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I had been reading this book on and off for a while because I was doing some copywriting work on cranes, and I needed to understand the subject well. I haven't finished it, but I have got all I can from it for now, so it's time for a review. Written by two engineers who also happen to be brothers, this is the definitive modern book on crane technology, and goes into the kind of excruciating detail you would expect from good engineers.

Its authors are passionate about their subject, and their kno I had been reading this book on and off for a while because I was doing some copywriting work on cranes, and I needed to understand the subject well.

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Its authors are passionate about their subject, and their knowledge is broad and deep. Unfortunately, it is also written in the style you would expect of engineers - it's very cold and clinical, with plenty of long, convoluted sentences, and has no dynamism or energy to inspire the reader. After an excellent first chapter, in which they define everything down to the word "crane", they become much more technical, and it is sometimes quite a challenge for those not trained in engineering to understand all the mathematics necessary to explain the forces at work in the crane mechanisms.


They occasionally try to insert jokes which always fall flat because of the context that is mostly very serious, dealing as it does with the safety of the equipment and the personnel using it. In addition, I only found this book somewhat useful for the basic crane concepts - it did give me a good grounding in terminology - but it was missing any detail about the kinds of cranes I really needed to know about: overhead travelling cranes and gantry cranes are allocated only half a page of text out of a page book.

Given the variation in size, shape and purpose of such cranes, and the very different forces at work on them as a result, I would have thought they warranted at least a full chapter. Something for the next edition, perhaps? Magdi badran rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Gasinpoj Namsittiroht rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Alloy added it Aug 04, Wanda Poole marked it as to-read Mar 29, BookDB marked it as to-read Oct 09, Ryan marked it as to-read Feb 14, Mueed Ibushe marked it as to-read Sep 14, Ade marked it as to-read Jan 27, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Outrigger Working Group has addressed the pressing need for design guidelines for outrigger systems with this Send us a message Ask our staff anything about our shop or products, or leave your feedback.

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Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Cranes and Derricks , Fourth Edition, covers: Lifting equipment theory and fundamentals Crane and derrick types and configurations Mobile crane practices for both crawler and wheel-based cranes Multiple crane picks Installation design for tower cranes Jumping of tower cranes Chicago boom, guy, gin pole, stiffleg, and other forms of derricks Loads acting on cranes and the forces imposed by cranes on their supports Analysis of wind using ASCE and ASCE-7 Stability against overturning Safety and risk management.