Topics include an economic forecast and outline of the current economic picture for the construction industry worldwide. Next the two-day conference will focus on key issues facing the world’s crane and heavy transport industry from regional end user perspectives and also the view from manufacturers.
Speakers include Ron Montgomery, SC&RA president and president at International Rigging & Heavy Haul, and Tim Ford, Terex Cranes president. David Collett, ESTA president and Collett Transport managing director, will present a European perspective on harmonising standards and creating a single market.
A highlight on the topic of safety will be the presentation Driving safety to new levels – a client’s view, by Leon Schopping, senior construction engineer and PTE lifting & hoisting at Shell International Exploration & Production in the Netherlands.
It is an unfortunate fact that accidents continue to happen but great progress is being made with the increasing acceptance of the idea that, rather than trying to suppress any mention, it is better to talk about incidents in a bid to learn lessons and help prevent accidents in future. On the transport side, Marco van Daal, The Works International owner, will talk about common causes and prevention of accidents. Klaus Meissner, FEM section president, and Søren Jansen, ESTA director, will discuss the root causes of mobile crane accidents and how to reduce them.
Also on the agenda are project reports celebrating some spectacular operation of lifting and transport equipment around the world. Burkhalter’s award winning work on the Galveston Causeway Railroad Bridge, Texas, USA
The World Crane and Transport Summit is a business information and networking event for leaders in the world crane and specialized transport industries, their suppliers and manufacturers. Following on from the success of the 2011 WCTS this year’s event will be held again in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 29 and 30 October. The last summit attracted more than 275 crane and transport professionals from around the world and included participation from top crane and transport associations SC&RA, ESTA and CICA, together with many of their members.
Once again the WCTS is supported and sponsored by leading crane and specialized transport equipment manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and services. For more information see www.khl.com/wcts
Author; Alex Dahm