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Telescopic Hydraulic Gantry Systems, written by David Duerr, P.E., is the first comprehensive handbook that addresses lifting with hydraulic gantries. Based on decades of experience using gantry systems in a wide variety of industrial and construction environments, this book provides an in-depth discussion of the engineering principles that underlie the performance of hydraulic gantry systems, lift planning, engineering, applicable codes and standards, and risk management.

The book is available from the Industrial Training International Bookstore as well as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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David Duerr, P.E. has been planning and performing heavy lifts with hydraulic gantry systems since 1977 and has been involved in the design of gantries since 1987. As a result of this extensive body of experience, Mr. Duerr has served on both SC&RA Task Forces (1994-1996 and 2004) that wrote the Recommended Practices guides and currently serves on the ASME B30.1 Subcommittee. Mr. Duerr also provided input to the organizations that developed standards for the use of hydraulic gantries in Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, Mr. Duerr lectures regularly on gantry lift planning and engineering at construction industry conferences around the United States.

Six guides and standards that address heavy lifting with hydraulic gantry systems have been published over the years. Two have since been superseded by updated publications and the other four remain current.

SC&RA Recommended Practices for Hydraulic Jacking Systems was the first formal industry guide in this field. It was published in 1996, but is no longer available, having been replaced by the following update.

SC&RA Recommended Practices for Telescopic Hydraulic Gantry Systems, published in 2004, is the update to the 1996 guide. A training video is also available to complement the book.

ASME B30.1-2015 Jacks, Industrial Rollers, Air Casters, and Hydraulic Gantries

British Standards Institution (BSI) BS 7121-13:2009 Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes: Hydraulic Gantry Lifting Systems

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association's Specialized Rigging - Safety Guidelines for Construction is no longer available. This document has been replaced by the following publication.

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association's Construction Health and Safety Manual is an extensive (almost 500 pages) book that covers a wide range of topics. Chapter 25 is titled "Specialized Rigging (M033)" and the first section of this chapter covers hydraulic gantry systems. This publication is available as a free download by following the link.


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