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CRAC and Alberta amend all-terrain cranes pilot project


February 9, 2022
By Crane & Hoist Canada staff
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The Crane Rental Association of Canada (CRAC) and Alberta Transportation are amending the Alberta AT Cranes Pilot Project to include dollies.

Following a thorough analysis of the data collected between September 2020 and September 2021, the results demonstrated the most active all-terrain cranes are in the Peace Region and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in northern Alberta.

The analysis also demonstrated a small number of all-terrain cranes can operate without dollies, even at the increased weights. To properly measure the impact of all-terrain cranes in Alberta, the pilot project is being amended to include the use of dollies, beginning this spring.

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“We expect this amendment to the pilot project will demonstrate that all-terrain cranes are engineered to protect pavement integrity and travel safely on Canadian highways”. says Mark Danderfer, co-chair of the Boom Dolly Research Committee (BDRC).

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“This important amendment would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Ministry of Transportation and the extraordinary input and dedication of my co-chair, Justin Andrews, regional business manager for Western USA and Canada for Tadano America.”

The BDRC has a three-prong approach, including:

  • Advocate for changes to provincial regulations
  • Develop best practices
  • Research technical solutions.

The pilot program between CRAC and Alberta Transportation began in late 2020.

The CRAC’s members are crane rental companies, manufacturers and suppliers of cranes and equipment, as well as supplier of services used in the specialty crane rental business in Canada.