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Comprehensive and Highly Accurate Measurements of Crane Runways, Profiles and Fastenings

Geodetic Institute, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Nienburger Str. 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Dr. Hesse und Partner Ingenieure, Veritaskai 6, 21079 Hamburg, Germany
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Academic Editors: Thierry Bosch, Aleksandar D. Rakić and Santiago Royo
Sensors 2017, 17(5), 1118;
Received: 7 March 2017 / Revised: 4 May 2017 / Accepted: 6 May 2017 / Published: 13 May 2017
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The process of surveying crane runways has been continually refined due to the competitive situation, modern surveying instruments, additional sensors, accessories and evaluation procedures. Guidelines, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12488-1, define target values that must be determined by survey. For a crane runway these are for example the span, the position and height of the rails. The process has to be objective and reproducible. However, common processes of surveying crane runways do not meet these requirements sufficiently. The evaluation of the protocols, ideally by an expert, requires many years of experience. Additionally, the recording of crucial parameters, e.g., the wear of the rail, or the condition of the rail fastening and rail joints, is not regulated and for that reason are often not considered during the measurement. To solve this deficit the Advanced Rail Track Inspection System (ARTIS) was developed. ARTIS is used to measure the 3D position of crane rails, the cross-section of the crane rails, joints and, for the first time, the (crane-rail) fastenings. The system consists of a monitoring vehicle and an external tracking sensor. It makes kinematic observations with the tracking sensor from outside the rail run, e.g., the floor of an overhead crane runway, possible. In this paper we present stages of the development process of ARTIS, new target values, calibration of sensors and results of a test measurement. View Full-Text
Keywords: crane runway survey; multi sensor system; cameras; profile laser scanner; calibration crane runway survey; multi sensor system; cameras; profile laser scanner; calibration

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Dennig, D.; Bureick, J.; Link, J.; Diener, D.; Hesse, C.; Neumann, I. Comprehensive and Highly Accurate Measurements of Crane Runways, Profiles and Fastenings. Sensors 2017, 17, 1118.

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