GCA Construction News Bulletin June 2012

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Guam Contractors’ Association


Diamonds in the Rough.

Vol.53 Issue 06 JUNE2012



The Happenings

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Update C ommittee S.A.M.E.

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C ommittee Update T he Happenings N AWIC News

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Feature Story

Story F eature Diamond

P hoto Highlights C rane Critique Corner Member Annoucements

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your vision our reality At Hawaiian Rock Products, we are always ready to meet your construction needs. We have a fleet of over 200 construction vehicles and a workforce of over 400 employees. We operate state of the art facilities, strategically located throughout the island with the capacity to fulfill any project size requirements. Our vast fleet of equipment continues to expand along with the growing needs of the industry. We are here to provide you with the quality products and services you need, when you need them. 2008 Business Laureate

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PRESIDENT James A. Martinez, GCA CHAIRMAN Robert Salas, Landscape Management Systems VICE CHAIRMAN Tom Anderson, Black Construction PAST CHAIRMAN William “Bill” Beery, Tutujan Hill Group SECRETARY/TREASURER Art Chan, Hawaiian Rock ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Patty Lizama, Individual Assurance Company Paul Calvo, Calvo’s Insurance Carlo Leon Guerrero, M80 Office Systems Inc. Ray Yanger, Matson Navigation CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Tom Nielsen, Maeda Pacific Corporation Juno Eon, Core Tech International Mike Venezia, Hensel Phelps John Robertson, AmOrient Louis De Maria, dck pacific guam LLC

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Guam Contractor’s Association (GCA) in conjunction with AdzTech and Public Relations, Inc. publishes the Construction News Bulletin (CNB) monthly. Reproduction of materials appearing in this publication is strictly forbidden without written permission by GCA. While we always strive for accuracy, we will from time to time overlook mistakes. In order to help us improve the quality and accuracy of this publication, we ask that you take the time to look at the information provided and notify GCA of any corrections as needed. Opinions and editorial content of this publication may not necessarily be those of the publisher, staff, GCA members, GCA Board of Directors and advertisers. For more information about advertising in the GCA Construction News Bulletin contact the advertising department at (671) 477-1239/2239 or email at adztech@teleguam.net. Distributed to GCA members or can be obtained by stopping by the Guam Contractors’ Association office located at 718 N. Marine Corps Drive, Suite 203, East West Business Center, Upper Tumon, Guam. To find out more about how you can become a GCA member contact Chantel Cruz, Guam Contractors’ Association at (671)647-4840/41, or fax (671) 647-4866 or email to gca@teleguam.net. Postmaster. Send address changes to Guam Contractors’ Association, located at 718 N. Marine Drive Corps Suite 203, East West Business Center, Upper Tumon, Guam.


THETEAM PUBLISHER: James Martinez SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR: Geri Leon Guerrero AD SALES: Marty Leon Guerrero June Maratita PRODUCTION: Geri Leon Guerrero Christopher “Taco” Rowland PHOTOGRAPHERS: Marty Leon Guerrero EDITOR: Adztech CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: John Robertson David F. Macaluso Dave Barnhouse Vince Bordallo GCA STAFF: Francine Arceo Desiree Lizama COVER: Diamond Award



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Society of

American Military Engineers On Saturday May 19th, approximately 80 golfers attended the 34th Annual SAME Charlie Corn Scholarship Golf Tournament at STARTS Golf Resort. This Saturday in May was especially beautiful and the course was in great shape for an event that has been raising money for engineering scholarships for 34 years. The Charlie Corn Scholarship Program was initially started in 1978 with a donation from its namesake Charlie Corn. The Charlie Corn Golf Tournament is the longest running annual benefit event on Guam. Charlie Corn was a very well respected business man on Guam and surprisingly few people around Guam today are familiar with Charlie and his colorful position in Guam’s history. He could easily be hailed as one of the grandfathers of Guam’s post World War II business community and was given the distinction of being named Business Laureate of the year in 1997 by the Guam Chamber of Commerce. Charlie Corn contributed heavily to and provided the seed money for the scholarship fund that exists to this day. The Society of American Military Engineers honored him by naming the annual benefit tournament for him. The Charlie Corn Scholarship is eligible to students planning to pursue or pursuing full-time technical degrees at a college or university with an accredited engineering or architecture program. The previous 33 tournaments have helped raise funds to provide more than 260 scholarships to aspiring engineers and architects on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Freely Associated States of Micronesia. These scholarships generally range from $500 to $5000 each. Due to the success of previous tournaments, SAME has been able to increase the number and size of scholarships awarded for the last two years. 6 | JUNE2012

This year’s tournament was a two-person select shot format with Mr. Rodney Downs, and Mr. Chris Rhodes taking first place. Following the round of golf, a dinner buffet and awards presentation with raffle prizes was provided to the golfers. This year’s event raised over $25,000 for the scholarship program which will provide multiple awards to deserving men and women pursuing degrees and careers in architecture and engineering. Proceeds of this years’ event will be awarded to the following eight students that ranked highest of 14 applicants by the scholarship committee chaired again this year by Tor Gudmundsen, PE of TG Engineers. Checks for half the award will be distributed to recipients at the general membership meeting on 21st June with the remainder distributed for 2nd semester in January 2013.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th – 8th


Jessy Marie Hardy Connie Maluwelmeng Joseph Claveria Toby John Cruz Connor Linn Geraldine Manansala Julius Jose Raposa Crystal Cruz

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Military, Government and Labor Relations Committee Update (June ‘12) exceed all Europe.

By John M. Robertson While those of us on Guam are waiting for movement in the U.S. Senate on the Realignment of Forces in the Western Pacific, news from the region would indicate that the U.S. Congress needs to get its act together sooner rather than later – see below. News has emerged that the Independent Review called for by the Senate Armed Services Committee will be submitted to Congress in July. Also, that the preferred laydown plan by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the master plan for the region by the Department of Defense will be complete within the same time frame. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The following is quoted from Meredith Buel of Voice of America in a 6th June article. The United States is building up its navy fleet in the Asia-Pacific region, a part of the world where China also has strategic interests. By 2020 the Pentagon plans to shift 60 percent of its naval assets to the Pacific, in contrast to the current 50-50 split with the Atlantic. The move is part of the Obama administration’s strategic pivot to Asia, which analysts say is designed to offset China’s rising military power. Still, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a recent conference in Singapore the rebalancing is not aimed at threatening Beijing. “Some view the increased emphasis by the United States in the Asia-Pacific region as some kind of challenge to China. I reject that view entirely," said Panetta. Military spending by China and other Asian nations is on the rise and, for the first time this year, is projected to

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Ernest Bower heads the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The pivot or the rebalancing does not mean containment of China," said Bower. "It is a strategic chess game meant to convince China to play by the rules with everybody else.” Those rules include governing the resource-rich South China Sea, where Beijing has sent sophisticated patrol boats amid tensions with neighboring countries. “We oppose provocation, we oppose coercion, and we oppose the use of force. We do not take sides when it comes to competing territorial claims," said Panetta. On his trip, Secretary Panetta stressed that America’s pivot to Asia will depend on enhanced military relationships with Vietnam, India and other countries. China has long been suspicious of U.S. alliances in the region. Liu Weimin, a foreign ministry spokesman, said “The approach of artificially stressing military security, enhancing military deployments and strengthening military alliances is out of keeping with the times," said Weimin. "The Asia-Pacific is the region where Chinese and U.S. interests most overlap, and we welcome the United States to play a constructive role in the region.” But as the U.S. sends more military assets to Asia, significant differences with China remain. Bower said, “If there are disputes and there are conflicts that would unsettle Asia, it would be a real security concern for the United States because the truth is that a lot of our commerce comes from that region and we have massive investments there." While the Pentagon is facing significant budget cuts over the next decade, officials say they will not impact the new strategy to focus additional military assets in the Asia-Pacific region. The following is quoted from a June 5th article by Voice of America Chinese state media warned Tuesday, that Washington's planned military shift towards the Asia-Pacific threatens to create rifts between the two countries and may upset regional stability. The warnings come days after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlined a plan to transfer the


majority of U.S. warships to the region by the end of the decade as part of the Obama administration's "strategic re-balance" toward Asia. A commentary in the Communist Partyrun People's Daily newspaper rejected Washington's insistence that the move is not aimed at containing China, whose increasing assertiveness about its maritime claims have upset many neighbors in the region. The paper said it is "plain for all to see" that the United States has made China its target, saying this could "create schisms" in the region. On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin called on the U.S. to respect China's regional interests, saying that deploying more forces and strengthening military ties in the region are "inappropriate" actions. "All parties should contribute to maintaining and promoting peace, stability and development in the region," Liu said. "Deliberately highlighting the military and security agenda, deploying more military forces and strengthening military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region are inappropriate." Panetta told a conference of defense officials in Singapore on Saturday that the U.S. Navy would reposition its naval forces so that 60 percent of its battleships would be in the Pacific by 2020, up from about 50 percent now. The defense secretary is wrapping up a week-long visit to the Asia-Pacific region with a two-day trip to India, where he is expected to discuss expanding defense ties and China's economic and military power in the region. End quote. To be a military force to be reckoned with in the Western Pacific, it would seem the U.S. needs a robust strategic force in Guam with elements of the Air Force, the Navy and the Marine Corps. Some might question having the Marine Corps scattered between Australia and Hawaii. Stay tuned. The Government and Labor Relations Committee is open to all members of the association. Contact the GCA office for time and place of meetings.

Senseramente, John M Robertson, Committee Chairman



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Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

# 10 4 5 3 8 1 9 6 2 7

Points Points Pins plus Last Wk Lask Wk Team Name Won Lost Handicap Won Lost -1Black Construction Corp. 26437 4 0 866 28 8 Hawaiian Rock Products 1 26499 4 0 823 27 9 Hawaiian Rock Products 2 26241 3 1 836 23 13 DCK Pacific 25915 13 4 0 742 23 Guam Crane Services 25255 14 0 4 701 22 CMS 25124 16 4 0 664 20 CarQuest 23 24650 0 4 500 13 Advance Management inc. 24 24919 0 4 596 12 Cassidy’s Association Insurance 9 24249 3 445 27 1 Adztech & Public Relations 24267 0 4 476 6 30

-2772 1002 813 860 675 630 573 688 598 442

-3805 906 778 903 665 635 616 685 460 489

HDCP Total 2992 3178 2934 3081 2872 2790 2735 2836 2697 2574

-2839 745 674 697 725 678 597 687 464 573

-3789 779 652 813 827 647 616 655 504 544

HDCP Total 2975 2752 2863 2963 2979 2813 2820 2835 2646 2819

-2825 710 853 763 768 683 617 594 578 537

-3891 722 829 727 764 637 564 715 481 505

HDCP Total 3041 2873 2940 2747 2923 2825 2890 2813 2872 2720

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Points Points Pins plus Last Wk Lask Wk Team Name Won Lost Handicap Won Lost -1Black Construction Corp. 23445 0 834 24 8 4 Hawaiian Rock Products 1 23321 0 787 23 9 4 Guam Crane Services 22383 2 700 22 10 2 Hawaiian Rock Products 2 23307 1 850 20 12 3 DCK Pacific 22834 0 800 19 13 4 CMS 22334 2 612 16 16 2 CarQuest 21915 4 605 19 0 13 Advance Management inc. 22083 4 620 20 0 12 Cassidy’s Association Insurance 8 21552 4 496 24 0 Adztech & Public Relations 21693 1 3 520 6 26

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Points Points Pins plus Last Wk Lask Wk Team Name Won Lost Handicap Won Lost -1Black Construction Corp. 20 8 20470 4 0 803 Guam Crane Services 20 8 19520 3 1 595 Hawaiian Rock Products 1 19 9 20569 3 1 820 Hawaiian Rock Products 2 17 11 20344 1 3 768 DCK Pacific 15 13 19855 0 4 791 CMS 14 14 19521 3 1 617 CarQuest 13 15 19095 4 0 614 Advance Management inc. 12 16 19248 1 3 628 Cassidy’s Association Insurance 8 20 18906 1 3 598 Adztech & Public Relations 5 23 18874 0 4 490

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In Memoriam

Louise “Lysa�Pocaigue Raras June 3, 1963 - May 1, 2012

A butterfly captures our hearts from the moment they appear. They are vibrant and graceful as their presence lifts our spirits. Gone much too soon, they will never be forgotten. Everyday in some small way Memories of you come our way. Though absent, you are always near Still missed, loved and always dear. Forever in our hearts.




The National Assoication of Women In Construction Guam Chapter #381 presents: Construction Industry Technician (CIT) Exam Prep 22 hours NAWIC Members $225 Non-member $275 (Includes text book & exam) The Construction Industry Technician represents an overview of the construction industry and its processes. Attending this class will help you to prepare to pass the exam given by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Lessons to be covered include such subjects as type of construction, forms of business ownership, contractual arrangements, contract documents and the construction process. This course will assist anyone in the construction industry. Passing an examination at the end of the course establishes mastery of the material and upon successful completion of the program the participant will receive the Construction Industry Technician Certification. This certification acknowledges the accomplishment of attaining a higher professional level in the construction industry. The CIT certificate is awarded by Clemson University. Dates: July 14, July 28, August 4, August 11 Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (3 short breaks) Exam will be scheduled upon completion of the study course. For more information: contact Karen Storts @ 647-5500 Ext 113 Preregister Today! $50 discount for Early Bird Registration. Register and pay by June 25.

Course includes: TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION covers the various segments of the construction industry. CONSTRUCTION TRADE ASSOCIATIONS identifies and reviews the differences between construction trade association, professional societies, and institutes that influence the company. FORMS OF BUSINESS OWNERSHIP describes the different forms of business ownership, and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each type: sole proprietorship, partnerships, and corporations. CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENTS AND CONTRACT AGREEMENTS analyzes the different types of contractual arrangements, as well as the key individuals involved in a construction contract. Further discussion involves the differences between a competitive and negotiated bid, and dissects different types of agreements. CONSTRUCTON CONTRACT DOCUMENTS explains the components of construction contract documents, and differentiates between different types of working drawings. THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS reviews the stages in the construction process, describing the activities involved in each stage of the process. Zoning laws, building codes and construction documents required during planning, construction and close-out will also be discussed. CONSTRUCTION INSURANCE AND BONDING identifies the types of risks involved in construction, and explains the concepts of risk management. Principles and concepts of insurance, bonding and suretyship will be emphasized while identifying the types of business insurance contractors typically obtain. It is recommended that CIT students use the National Association of Women in Construction's Construction Dictionary to aid in the better understanding of the lesson. Dictionary available for $70.


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Diamond by: David F. Macaluso

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eveloping a safe culture within the construction industry will prevent serious injuries and could eventually save lives. And ABC Chapter members that demonstrate a safe working environment are recognized for their excellence in safety by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) safety award program, the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP). There are four levels in which a company can apply for. They are Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. For those companies who have attained Platinum level, they are placed in another set of evaluations to determine if they meet the criteria for the highest honor in STEP Awards program, the STEP DIAMOND AWARD. This year, the Guam Contractors Association celebrates two members who

STEP Bronze STEP Silver STEP Gold STEP Diamond

FEATURESTORY Hensel Phelps grew and expanded outside of Colorado mostly by following repeat clients to different regions of the United States. Asthey expanded geographically, they began to take on larger projects that included distribution centers and factories. It was also decided early on that the best way to attract the most talented construction people is to populate it with invested staff by offering them ownership to the company. Today, Hensel Phelps is 100% employee-owned with primary shareholders in management positions and one of the most recognizable names in the construction industry nationally. When asked about the STEP Award application process, Hensel Phelps’ Safety Manager, Rick Brown says, ‘the applications are turned in to the “Guam Contractors Association” and forwarded to “Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for evaluation”. What does the ABC look for in a company to be considered a Diamond Step Award winner? The company must have a statistically strong safety record in order to qualify for a STEP award. The applicant company is evaluated by levels such as bronze, silver, gold, and

platinum. The ABC selects Platinum STEP Award applicants that they feel may be eligible for the limited number of Diamond Level STEP Awards that are allotted each award year. This is the first time that Hensel Phelps’ Guam Office have achieved the Diamond Level STEP Award. Hensel Phelps is having a great year locally. They were recently named “Contractor of the Year” by the “Guam Contractors Association”. “We are proud to be the current Contractor of the Year and now, a Diamond Level STEP Award recipient. This is further recognition of the culture and philosophy that we have developed not only here on Guam but throughout the company over nearly eight decades. We have a comprehensive safety program throughout the company. Everyone is involved and it's not just the safety people, it’s all the supervisors, the foremen, the superintendents, the craft, the laborers, the staff and even the engineers from the office that go out in the field and do periodic safety audits,” said Brown. According to Brown, Hensel Phelps

went beyond the standard of excellence in safety and have achieved the highest honor, that being the recipients of the STEP Diamond Award. Hensel Phelps Construction and Reliable Builders have accomplished this feat and are the first companies in Guam to achieved this status. This year also marks the highest participation of GCA members in this national safety award and recognition program. Serving Guam since 2009, Hensel Phelps Construction was established seventy-five years ago in Greeley, Colorado. The founder, Mr. Able Hensel Phelps, was a general contractor who built mostly grain silos and residential homes. According to Hensel Phelps’ Project Development Manager, Kyle Spraberry, Mr. Phelps based his company on a gentleman’s agreement - a handshake combined with his company’s performance; this basic philosophy still holds true today. www.guamcontractors.org

Safety Incentive Barbeque. It is part of Hensel Phelps culture to create several safety and health incentive programs. These include safety recognition barbecues and incentive awards that give employees an opportunity to be awarded valuable prizes such as caps, t-shirt and tool sets to reward safety performance. These efforts reinforce awareness and the importance of safety on the project. CONSTRUCTION NEWS BULLETIN

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FEATURESTORY creates a site specific accident prevention plan. For every project we take on, potential hazards are identified and planned for. “Through pre-planning and follow-up, we take an industry that is historically high risk and make it low risk. It’s something we take pride in - being ready and being prepared.” said Brown. “Our statistics reflect the culture of safety that we’ve established and it’s nice to be recognized for that achievement. We are honored to win this Award.” Reliable Builders is Guam’s other winner that is celebrating this year's Diamond Award. Reliable Builders is locally owned and serving Guam for over 36 years. Corporate Safety Director Rully S. Padios feels it’s great being awarded the Diamond Award, it's a big step for the company, but it doesn't mean that they can put their feet up on top of the desk and put their hands behind their heads. “There’s no time to relax and rest on our laurels. We will still need to

continue to excel in our safety and health programs. We also need to continue to make sure we incorporate a safety culture like we are doing now,” said Padios. “To continue with our safe ways and ensure that our program are implemented properly. A company can have a nice beautifully written program, but if its not executed on a job site the program is useless.” Padios reminds everyone that these safety guidelines and regulations are in place because someone in the past either got killed or seriously hurt. He also feels It’s important that the workers take ownership in their project. According to Padios, The success with their safety program is as simple as great team work. It’s all about team work from our deck workers to our management team, all the way up to our President. We get a lot of support from our president and he's 110 % percent dedicated to safety as far as supporting and buying the things the company and workers need. “Our award was done through teamwork. That's because everyone is involved. That's the way I like it,” said Padios. “As the corporate safety director, when I first got to Reliable

Builders, we had a safety meeting once a week, and that’s when we get input from all the employees. I noticed that certain people were not getting involved, only the people who were responsible for making decisions got involved and attended the meetings. So I made it known that everyone’s opinion matters when it comes to safety. That's why I want everybody to get involved, I want everyone to be apart of the decision making from the bottom to the top.” Padios feels the best questions and answers come from the workers because they are in the field at the site and see it first hand on what's going on in the workplace. He believes communication throughout the company is the key to a safe work environment. “I just want make this clear, this safety award is not about Reliable Builders owner or about myself being the safety director,” said Padios. “It’s truly about all the great employees at this fine company. This award belongs to each and everyone who works here at Reliable Builders. Although I put this safety program together, it’s useless unless it is not being executed and the workers are safe. Once every one from Reliable Builders finds out that we won, they will be very happy and thankful that GCA and ABC recognized them for our safety record.” The Construction Industry can be a dangerous profession, and the award of two coveted Diamond Level STEP awards to our small market is a reflection of the dedication to Safety, not only by the contractors and the employees that work with them but the Guam Contractors Association as a whole. These prestigious awards reinforce the fact that through Pre-Planning and Training committed contractors can truly take an historically High Risk Industry and make it Low Risk.

Reliable Builders: Rully Padios, Corporate Safety Director; Rene Pedernal, Senior Project Engineer; Marivic Tapel, Office Manager; Reynaldo Brigino, Asst. General Manager

Awards are great but the real winners are the employees who contribute to the culture of Safety and go home to their families at the end of each day safe and sound. Congratulations to Hensel Phelps and Reliable Builders!

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GCA Luncheon

May 16th, 2012 The Westin Resort Guam

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Security Title

June 13th, 2012 Grand Opening of new building



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Relay for Life

May 25-26, 2012 George Washington High School Track



Building for a CURE

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Guam’s Work Horses This month’s topic:

Different Types of Cranes on Guam

by: Dave Barnhouse

A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes over-looked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike. Though the anticipated military buildup has yet to arrive, there is almost every conceivable type of crane here on Guam, and always has. The only type of crane we may never see here is the locomotive crane, because of course we have no railroads. Let’s look into the different types that are working on Guam presently. To start, let’s list the types of cranes we can find on Guam. 1) Crawler lattice boom, 2) Truck lattice boom, 3) All Terrain, 4) Rough Terrain, 5) Truck hydraulic boom, 6) Boom truck w/hydraulic boom, 7) Boom truck w/articulating boom, 8) Tower cranes, 9) Gantry cranes, 10) Floating cranes, and one harbor crane. Rubber tired mobile cranes may be a 2 ton hydraulic boom truck up to a GMK 5275, 275 ton All Terrain, owned by Smithbridge Guam, pictured here. GMK is result of Grove, Manitowoc, and Krupp, three very respectful crane manufacturers. The first model number, (5) is the number of axles, and 275 is the rated capacity in tons. With Maxim Crane Works now gone there are now only seven All Terrain cranes on island. Boom trucks are simply an independent crane unit mounted on a commercial truck frame. The largest on island presently being a 38 ton Altec AC38-127, 38 ton capacity with 127 foot of boom. There are approximately 75 boom trucks on island in working condition, a third of these being articulating booms and the rest being hydraulic telescopic booms. Boom truck cranes are not to be confused with truck cranes. A truck crane is built on a specialized carrier, usually many times heavier than a commercial truck and also may have either a telescopic hydraulic boom or a lattice boom. Lattice booms are suspended by pendant lines, are lighter and more often used on long term projects where long boom reach is necessary. The disadvantage of lattice booms are they must be disassembled for transit and reassembled at the job site. Hydraulic booms are simpler to mobilize but usually do not have the reach a lattice boom crane

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of comparable size does. There are close to 25 truck cranes on Guam. This type of crane is gradually being phased out by the All Terrains. Another type of crane that usually is equipped with a lattice boom is the crawler crane, though there is one small Komatsu crawler on island with a hydraulic boom. There are about 20 crawlers on island presently with all but a few working every day. The largest being a 240 ton 4600 Series III owned by International Bridge Corp. These old cranes are real horses and can easily make a full capacity lift, something that is near impossible with a new crane.

275 Ton All Terrain

The popular Rough Terrain crane is easily recognized by its axle configuration. These cranes have four wheels only and are the best choice of hydraulic cranes when a load requires carrying. They also have 4-wheel steering and drive and equipped with large tires making them ideal for rough terrain. There are approximately 30 rough terrain cranes on Guam working today. The most obvious cranes to the casual observer are the tower cranes. There are presently seven tower cranes working on Guam, three of them idle at the Verace Emerald Oceanview Condominium site. Two at the Outrigger Bayview in Tumon, and two at the Naval Hospital site. Other types of cranes are: Floating cranes, which Guam Ship Yard has two of, and the all-important container gantry crane which of course can be found at the Commercial Port. There are presently five working gantry cranes. The 104 ton Liebherr harbor mobile crane may also be found at the Commercial Port.


40 Ton Rough Terrain

240 Ton Crawler


CRANECRITIQUECORNER Answers to last month’s test quiz: When is a boom length indicator not required on a telescopic boom? Boom length indicators are used by the operator in conjunction with the boom angle indicator to determine radius and capacity of the crane at these given parameters. There is one exception where the boom length is not required to determine the capacity, so the crane is not required to have a boom length indicator. The Kanglim Boom Truck is one example. The capacity is determined by the sections scoped out, not the specific length. The boom angle and sections scoped out are

indicated on the chart that doubles as the boom angle indicator. See example chart, this is probably the simplest load chart to read. Lifting with the boom fully retracted the BOOM IN USE bar indicated by (1), the capacity would be whatever is aligned with the boom angle indicator. Example: If the boom is raised to 40°, the capacity would be 4.7 ton. As the boom is extended, the corresponding bar with the number of sections extended is used to determine the capacity.

This month’s test quiz addresses: Spreader Bars. What are the requirements of OSHA or ASME crane standards pertaining to a fabricated spreader bar before it can be used for lifting?

We will discuss the answers to this question in next month’s edition of GCA Construction News Bulletin, please be sure not to miss it.

15 Ton Hydraulic Boom Truck

40 Ton Gantry Crane and 104 Ton Harbor Crane

I will attempt to test your knowledge of crane operations each month in this column with a few questions relating to one of the mentioned topics. These questions will address the weak areas more frequently noted during my classroom operator training and/or the more common discrepancies noted during crane inspections. If your company or subs utilizes cranes whether as owner or renter I invite you to look for this column each month and test your crane knowledge. Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to certs@ite.net and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests.

6.5 Ton Articulating Boom

70 Ton Hydraulic Truck


22 Ton Tower Crane

150 Ton Lattice Boom Truck Crane

Dave Barnhouse resides in Yigo and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections, of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO certified crane operator, Level II Rigger, and NCCCO practical examiner for all types of mobile crane operators, riggers, signal persons, and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.


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JUNE 2012

Associate: Minerva Traders P.O.Box 9085 Tamuning, GU 96931 GCA Contact: Rekha Hemlani Email: motihemlani@gmail.com Ph: 671-646-2391Fax: 671-649-2447 Description: House/Apartment Rental

Associate: Ambros, Inc. P.O.Box A Hagatna, Guam 96932 GCA Contact: Jojo Camacho Email: jcamacho@ambrosguam.com Ph: 671-477-1826 Fax: 671-472-1826 Description: Wholesaler

Pacific Island Security Agency P.O.Box 21412 GMF, Barrigada, GU 96921 GCA Contact: Baby S. Kallingal Email: pisa@ite.net Ph: 671-637-8084Fax: 671-637-8804 Description: Security Guard Services

Frank C. Roberto P.O.Box 20922 GMF, Barrigada, GU 96921 GCA Contact: Frank Roberto Email: frank_roberto96@hotmail Ph: 671-688-2473 Description: Management Consultant

Contractor: J2C Corporation P.O.Box 23365 GMF, Barrigada, GU 96921 GCA Contact:Norie Tiru; Oper. Manager Email: norie@j2ccorporation.com Ph: 671-989-0874 Fax: 671-989-0875 Description: AC Sales & Service

Harish Development Coporation P.O.Box 24825 GMF, Guam 96921 GCA Contact: Harry Sharma Email: sharma@teleguam.net Ph: 671-472-4529 Description: Rental Real Property

MCC-CETC Guam, LLC P.O.Box 9427 Tamuning, Guam 96931 GCA Contact: Zhang Xiaoping, President; Ron Ravela; Guam Rep Email: mccsushun@126.com Ph: 671-888-8970 Fax: 800-637-0496 Description: General Contractor


Radhi’s “One Stop Fabric Shop” P.O.Box 2969 Hagatna, GU 96932 GCA Contact: Radhi Hemlani Email: radhisfabricstore@yahoo.com Ph: 671-472-8460 Fax: 671-477-5049 Description: Department Store