Using Building Information Modelling to Facilitate Decision Making for a Mobile Crane Lifting Plan

  • Ernest L. S. Abbott
  • Le Peng
  • David K. H. Chua
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


The mobile crane is probably the ubiquitous piece of equipment seen on a construction site. It is essential that the right mobile crane be chosen for the job. An inappropriate choice of crane can easily become the source of a serious accident. The current practice of crane choice for a particular lifting job relies on an engineer’s experience in the planning of the crane’s lifting operation. The work-cum-calculations involved tend to be a tedious manual and potentially error-prone process. This paper utilizes recent developments in Building Information Modelling (BIM) to address this problem. The paper presents a comprehensive framework to model a mobile crane’s safe lifting requirements using a 3D BIM model. Given the crane’s lifting requirements, this paper proposes a decision support system for the safe planning of the mobile crane’s operations. The outcome of this research provides engineers and construction managers who are involved in construction site planning a means to improve construction site safety.


Mobile crane lifting Building information modelling Code compliance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest L. S. Abbott
    • 1
  • Le Peng
    • 1
  • David K. H. Chua
    • 1
  1. 1.Civil & Environmental EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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