Crane and rigging trainers from both corporate and professional organizations met in San Diego, Calif., for the Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals (ACRP) 2007 General Assembly.
About 80 attendees seeking technical information found what they were looking for in presentations on topics such as Evaluating Wind and Ground Conditions by Lawrence Shapiro of Howard I. Shapiro & Associates; Lifting Construction Equipment by James Cahill of J.F. White Contracting Co., and Polar Plotting • Tools and Methods for Lift Planning and Accident Reconstruction by Brad Closson of CRAFT Forensic Services.
Participants in any of the seven sessions could earn up to 1.5 CEU credits. ACRP is an authorized provider of CEUs by The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To ensure quality in continuing education and training programs, IACET established the Authorized Providers Program for providers who adhere to specific criteria and have their programs audited by the Authorized Providers Commission. Often IACET CEUs can be converted into college credits.
The meeting also included a demonstration of a Potain MA 13 self-erecting tower crane and a field trip to a local job site where local contractor JLH Construction was employing an Igo 50 self-erector on the construction of a four story condominium. The cranes were supplied by Coast Crane Company's San Diego branch.
Next year's assembly, focusing on the theme of Inspection and Testing Technology, will be held May 13-16, 2008, in Charleston, S.C.