Well awesome news, we have broken through the 10,000 twitter followers this week which is awesome considering it seems like only yesterday when we had just 20 people following the Crane & Rigging twitter feed. If you want to be part of the action just follow us at https://twitter.com/cranecrews
To celebrate I am thinking we will have a competition, winner gets a C&R jumper or shirt, I'm all out of ideas so shoot through your thoughts.
I am currently reading Handbook of Rigging published by McGraw Hill. Its a great read if you are into the technical details, im reading all about rope, the different lays etc. Also there is a section on structural beams, both wood and steel. Goes into bending moments, calculating force required to move an object and a fair bit of algebra, reminded me of the old TAFE days when I was doing my building diploma.
The book covers all aspects of rigging and goes into great detail; from man + material hoists, lifts with helicopters including signals, all the different cranes and scaffold from the standard to complex cantilevered scaffold.
The only downside is that it is American so measurements are pounds and inches, as well as US government regulations and US steel grades. However its interesting to get an understanding of rigging from an American perspective. From memory the book was about $100, but I bought it some ago. Upon looking at Amazon the book is now $150, so its somewhat of a collectors item I suppose.
Overall, a great addition to the book collection.
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