Tracking lifting and construction site activity in real time with AMCS technologies

Tracking lifting and construction site activity in real time with AMCS technologies
Published: 29 December 2019 - 9 p.m.
By: Dennis Daniel

A and Z technologies, the exclusive dealer of AMCS technologies in the Middle East, is offering the SUP BIM, a construction site supervisor which allows real-time and three-dimensional monitoring of projects throughout the construction cycle, from any location. The supervisor records information about all cranes equipped with the DCS 61-S or DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning systems, including slewing, travelling, lifting, load, events related to anti-collision, and wind speed information, and allows to visualize the information on a single screen.

The SUP BIM also integrates digital models of buildings under construction in the building information modelling (BIM) format, which also enables to manage different safety risks on a construction site.

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The SUP BIM construction site supervisor.

Abdelrahman Saafin, area sales manager, A and Z technologies, explains: “SUP BIM is a new product developed for integration with BIM systems of construction companies. The sensors installed for anti-collision and safety can also provide data on the progress of the project, which simplifies project tracking and management for contractors and owners. The system is compatible with all lifting systems including mobile cranes.”

“The SUP BIM supervisor facilitates better decision making about crane operations and improves productivity and safety on sites as operators and managers will be able to visualize the position, movement and status of cranes in real time,” he adds.
For companies that don’t use BIM systems, A and Z technologies offers an alternative solution, the 3D supervisor software, which provides real-time machine status without context or information about their environment.

“The 3D supervisor monitors the lifting equipment on a site, similar to the SUP BIM, but it does not allow real-time tracking of the progress of the site activity. The SUP BIM combines machine and site data to provide crucial data such as the loads handled by every lifting equipment. This enables site managers to calculate the loads lifted daily, weekly or monthly in relation to the lifting capacities of the equipment. For example, if two tower cranes with similar lifting capacities operate on a site with one crane handling 100 tonnes per day and the other handling 50 tonnes per day, the project manager can assign a higher load to the second crane if required to meet deadlines,” says Saafin.

Saafin expects demand for the SUP BIM to increase with new regulations that will make anti-collision systems mandatory, particularly in Europe. While both the DCS 61-S and DCS 60 are compatible with SUP BIM, and AMCS technologies will continue to produce both systems, the DCS 61-S has more safety features as it was developed to comply with future European safety and operating standards.

“The DCS 60 is popular in the Middle East, but we’ve been receiving inquiries, mostly from European crane suppliers, to integrate the DCS 61-S in the region. Although the investment in the DCS 61-S is higher, the safety benefit outweighs the cost for sites where safety is the top priority,” says Saafin.

In 2020, AMCS technologies will also offer its telematics system, IoT Lifting, which centralizes all the information transmitted by the DCS 61-S anti-collision systems for each crane to a web portal and generates customized statistics for each job site and company. The system enables customers to obtain daily feedback on the productivity of their construction sites and cranes equipped with DCS 61-S systems.

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