AMCS technologies DCS 60 anti collision and zoning system equips twenty tower cranes participating in the Las Island project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Among the twenty machines, there are sixteen Potain MCT205, two MC175 and two Raimondi MRT294.
The DCS 60 operates in real time and in 3-dimensions to calculate the distances between each crane component as well as movement speed. It enables action to be taken on equipped mechanism to ensure complete immobilization of the crane at a pre-set distance from a particular obstacle.
Developed in two phases, the project comprises the Yas Arena, a new place of 18 000 seats dedicated to concerts and sport events as well as more than 50 cafés and restaurants, 20 shops, a cinema, a beach club, and two hotels. The project also includes the Water’s Edge, a large residential project.
Construction work started in December 2017, and one part of the project should be expected at the end of 2019.
The anti-collision and zoning solutions provider AMCS technologies was chosen to ensure the safety of tower cranes at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in UK. 20 of the 55 tower cranes expected on the site have already been installed and equipped with the devices designed by AMCS technologies.
Among all these machines, the Favelle Favco hydraulic luffing tower crane with a capacity of 220 tons, one of the cranes with the highest lifting capacity in the world, was also equipped with the DCS 61-S. This crane is distinguished by its two arrows, a 70m and a 30m jib, each equipped with a hoist winch and a hook capable of working simultaneously or separately.
The installation of the DCS 61-S, that ensures the management of prohibited overfly zones as well as anti-collision with interfering cranes, jib by jib, and cable by cable or together, has been an unpriced ended challenge for AMCS technologies’ R&D teams.,Indeed it was necessary to guarantee the safety of the construction site and therefore the management of the two hoist winches on the same crane with two jibs.The DCS 61-S system, thanks to its adaptability and ability to manage the collision avoidance and zoning by successively integrating new machines into its network, proved to be perfectly suited for this task.
AMCS technologies will present for the first time its DCS 61-S (Driving Control System Safety), the new anti-collision and zoning system. It is a complete safety system developed with a higher level of requirement to ensure the safe execution of orders to manage the cranes in interference. This device will offer other new features, in addition to three essential functions, to be discovered on their stand.
The company will also preview a telematics system called loT Lifting. By equipping the DCS 61-S anti-collision system with a SIM card, it will be possible to collect on a web portal the important data of each crane (when the crane is powered, in motion, by weathervane, etc.) in order to generate personalised statistics for each job site. The main objective of loT Lifting is to be able to precisely and remotely monitor the activity and productivity of the construction site.
At last, AMCS technologies will unveil the SUP BIM, the construction site supervisor in BIM.
AMCS Technologies, specialised in safety products for lifting machines, and the company Acreos which designs and manufacturers simulators for machine training decided to combine their technical expertise in a partnership. Thus, Acreos is in charge of the development of a crane simulator for AMCS, the SIM 61. This device will create a fully configurable virtual 3D site. Once the environment is created, it is installed on a computer connected via wired connection to the AMCS anti-collision devices DCS 60 or DCS 61-S and will simulate the different sensors fixed on a real crane. The data collected by these sensors are simulated by the SIM 61 which sends the information like a real crane to the system. From the R&D offices of AMCS technologies, the systems react in the same way as on a real job site and the simulation of anti-collision between cranes in interference can be tested.
Acreos uses the know-how of AMCS technologies to improve the training of apprentice crane operators in real conditions. The simulator will use the DCS 61-S systems installed on the cranes to collect data in real time thank to its data logger function, the position data of the machine during the exercises. The trainer can then analyze them and debrief with the student on his performances.
AMCS technologies installed its DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system on a new model of Comansa crane, the 21LC1050 with a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes. The tower crane is currently working at Högdalens värmeverk, an existing Combined Heat and Power plant located south of Stockholm and it will help to replace one of the boiler of the plant for newer technology. In addition to mobile cranes, a Liebherr 280 EC-H crane with 35m of jib and 56m hook height will assist the Comansa crane with 65m of jib and 73.3 m hook height.
The DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system designed by AMCS Technologies was chosen to equip 11 Liebherr and Potain flat-top cranes on the site of the new Vinci headquarters in Nanterre (France). The DCS 60 manages the interferences between the many cranes and acts on their mechanisms to slow them down an to ensure their complete immobilization when there is a risk of collision between two cranes. The SUP 61 supervision tool has also been installed in the offices to monitor the site’s activity in real time. Connected via radio link to the network of the DCS 60 systems, the SUP 61 can display on a single screen the different movements and information of all cranes. It can intervene remotely on the neutralization function of the system selectively but also gives the possibility to activate / deactivate prohibited zones according to hazards and movements on the site.