-day operations of the hospital, it was necessary to shut down one of the main driveways. This required our crews to have everything unloaded each day by 5:30 p.m. Other challenges included working in some pretty tight quarters, especially with the wagon configuration. Our guys

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had everything planned and engineered down to every detail, and I am proud of the exemplary work they are doing on this project.” Buksa points out that he has two of his best operators out on this project, Donnie Samson, and Tommy Goodwin. “We put some of our best operators on the job because we handle a lot of iron here at Bragg, but not always with such big cranes,” says Buksa. “The weight and radius of the lifts demanded cranes of this size, and we are performing I-Beam lifts as heavy as 98,000 lbs. at a radius of 180 feet.” According to Buksa, when the LR1750s have done their job, they will be moving on to work out at the Inglewood Stadium (home of the LA Rams and LA Chargers), while the Liebherr LR1300 will remain behind to finish up on the south side of the Loma Linda Medical Center. For more information on Bragg Companies, please visit their website at or call their Long Beach headquarters at (877) 264-4193. Cc

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Background: Crane Rental Service using their Grove 240-ton hydraulic truck crane to lift HVAC unit in Corona.

Bill Foster started Crane Rental Service, Inc., formerly Bill Foster Crane (Crane Rental Service), in 1965 with one used crane and a dream of building strong, longlasting relationships in the crane rental industry. Bill has been a part of many firsts in this industry that has been so good to him over the past 50-plus years. From the start, Crane Rental Service grew at a steady pace, and in 1987, Foster decided to move his crane rental company away from the ultracompetitive tilt-up business, to the more profitable hydraulic truck crane niche. By 1990, the company had made the full transition from a large fleet

of conventional crawler cranes to a full-line of hydraulic truck cranes. The decision paid off as Crane Rental Service continued to grow and prosper. In 2014, Bill Foster decided to retire, and the company was transferred to his four children. Three of the four siblings remained with the family business, with Cathy (Foster) Greinke serving as president, Greg Foster as vice president and Lori (Foster) Hunter as Sec/Treasurer. In 2015, the decision was made to bring in industry veteran and family friend, Carl Johnson, as the company’s new general manager to help revamp and oversee operations. Johnson is no

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Since joining Crane Rental Service, Johnson has been instrumental in restructuring the entire sales program, with high double-digit growth in revenue from 2015 to 2016. “This year has been a little flat because we are going through some growing pains with starting our new tower crane division,” says Johnson. “We also started a rigging division and have already completed several good-sized rigging jobs to date.” According to Johnson, Crane Rental Service’s tower crane division currently has two big jobs going with another dozen jobs out for bid at this time. “We are looking at winning at least 30 percent of the bids we currently have out right now for our new tower crane division,” says Johnson. “We are on the shortlist for the George Lucas Museum project in Los Angeles for both tower cranes and a large rigging contract. Things are moving fast, and when you take on a new endeavor as big as this, you will have a learning curve and startup costs that are both challenging and rewarding.” Johnson continues to point out that the erection division helps the crane side of the business, and vice versa the rental crane division is helping to jump-start the rigging division. “The primary focus of our business has been in the general engineering construction industry, which we have found

to be limiting. For this reason, we made the move to diversify our offerings and create new revenue streams,” says Johnson. “This will go a long way to flatten out the typical hills and valleys of the crane rental business.” Johnson says that after analyzing past revenue sources it became apparent that they needed to be more involved in the industrial sector. This would include power plant shutdowns and refinery maintenance for both the crane rental and rigging divisions. “We did a very large plant shutdown last year at the Mountain View power plant in Redlands that was extremely successful,” says Johnson. “That was our first venture into an outage situation, and we hit it out of the ballpark and are back working for General Electric as we speak.” Johnson says that Crane Rental Service’s workload is currently at around 60 percent for construction projects, 20 percent for commercial and 20 percent industrial. “I would like to see us at 50 percent construction and 25/25 between industrial and commercial as soon as possible,” says Johnson. “We are doing a lot of HVAC and steel work right now, followed by general erection work, rebar, and even utility pole work for Edison subcontractors. That is what is happening now, but things are changing with every passing day.”

Crane Rental Service works primarily from San Diego to south of the San Fernando Valley, which allows them to remain competitive with drive time and other extraneous costs involved with travel in the crane business. Johnson points out that they go out much further for the tower crane business and are currently looking at bidding a couple of projects in Las Vegas. Their headquarters is located in Orange with an overflow yard in Anaheim. “2 acres seemed like a lot of space back in the 70s, but things have gotten tight, and the need for more acreage is at the forefront of our plans,” says Johnson. “With a medium size fleet of cranes, we have been fortunate that most of our cranes remain out in the field and only come into our yard for brief periods of maintenance,” says Johnson. “But the reality is that we will continue to grow, and at some point, we will need to relocate to a bigger yard.” Crane Rental Service’s fleet ranges in size from 30-ton boom trucks to a 450-ton Grove GMK 6400 all-terrain crane. “We started out with a big relationship with Grove in the 60s and 70s before Link-Belt was introduced into our fleet in early 2000s,” says Johnson. “We like the Link-Belt cranes for their reliability and ease of use, and they now make up the majority of our mid-sized cranes. Our vice president, Greg Foster, Left & Below: Crane Rental Service using their Link-Belt HTC-3140, 140ton hydraulic truck crane to place shade frames for Shade Structures at Celebration Park in Ontario.

is a huge fan of Link-Belt cranes and our fleet currently consists of 90-ton and 140-ton hydraulic truck cranes and rough terrain cranes.” Johnson points out that some of the features that keep them going back to Link-Belt are their greaseless booms, bigger charts, and ease of maintenance. “Our Link-Belt cranes are just so reliable, and that is why we just added another 90-ton back in 2015,” says Johnson. “I also want to point out that, in my opinion, Nixon-Egli is just at the top when it comes to vendors that are helpful and easy to work with. We have enjoyed working with our knowledgeable sales representative, Tom Trevithick, for four years now and NixonEgli’s service manager, Dave Heitmiller, has been invaluable to us over the many years we have dealt with Nixon-Egli. The service department is one of the best in the industry, and we are certainly fortunate to work with such a professional dealership and group of individuals.” The family also has a close relationship with Mike Lannigan the owner of Western Pacific Cranes our Grove dealer for many years. “Their support throughout our growth years has been a tremendous help in diversifying our fleet and offering fleet based solutions,” says Johnson. Johnson says that demand drives the need for new crane purchases. “When we start losing jobs because we don’t have the right crane available for a specific project, then we know that we need to pull the trigger and add another unit to our fleet,” says Johnson. “There is a certain amount of luck and faith involved with these purchases, but in the end, it is about knowing your customer and your market.” Johnson continues to point out that you have to learn how to educate a client, especially in situations where they may need

something like the Crane Rental Service flagship 450-ton all terrain crane for instance. “There are a lot of moving pieces, and when our 450-ton crane goes out in full-dress, with 190,000 lbs. of counterweight and self-rigging Mega Wing Lift system, it requires almost a dozen trucks just to get it on-site,” says Johnson. “Logistically you have to know how to get the crane in there, how to set it up and make sure all of the radius and tail swing are in place. Sometimes it is a leap of faith, and at some point, you have to bet on yourself and know that you can keep the cranes busy.” Crane Rental Service has most recently utilized the Grove GMK 6400 450-ton crane on several high profile jobs, including a large project for NASA in Victorville, out at LAX for construction on the new terminal and a three-week project for Skanska. “All indicators point to being very busy in 2018 with all of our cranes, including our tower cranes,” says Johnson. “For instance, our RT cranes have been working almost constantly, with one currently in Indio, another at LAX and one more on a job in Hollywood. We are happy to be busy because it is much more difficult to succeed in this business these days. Our operator costs with Local 12 have gone up 41 percent in 10 years, and our pricing has only gone up around six or 7 percent. It can be tough, but we are here for the long haul and ready to face any and all challenges.” Crane Rental Service is currently keeping most of their cranes busy every day. Their specialty is truck cranes, and daily rentals are the nature of their business. “We are a truck crane business, and we refer to them as taxicabs; you know they come in, and they go right back out,” says Johnson. A typical job would be like one they recently completed in Ontario with their Link-Belt

Above & Below: Crane Rental Service's flagship Grove GMK 6400 450-ton all-terrain crane working in downtown Los Angeles.

HTC 3140 140-ton hydraulic truck crane. “Jobs like this one are a little more unique due to the large amount of boom and jib needed for the lift. We did this one-day project for Shade Structures, a playground equipment supplier out of Costa Mesa. We placed two very large shade frames at Celebration Park in Ontario that at fully dressed out required 142 foot of main and 56 foot of jib,” says Johnson. “It wasn’t about weight on this particular job, but more about the distance and knowing the appropriate crane for the job and that is just another thing that sets our company apart from the pack.” Johnson says that sometimes it is about the weight

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Above Left: Carl Johnson, General Manager, Crane Rental Service, Inc. Above Right: Crane Rental Service headquarters in Orange.

and the distance, like on a recent project in Corona where they were asked to lift a 10-ton rooftop HVAC unit. For this project, Crane Rental Service elected to use their 240-ton Grove truck crane, which was more than enough crane for the job. “We have a crane for every job and our further diversification into tower cranes, and rigging projects will help in diversifying our revenue stream,” says Johnson. Crane Rental Service has been around now for 53 years, and according to Johnson, it the company’s unmatched integrity and high-quality employees and equipment that have led to such longevity. “We currently have 55 employees with very little turnover,” says Johnson. “They stay with us because they know that we focus on their safety first, followed by a working atmosphere that can only be found in a successful familyowned business.” Johnson says that he would like to recognize and thank every one of his team members by name, but will settle for pointing out a few examples of excellence in the workplace. “As an example, our dispatcher, Scott Bowling, is one of the best in industry, in a job that can be truly thankless at times,” says Johnson. “He has a unique demeanor about him, and he is good at what he does. We are constantly running out of cranes and operators and dealing with customers, and even our competitors can be a daily


juggling act. Scott is one of the best there is, and we are fortunate to have him here.” Johnson’s praise does not stop there; he also has great admiration for the three “Foster” siblings that own and run the company on a daily basis. “Our vice president, Greg Foster, has been around cranes since he was 12-years old. He has been a member of the union for 40 some years and is a driving force in the logistics of our day-to-day operations, including the purchasing of cranes,” says Johnson. He is also one of my best friends, and although that may sound tricky, he and his two sister/partners have created a work atmosphere that is both comfortable and rewarding.” Johnson also has great admiration and respect for Cathy Greinke, the company’s president. “Like her brother, Greg, Cathy has been around cranes since she was a little girl. She reached out to me, and I appreciate both her leadership and willingness to allow me the space to do what I can to take this company to an entirely new level,” says Johnson. “Lori (Foster) Hunter is our treasurer, and she is part of the hard-working backbone that keeps our records in order and billing department on top of things so that we can maintain a proper revenue stream.” Last but certainly not least is Crane Rental Service’s sales team, led by veteran Pat Alaimo. “Pat truly is the heart of this team, with

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his attention to detail and crane expertise, he is what every owner wants as a sales/project manager and leader,” says Johnson. “In addition to being long time employees, Jim Slagle and Mitch Fossmore are both some of the hardest working guys I have ever seen. Craig Casey is one of our newer project managers also doing a great job bringing in a whole new list of customers. Industry Veteran Joe Spinuzzi has shown to be multi-talented, wearing a couple hats, helping out with the sales team, and also the rigging and tower crane division. Leading that Division is Kriss Krack, who has shown his expertise and tenacity in regards to Tower Cranes and rigging.” Crane Rental Service, Inc. is a Woman-Owned Small Business and is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Their operators are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #12 and Local 428 and are signatory to Ironworkers Local #433, as well as all being NCCCO and OECP certified. Crane Rental Service continues to strive to be the best and hold both integrity and safety in the highest regard. For more information on the company, please visit their website at or call their headquarters at (714) 997-3100 (888.96CRANE) or their affiliated Mesa Arizona branch at (480) 893-0081. Cc


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Above: Artist rendering of the new 138,000 sq. ft. California State Polytechnic University Student Service Building.

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Anglemyer is the fourth generation of Anglemyers to help grow and advance the family business, and he put together the plans for the Cal Poly Pomona SSB job. “We started out on this project a few months back and should have all of the crane work completed by the end of February,” says Anglemyer. “We are currently running our Link-Belt (ATC-3275) 275-ton all terrain crane with a Link-Belt 40-ton crane on-site to assist in the lifts.” According to Anglemyer, C.W. Driver was originally looking for a conventional crane to do the heavy work, with the idea that it would be much faster than a hydraulic all terrain crane. They accepted bids on both a conventional and crawler crane with a luffer, along

with our bid utilizing a hydraulic all terrain unit. “The steel workers did not feel that the hydraulic all terrain crane would be fast enough, but Schroeder took a chance on us, and we proved that our machine was plenty fast enough to handle the job,” says Anglemyer. “Everybody is extremely happy with the speed of our (Link-Belt 275ton hydraulic all terrain) crane which is a little bit unique when you compare it to the all-terrain cranes from Germany,” says Anglemyer. Anglemyer explains that this particular crane is one of the few of its size built right here in America (Kentucky) and that it was built specifically for faster cycle times. “I want to thank Shroeder Iron Corporation for

believing in us and our ability to deliver with our Link-Belt 275ton all terrain with telescoping boom. Schroeder’s job superintendent, Jason Hampton and project manager, EZ (Ezequiel) Ruvalcaba have been great to work with and have always been supportive and willing to listen to our ideas and solutions,” says Anglemyer. “It has worked perfectly out on the Cal Poly Pomona job site where we are performing a variety of lifts, including 23,000 lb. steel girders at a 100’ radius, and 10,000 lb. girders at a radius of 180’.” Anglemyer points out that their Link-Belt 40-ton hydraulic truck crane is also working hard all daylong assisting the bigger crane and doing some smaller lifts on its own. “We are going to bring in one of our Link-Belt 90 ton cranes soon to finish up after we complete all of the heavier lifts over the next few weeks,” says Anglemyer. I want to take a moment to thank our operators, Randy Johns and Chuck Helmers, and oilers, Ian Robinson and Bill Sanford, who have been doing such an outstanding job

proving our worth with our 275-ton hydraulic all terrain crane,” says Anglemyer. “This has been a very rewarding job, and working at Cal Poly has also brought back some fond memories for my wife, Rene, who graduated from the college with a degree in Animal Science.” While at Cal Poly Pomona, Rene was heavily involved at the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center where she had two horses in the program. “My wife has the distinct honor of having the oldest horse in the history of the horse program at Cal Poly. The horse’s names were Hilda (C.P. Dear Me) and Beywatch, and Hilda lived to the ripe old age of 36,” says Anglemyer. “We loved that horse and just recently were forced to put her down. Cal Poly does a great job with their Arabian breeding center, and they deserve a lot of credit for their great work.” Anglemyer Crane Rental currently has 28 cranes in their fleet from a 12-ton capacity truck crane to a 350-ton Grove GMK 6350 all-terrain crane. “We will

continue to add newer cranes to our fleet, and recently purchased three new Terex 40-ton cranes that just went online a few weeks ago,” says Anglemyer. “We have also recently upgraded our bigger all terrain cranes and are now looking at growing our midrange offerings with new 90 to 140-ton units.” Seven of the 28 cranes in the Anglemyer fleet are Link-Belts, and the relationship between Anglemyer and Nixon-Egli Equipment Company goes back a long way. “My father and I enjoy working with Nixon-Egli,” says Anglemyer. “You just cannot beat that dealership. They offer the best sales and support around and in this industry that means a lot. We deal with Tom Terrific (Trevithick) on the sales side, and Dave Heitmiller on the service end and both of these guys have been there for us every time we have called with a question or concern. Tom is just great to work with, and I don’t think there is a better service manager in the industry than Dave Heitmiller.” Anglemyer’s Link-Belt fleet runs from a

Left Page: Anglemyer Crane Rental using their Link-Belt ATC-3275 275-ton all-terrain crane lifting iron for the new Cal Poly Pomona Student Service Building. Below: Link-Belt 275-ton crane lifting 23,000 lb. steel girder and other steel components at the Cal Poly for Schroeder Iron Corporation at Cal Poly Pomona campus.

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Above Left: Anglemyer Crane Rental operator, Randy Johns, and oiler, Ian Robinson at Cal Poly Pomona campus. Above Right: Lifting iron for the new roof system at new Student Services Building at Cal Poly Pomona.

40-ton truck crane to a 275-ton all terrain crane, and along with the rest of their fleet, Anglemyer has the right crane for almost any application. Anglemyer Crane Rental works throughout Southern California in a variety of applications including work at the harbors, HVAC, steel erection, movie studio work, rock, and sand work, as well as for the communications companies like Verizon and Sprint. According to Anglemyer, every day is different with some mundane jobs and others that are downright exciting. “We are getting ready to do some work for Vulcan Materials where we are lifting and placing a new crusher on a cliffside at Azusa Rock,” says Anglemyer. “This type of work takes experience and the right machine. We have both, and that is why we get the call for jobs like this one.” Anglemyer Crane Rental started out as Ed Anglemyer & Sons back in the early 50s when Ed Anglemyer first started out


performing only repair work. In the 60s, Ed Anglemyer III took over operations and continued to grow the maintenance business, while adding two or three cranes to the mix for rental. By the 70s Ed Anglemyer III started adding more cranes to the rental fleet, eventually fazing out the repair business by 1986. It was around this time that John Anglemyer joined the company he began to make his mark by adding newer hydraulic and conventional truck cranes that customers were demanding. “By the late 90s, my dad and I were purchasing brand new conventional cranes from Nixon-Egli. I remember when we bought our first LinkBelt from Nixon-Egli in 1997. It was a 200-ton conventional truck crane, and from there we began to take off,” says Anglemyer. “The quality of our service grew with each new year, along with our new purchases. Our highly experienced crane operators, mechanics and sales representatives have set us apart in this competitive business, earning us the respect

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of our customers and even our competitors.” Anglemyer’s operators are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12 and are skilled in a variety of work and are available on a daily or hourly basis, as well as for long-term rental situations. “We have one of the best safety records in the industry, and that is by far the most important thing that we stress here at Anglemyer Crane Rental. Do your job to the best of your ability and get home to your family safe,” says Anglemyer. “I look forward to what the future has in store for us here at Anglemyer Crane Rental and want to thank everyone that has made our journey such a pleasure thus far.” For more information on Anglemyer Crane Rental, visit their website at or call wtheir Azusa headquarters at (626) 334-5109. Cc



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ROI with UAVs in Construction: How Large and Small Firms are Using Drones By Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor, Commercial UAV News (

The many ways in which drones can impact how construction professionals might approach a project have been well documented, but recent changes to regulation and advances of UAV technology have altered these conversations. Rather than focusing on the potential of these tools, many stakeholders are ready to explore where and how UAVs can make a difference. How will a drone impact their bottom line? Will it mean training for the current crew? What kind of data will they be getting from a drone? Beyond such practicalities, questions around what adoption looks like for organizations of different scales and scope remain. After all, it’s one thing to figure out the best way to


utilize a drone on a specific project, but it’s quite another to work through what doing so will mean across an entire organization. Recently, the team at 3DR connected with experts from large and small firms to detail exactly how drones were making a difference for them. Whether it was the 4X increase in productivity with Site Scan or how a company is using drones as a QA/QC Tool, it’s clear these practical differences are being realized, and it’s especially notable to see how companies of various sizes are seeing those distinctions. By making it easy to collect and process aerial data while seamlessly integrating with existing workflows, drones are increasingly finding a place on jobsites of any size.

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Seeing the Same Differences Two very different companies have showcased how and where drones are making a difference for them. Bogh Engineering is a 3rd generation family owned construction and engineering company with 65 employees. On the other end of the spectrum, PCL Construction is a group of independent general contracting construction companies with over 4,400 employees across the United States, Canada and Australia. Both companies have been able to identify the difference UAV technology has made to their bottom line and the way they approach a project. Bill Bennington is Virtual Construction Manager at PCL Construction Services, Inc. He’s been an active part of

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the company’s project startup process, which includes a discussion between project teams and district management, to determine which tools and technologies could be leveraged to add value to the project. These talks are focused on how technology like drones can impact a specific project, but these are conversations that have implications for the entire organization. “I think our size made it easier to move forward with the technology,” Bennington said. “At any given time, we have many projects underway in various market sectors and phases of construction. This allowed us to quickly put the system in use and test its full range of capabilities.” Bennington can and does consider the differences the technology represents for projects that vary in scope and scale, but the differences he’s looking for are the same as the ones for professionals who are focused on single projects. Mark Bogh is the President of Bogh Engineering, and he’s actively involved with the demolition and rebuild of Indio High School in Indio, CA. His company flies their drone everyday on their current export job to look at areas that need to be cut or shaved, as well as areas that need to be filled. He’s able to use the data gathered by the drone to ensure he’s being as strategic as possible in that process, as not doing so generates unnecessary expenses for the 40 acre site. However, he’s been able to leverage the drone in a far more specific and even beneficial manner. “The reason I bought the drone is because the way that my work is scheduled,” Bogh mentioned. “When we’re not doing grading, we’re primarily the concrete contractor. If the


grade isn’t right, or if the grade was right and then got disturbed, I’m the one that often has to pay to fix it. With the drone, I can look at a particular spot and see the grade is messed up. It allows me to identify where and how that grade got messed up, which means it’s that person’s responsibility to fix it.” When that doesn’t happen, it’s an issue that Bogh has had to pay for in more ways than one, whether it’s a direct expense or an argument with contractors or even the client. Avoiding these kinds of issues can make or break a project, but how are they best quantified when looking at the bottom line? Quantifying an ROI Many construction professionals understand what it can mean to spot an issue before it turns into a problem. Professionals recognize the time and expense correcting a problem represents, but how can that time and expense be calculated when it never occurs? That’s the dilemma for many professionals, as drones allow them to spot and avoid these unnecessary problems that are a reality on all construction

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projects. That being the case, where and how can construction professionals quantify the difference they’re able to see when using a drone? “This question is often asked and difficult to answer,” Bennington explained. “How do you quantify the value of a quality issue that never happened because it was prevented through our use of a drone? How do you determine the value of showcasing your drone capabilities to a potential client? However, we are tracking the time and resources spent utilizing the drone to determine grades and contours vs the cost of traditional survey. We’ve also looked at the cost savings associated with foregoing traditional aerial photography.” One of the best explanations around where and how users can find this kind of value relates to drones being able to do something faster, cheaper or safer. Users might not be able to see these distinctions in every single task a drone performs, but those differences are evident across an entire project. However, being able to properly quantify the value of a drone means being able to use the tool in a way that makes sense

logistically and financially. “You can’t use the drone like you’d use a survey crew for exacting work,” said Bogh. “They can get you close though, and that can work really well. We just flew it the other day and within an hour my guy emailed me with a cut/fill map. Just like that, off we go. I was literally just looking at that map, trying to figure out what to do tomorrow. It allows me to be responsive to the job in an incredibly powerful way.” That kind of responsiveness might be difficult to quantify, but it’s a distinction that’s just as real as it is important. Mistakes can be the difference between a project running over budget and coming under budget, and drones can represent the difference between being on one side of the ledger or the other. Sorting Through the Data While most professionals talk about how drones can and are just another tool, the sense that UAVs are an inherently different piece of technology still persists. It’s often the cause of challenges when it comes to transitioning the data gathered by a drone into a user’s ecosystem,

since many view this data as something inherently foreign. However, the data gathered by a drone is not vastly different from the kind of data that any professional should be familiar with. “My AutoCAD, my Civil 3D, and my computers at the office are there to handle this data whether I fly a drone or whether I have a survey crew,” said Bogh. “It’s not apples and oranges. It’s not a foreign concept. The aerial mapping has been done since the 50’s. It was just done manually. If you’re used to topograhic surveys and digital terrain models, this is just a different way to collect the data. It’s the same process.” Challenges relating to how data can and should be integrated into an ecosystem can stem from issues related to that much more data being gathered, or from an uncertainty around the process itself. That’s why it’s essential to break down this process and determine the approach that can and should be taken for each step. “You need to think of the system in two parts,” Bennington explained. “You

have the collection of data in the field and the consumption of the data in the office. The collection part can easily be performed by our existing field personnel. We have four operations staff in the Orlando office who have passed the Part 107 exam and received their certification to fly sUAS. Each of the four individuals have self-studied using the information provided by 3DR. Once the data is collected and processed via Site Scan, the outputs are in file formats that work with our native BIM (Building Information Modeling) programs and processes in the office.” Of course, being able to sort and transmit data to where it needs to go in a given ecosystem for a specific project isn’t going to be an automatic process, and it’s one that project stakeholders need to actively consider. However, that same process is one that would need to be dealt with regardless of what tool was being used. It makes the effort to do so for data gathered by a drone more similar than different when compared to more familiar tools. Taking to the Sky Changes in regulation and advances to drone technology itself have made it easier than ever for commercial operators to take to the sky. Field engineers have detailed what it meant for them to become FAA remote pilots, while features like the Site Scan Field mobile application allows any user to plan an autonomous flight. The practical implications of doing so are incredibly important considerations for construction professionals. “The actual drone piece was pretty simple,” Bogh said.

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“Within about four weeks we had a kid hired and he had taken the test. The more challenging thing was learning the intricacies of how to fold the information into our existing workflows. It took maybe five weeks to get working.” Once that process is up and running, stakeholders can see the differences drones represent in multiple ways. PCL identified their need to do frequent grading with a costeffective, scalable solution, and drones have proven to be an effective solution because they know what they want and need from the data. “We are actively meeting with our repeat clients and discussing the benefits of drones and explaining how we are using the data we capture; beyond just ‘pretty pictures’”, said Bennington. “The photos actually represent a small portion of the usable data output we generate; the real benefit is in the 3D point clouds and meshes.” Professionals at large organizations like PCL Construction and smaller firms like Bogh Engineering have been able to use drones to adjust the time on cut-and-fill tasks from 2 days to ½ a day

Point cloud of the Pinto Creek Bridge in Arizona, based off datat from a single drone flight.

as well as reduce the time a surveyor would need from a week to a day and a half. Organizations of any size can see similar results, but doing so depends on a conscious effort to leverage and utilize these tools in a way that makes sense for a given project or organization. Fortunately, the benefits of doing so are both measurable and practical. About the Author Jeremiah Karpowicz always envisioned a career as a screenwriter, but found the autonomy and freedom he was looking for in the digital space.

He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and plenty more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He has also worked as the Executive Editor for ProVideo Coalition where he was first introduced to UAV technology. You can get in touch with him on Twitter: @jeremiahkarp Download the Commercial UAV News free report about drones in construction here: Commercial UAV News is the presenter of Commercial UAV Expo, Oct 1-3, 2018 in Las Vegas. Cc

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IN MEMORY OF MARY ANN POOL Mary Ann Pool - Peacefully passed away in her sleep on December 10, 2017. She worked behind the scenes, fiercely loyal and dedicated to the family business. She started right out of high school working at a kitchen table across from her father, Jim Bragg, founder of the Bragg Companies. She was instrumental in building the company to what it is today. She was firm, but kind and generous, although you wouldn't know it because

she often kept her generosity between herself and the people she was helping. She was the daughter of Jim and Sue Bragg, sister of George and Steve. She was a mother to Kathy, Connie and Carol, grandmother to Jessica, Sarah, Amanda and Jake and great grandmother to Carter, Laila, Sasha, Morgan and Jordan. She was a respected boss to many and a leader in the industry. She will be missed. Cc

LINK-BELT ANNOUNCES NEW BASE RATING, INTRODUCES RTC-80160 SERIES II Lexington, KY – LinkBelt Cranes is pleased to announce the RTC-80160 Series II, upgrading its previous 150-ton rough terrain to a 160-ton (145mt) model. “The 80150 has been a phenomenal success ever since it was introduced and this new base rating will be good news to our distributors and crane owners. It only makes sense for us to upgrade the 80150 to represent the top base rating in the market with the RTC-80160 Series II,” said Brian Smoot, Link-Belt Rough Terrain Crane Manager. Link-Belt Cranes first introduced the world to hydrostatic drive on a sixwheel carrier frame in 2002

with the RTC-80100 Series II. Link-Belt has evolved their product offering into three 6-wheel rough terrain models: RTC-80110 Series II, RTC-80130 Series II, and now RTC-80160

Series II with hundreds of these units working across the globe. LinkBelt’s 6-wheel rough terrain cranes continue to be the market leaders and trusted option in applications that range from pier and dock work to refineries and industrial plants with their tight turning radius and reach, to wind farm maintenance with their strong charts and ease of travel. For more information on the Link-Belt RTC-80160 Series II 150-ton rough terrain crane, contact Nixon-Egli Equipment Company at either one of their Ontario or Tracy locations. Cc

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