Tag Archive: engineering

What’s the value of a specialist?

Aug 21 2015

Today in Dutch newspapers, Jan Pesie, the CEO and owner of the construction company who was responsible for the failed operation where two land cranes positioned on barges were supposed to install a bridge, acknowledge their mistakes and failure. In this project, a 187mt heavy bridge section was lifted by two hydraulic cranes, each positioned on a separate barge. During the operation, one of the cranes tipped over and dragged the whole combination down, falling on several houses. Jan Pesie...

Do you have the courage to learn?

Jun 26 2015

From time to time I’m reading interesting articles on LinkedIn or in news magazines related to our inspiring niche market of Heavy Lift & Project Cargo. As in most other markets the majority of the articles that I read are about how great it is to work on successful projects and how awesome people and companies are with offering their services and products. Very very often you’ll read an article about something that went wrong and if you’ll find one...

Friction included or excluded in calculations?

Oct 02 2014

Friction is a magic word in transport engineering. For some companies it means saving money on lashing & securing. For another companies it means to create additional safety for the cargo. When is friction used? How is it used? We all know what the coefficient of friction will be when using steel on timber, or steel on steel etc. Some rubber mats manufacturers state they have mats which could create a coefficient of 0,8g. Amazing…No more lashing and securing for shear...

Safety Factor

Sep 09 2014

Using safety factors is getting out of hand. Companies use it to increase their safety in load-outs, or is it because they are not sure of themselves? When cargo is loaded onto a vessel according IMO Annex 13, acceleration factors will be taken from a table or calculated by using formulas. The achieved acceleration is always very high. This is done to have a single guideline for all sort of vessels. However, if you engineer the acceleration forces they are...

The Expert

Apr 29 2014

When looking at the comedy sketch of The Expert, I learned that many companies have the same issue; people talk about so many things like they know it all. However, when a decision needs to be made, they all look at the expert. But when he gives his comments, they look at him as if he’s from a different planet. When a project would be discussed by only experts instead of managers, the merely part of the problems would be solved...

Engineering for free or free engineering?

Apr 01 2014

When a cargo owner wants to ship a cargo, directly or via a broker, they create a wish list, mostly a mile long. Stowage plans, lifting plans, lashing & securing plans, method statement, FE analyses, motion analyses, etc. like ticking of a list. The shipping line did not get the order, but in the process they find out that the same job is offered to a competitive company. Not just one company, but sometimes to 8 or 9 different ones....