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Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering

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J. Keith Anderson

Chief Rigging Engineer, Bechtel Corporation

Louisville, Kentucky, USA | Citizenship: United Kingdom | LinkedIn Profile

  • Program Manager, ITI Rigging Engineering Training Program
  • Author, Rigging Engineering Basics
  • Member, ASME P30 (Lift Planning Standard)
  • Member, Bechtel Distinguished Engineers & Scientists Program

Mr. Anderson's long history, diverse experience, and humility provide him a strong foundation as the Program Manager of the ITI Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Program. Providing instruction in nearly every course, Mr. Anderson's book, Rigging Engineering Basics, also provides the key text for the Program. In addition to his experience henceforth described, Mr. Anderson was recently recognized in the Bechtel Distinguished Engineers & Scientists Program which "...recognizes employees who have made particularly significant technical contributions to Bechtel’s success and reputation. They promote technical excellence throughout the company and take a leadership role in coaching and mentoring other specialists." With only 51 active Bechtel employees in this prestigious group, out of 50,000+ employees, Mr. Anderson has certainly made his mark on one of the world's finest construction companies.

Mr. Anderson was born in Newcastle, UK and graduated in 1975 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Lanchester Polytechnic Coventry. After a period designing high pressure hydraulic braking system components, in 1979 he joined the world of heavy lifting as an engineer at Kramo Montage, engineering and overseeing specialty lifting and skidding applications using hydraulic gripper type climbing jacks.

Over the next 17 years, many complex, heavy and ground breaking lifts were conducted, new greater capacity lift systems were developed and Keith rose to Chief Engineer. From 1991 to 1996, Keith was Chief Engineer for Van Seumeren UK (now Mammoet UK), responsible for engineering and proposal preparation for heavy lift and specialist transport operations. After a two-year spell managing Sarens heavy road haulage company in the UK, in 1998, Keith rejoined Van Seumeren working as Contracts Manager in Utrecht, Netherlands.

In 2000, he joined Bechtel as Senior Rigging Engineer based in London, transitioning to the US in 2001 as Rigging Manager/Chief Rigging Engineer for Bechtel Equipment Operations, the position he currently holds. Keith currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Anderson Provides Instruction in the Following Courses:

  • RE-110 Engineering Principles for Rigging & Load Handling
  • RE-120 Crane & Derrick Engineering, Installation & Planning
  • RE-130 Rigging & Load Handling Equipment Engineering & Applications
  • RE-140 Alternative Load Handling Equipment Engineering & Applications
  • RE-150 Lift Planning Procedure Considerations & Execution
  • RE-160 Standards & Regulations for Load Handling Equipment
  • RE-180 Project Execution for Lift Planners & Rigging Engineers