2019 Crane & Rigging Workshop

Friday, September 20
8:30 AM  -  10:30 AM     

Breakout Session: Tech Trends in Crane & Rigging

The impact of technology on your personal life is obvious. But are you leveraging the latest technology to make your company more efficient and safer? Learn from a panel of experts about the benefits and limitations of emerging technology and how it will affect the industry.

Panelists: Ted Blanton, Founder and Consultant, North American Crane Bureau (NACB)
David Thornton, Senior Technical Product Manager, Fleet Cost & Care
Tawnia Weiss, President, AIA Software

Ted Blanton Bio

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Ted Blanton is the Founder of NACB Group, Inc. He has over 45+ years of experience in the areas of operator, maintenance, and heavy equipment and management training. Blanton currently sits on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Board of Safety Codes & Standards and is the current Chairman of the Main B30 Committee. He is active on several B30 Sub-committees and is also a member of the ISO US Tag TC96 committee. His areas of expertise include: Crane operator qualifications/certifications; rigger and rigging qualifications/certifications; rigging procedures and standards; inspection procedures; incident/accident investigation; crane and hoist inspection; and crane and lifting safety and skills training.

David Thornton Bio


David Thornton is a Technical Product Manager for Fleet Cost & Care. David has several years of leadership experience in operations and project management. He specializes in secure software development, lean process improvement, and analytics. His background in operations and software development will help bridge the gap between developers and customers and ensure constant improvement in FCC’s solutions.

Tawnia Weiss Bio

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Tawnia Weiss is President of A1A Software LLC, Fernandina Beach, Fla., which creates software and interfaces for the heavy construction industry. The company got its start by developing the well-known lift planning program called 3D Lift Plan, and it now offers other business management tools specific to the needs of crane and construction equipment owners. For more information visit 3DLiftPlan.com and iCraneTrax.com.

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