Sims Crane Lift Planner Wins Crane Industry Award

Aug. 7, 2013

Adrian Lacey, a lift planner at Tampa, Fla.-based Sims Crane & Equipment, was named the first-place winner in American Crane and Transport magazine’s Lift Plan of the Year competition.

“In today’s complicated construction environment, computer-based planning for heavy lifts is playing an ever more vital role in safe, successful and cost-effective operations,” said Dean Sims II, vice president at Sims Crane & Equipment Co. “Having our top lift planner win an industry-wide completion by developing an extremely complex lift plan that worked successfully is not only an honor for Adrian, but a testament to the focus we have on applying technology to provide the safest and most reliable services for our clients.”

Lacey, a 20-year veteran certified crane operator, used A1A’s 3-D Lift Plan software in his project called Concert Setup, which involved setting the stage at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to kick off the Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jake Owen.

The actual lift consisted of more than 200 workers using several large cranes and support equipment during the two-day operation. Lacey’s plan was judged as the best of eight plans submitted in voting by more than 2,000 crane industry professionals.

Sims Crane & Equipment utilized A1A’s 3-D Lift Plan software, which provides construction managers, government inspectors, lift planners and insurance companies with a three-dimensional, comprehensive view of all aspects of a heavy lift before it is initiated. The software also allows lift planners to specify just the right equipment and support materials for very complex lifts, saving time, personnel, equipment and money, while ensuring jobsite safety. 

Sims Crane & Equipment Co. is No. 45 on the RER 100.