Port Everglades is one of South Florida’s foremost economic centers and is one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. It is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and one of the busiest container ports in the country. It also is South Florida’s main seaport for importing petroleum products such as gasoline and jet fuel.
Port Everglades’ nine cranes require constant maintenance to keep up with the demand for handling containerized cargo.
Crane SP-7 required a full rail replacement to adhere to required specifications. Erdman Anthony provided as-built locations of the existing rail on the crane prior to the rail's replacement.
Erdman Anthony scanned the crane and the 350-foot-long rail at 150 feet above the ground, without safety concerns due to utilizing a scanner. Seventeen scans were performed to detail every part of the rail – and thus the accompanying crane – fully. The rail was then modeled and compared to a baseline that was created between the two rails. Distances where the rail meandered horizontally from its projected center were measured, along with any vertical rolls for the top of rail.
A Level of Accuracy (LOA) of 30 (moderate), as per the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) specifications, was required for this project.