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December 27, 2019by elite0

Running a business is difficult, even more difficult is the scaling of that business when success comes to you. Many businesses fail but for those that do succeed, new problems crop up! While no one will feel sorry for you for having “good” problems, that doesn’t provide solutions. Thankfully, we deal in solutions, and one of those solutions that we provide relief for is warehousing, storage, and hauling!

What is Logistics and Why is it a Headache?

Logistics is a complex and inescapable part of running an operation. It’s also one of the first areas that confound business owners when they have to scale their business up. Suddenly, the need for a much larger space, more employees, and a workflow that can satisfy both demand and deadlines becomes quickly urgent.

Space is perhaps the biggest issue. Our last blog post briefly glanced over what any California citizen knows—the Bay Area is wildly expensive. Real estate costs are absurdly high due to the appeal of living here a well as a host of other factors. What does this mean? The need for a larger warehouse or storage facility may not scale equally with how much it costs to obtain it. Will your profits from scaling up cover the cost of the larger storage? Not always, not in most cases. Such is the difficult life of the business owner.

Cargo Handling, Storage, and Hauling

Our conveniently located San Francisco storage yard is a place where you can find temporary relief to your sudden storage woes that present themselves to you. We can receive and store your equipment in our yards short-term or long-term depending on your needs. We boast 7 acres of open storage as well as 1 acre of covered storage with access to electrical hookups for the safety and maintenance of all equipment.

Our experienced team is knowledgeable in the handling of any type of equipment you can imagine: HVAC units, chillers, boilers, generators, switchgear, etc, with assembly and disassembly posing no problem.

It isn’t enough to just store the equipment though, we offer comprehensive heavy hauling and specialty hauling services at all points West of the Rocky Mountains that can get your equipment to where it needs to be in a timely manner—and in one piece, of course! Our clients choose us not only because of our proven track record of success, but also because we strictly adhere to protocols such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission requirements as well as the fact that our drivers are TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card) holders.

Bay Area Cargo Handling and Hauling

Sheedy Crane has been operating in the Bay Area since 1925! Since then, we have grown to be one of the most respected authorities for Bay Area engineering solutions as well as a variety of other services such as seismic retrofitting, structural shoring, and providing quality cranes for rental at a competitive rate.

Contact Sheedy Crane today to inquire about any of our numerous services or if you would like to consult about an upcoming project.


November 20, 2019by elite0

In our lengthy history of operations, Sheedy Crane has offered many services to California and its famous Bay Area. If you’re a resident of the area, you know that the Bay Area is a combination of about 9 counties and boasts a population of roughly 7.75 million people. Much like California in general, the Bay Area has seen a tremendous influx of industry as well as people over the past several decades. It has historically boasted a strong urban presence, and as you may guess from that, a substantial amount of renovation and construction has followed due to those reasons. As a result, our structural shoring solutions have been incredibly important to urban development of this area.

What is Structural Shoring?

The San Francisco Bay Area has been notoriously difficult to keep constrained to a particular size. Urban growth and development just seems to be unending, inflating the notoriously high cost of real estate and living expenses in the area. Despite that, the area sees continued growth partially due to the presence of global technology giants such as Google and Apple, along with many high-profile tech startups in Silicon Valley.

With the Bay Area being such an appealing area to live for a variety of reasons, it means that parts of the Bay Area are constantly being upended for upgraded versions or amendments to buildings to bring them into modernity. Structural Shoring is used to temporarily support a building so that it does not collapse or incur unnecessary damage due to improper load distribution when significant repairs and alterations are made to the building.

This shoring process can range from minor alterations by which shoring is still necessary due to safety requirements and protocols, or it can mean the entire demolition of portions of a building for a large-scale renovation that requires sophisticated shoring solutions as well as a keen understanding of engineering principles.

One of Sheedy Crane’s most difficult and rewarding shoring projects was the temporary shoring of Bay Area hospital buildings in which the strictest standards of the OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) were required to be met.

Types of Structural Shoring

There are many types of structural shoring that can be used to achieve support of buildings being worked on.

Raking Shore is when a set of timbers are laid against the face of a structure at a sharp lean so that they can support the structure horizontally.

Beam and Plate shoring is exactly how it sounds, steel I-beams are set into the ground and then are supported by steel plates. This shoring technique is helpful in situations where soil conditions are a factor.

Scaffolding is the simplest form of shoring in a technical sense. It not only supports minor structures but also people. While some argue that shoring and scaffolding are different, the difference lies primarily in the utility!

Full Turnkey Shoring Solutions

Whether you’re making changes to an entire building and need support (literally), or you require minor changes to something like a parking garage, Sheedy Crane is here to support you. Our full-turnkey shoring solutions are backed by sound engineering principles and multiple decades of not only engineering/construction experience but also experience native to the Bay Area of California. We understand the unique conditions of this area that is so tightly constrained in both population and the presence of water.

Contact Sheedy Crane today for our shoring solutions or our many other engineering services!


October 18, 2019by elite0

CAD software is integral to many engineering projects. It is equal parts design as it is precision in regards to creating detailed schematics, 3D models, and blueprints for projects. At Sheedy Crane, our engineering services are sharpened by skilled CAD technicians who can design highly precise and structurally sound blueprints! Let’s take a look at some of the ways CAD software is used in engineering projects.

What is CAD Software?

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. AutoCAD software allows for the precision needed to create designs that are able to be executed on. The software is highly advanced and allows for more than just design work. For example, you can run simulations through CAD software which would allow you to understand how something like water might run through or affect your designs.

What’s more, is that since industries that require a strong engineering aptitude have so thoroughly embraced CAD software that tools have developed around it. CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) applications can be used to analyze how components of a design will work together using sound mathematical principles and formulas.

For example, CAD/CAE can be used to analyze how much stress is being placed on various aspects of your designs, as well as how stress may be distributed depending on where it is applied.

One of the greatest benefits to CAD software that any business can get behind is that it can save a lot of time. When diagrams were originally done on paper, editing something would be time-consuming since things would have to be redrawn to accommodate new changes.

This also made tinkering with changes much more of a hassle, which constricts your ability to think. Consider how much freedom being able to type instead of write gives you, if you are proficient on a keyboard, you can quickly put things out to see how they look and delete them on a whim if they don’t pan out.

CAD Software For Heavy Rigging and Crane Operations

A lot goes into planning a rigging job or executing an operation using a crane. Coordination is everything, which means everyone needs to be on the same page. CAD software can produce accurate drawings that other workers can rely on to know how the operation will proceed. It is also useful for ensuring the safety of all staff through the prevention of equipment failure. While inspections are an important part of a work site, it’s also incredibly useful to know how lifts place stress on equipment, and CAD software can simulate these stressors in an artificial environment where many different factors can be tweaked.

More importantly, aspects of the rigging or crane work can be calculated ahead of time to get an estimation as to how things should go. For example, a crane seems like a simple device at first in terms of its function. However, there’s more to it. You must calculate the load capacity of the crane to make sure you have the right equipment for the job. Then, consider how important the shape is in addition to the weight of the load being lifted. These are all questions of physics, and if it comes down to crunching the numbers, CAD software and the proper plugins can do that for you.

Heavy Rigging and Crane Services in the Bay Area

It’s amazing to consider that people got anything done before we had all of this fantastic technology. Sheedy Crane can remember that time, we’ve been in business since 1925 when Joseph D. Sheedy founded Sheedy Drayage Co. With just a single truck and a lot of grit, this company has grown to be one of California’s leading crane, rigging, and hauling service contractors. We have countless successful projects under our belt if you’d like to add yours to the list of a job well done, contact us here and let’s get started today!


September 13, 2019by elite0

Earthquakes in California

Like Florida to hurricanes, earthquakes are a fact of life in California. If you’re a native Californian or have lived in California long enough, you’ll have experienced at the very least a few tremors from time to time. As you may know, Sheedy Drayage Co is headquartered in sunny San Francisco and we have decades of experience going back to 1925, operating in the Bay Area. Suffice it to say, we’ve experienced our fair share of earthquakes and thus realize the importance of seismic retrofitting.

 If you the only thing you remember from your high school geology class is falling asleep, here’s a quick recap: California rests on what is called the San Andreas fault—which is a huge fault that runs for about 800 miles. When the Pacific and North American plates begin to move, it creates what we know as earthquakes, and many of them occur near fault lines which were originally created by seismic activity.

What is Seismic Retrofitting?

We’ve established that earthquakes happen in California and they’re going to continue happening. The real question is what can be done about them? The chief concern is that older buildings are much more susceptible to the lateral forces that earthquakes create. Thankfully, skilled laborers can make retrofitting possible. Retrofitting is exactly as it sounds, you take an old structure and add new technologies to it that can increase the building’s durability and longevity.

In the case of California, many important and historic buildings serve to benefit greatly from seismic retrofitting. The procedure not only confers existing structures with more resistance against earthquakes and other seismic activity,  Consider that many buildings exist that are more than 20 years old, the building codes have changed considerably since then and are not only more stringent in terms of materials but include many safety requirements as our understanding of civil engineering and social needs change.

Sheedy Crane Seismic Retrofit Projects

Sheedy Drayage Co has done many successful retrofits on numerous key buildings in California in the past few decades—the most major being the retrofitting of San Francisco’s City Hall, which is the largest structure in the world to be upgraded with seismic base isolators. We’ve had several major retrofitting projects in California for many major City Hall’s such as Pasadena, Oakland, and the aforementioned San Francisco City Hall. The seismic retrofitting work Sheedy has done to the Benicia-Martinez Bridge involved 22 friction-pendulum isolators installed tolerate loads in excess of 3,500 tons—the largest of its time. Many of the concepts involving columnal load transfer and seismic dampening are unique to Sheedy, including a specially designed friction gripping technique.

Seismic Retrofitting Services in the San Francisco Bay Area

Sheedy Drayage Co has been operating out of the Bay Area of San Francisco since the 1920s. We are one of the leading contractors of crane, heavy hauling, and rigging services in California! Our expertise in these domains has contributed to our continued success over the past few decades.

We employ a staff of highly experienced engineers that are experts in designing solutions that ensure the proper execution of all hauls, crane lifts, and any retrofitting needs through the use of the latest modeling techniques in CAD software.

If you have a project that requires these services, you can contact your office of choice here!


August 16, 2019by elite0

What are Hoist Slings?

Hoisting is a staple service for us at Sheedy Crane. While requirements will vary depending on the site and the details of the job itself, one thing is certain, there are a couple of different sling types that are useful for different situations.

Before discussing that, there are a few important safety tips to consider

  • You should always determine the proper dimensions and style of the sling needed for your application purposes. Selecting the right sling for the job is crucial.
  • It is not advisable nor recommended to tie knots in slings.
  • Its all about load management, knowing the limitations of the lifting device is paramount to a successful pick.
  • Building on that last point, you must always find the center point of gravity before picking up a load.

Wire Rope

Wire rope is created by interthreading several individual wires to create a large, thick rope. This can be observed when you see wire rope that has become frayed, individual pieces of the rope become exposed. This is called birdcaging and If you spot this, you’re well overdue to replace your wire rope. One of the best ways to avoid cracking or breaking of your wire rope is to use proper blocking/padding to make sure the rope does not bend acutely. Instead, a wider bend can be created so that the rope only bends within its levels of flexibility.

There are several factors that determine the strength of a wire rope. The thickness of the rope is the most obvious factor. A thicker rope is a better rope in most cases. All ropes have a total load limit and many modern ropes have a design factor of 5, which means that whatever the total load strength of the rope is, it should be divided by 5 and that will be the maximum limit for the actual load used.

Fiber/Synthetic Rope Slings

Fiber rope is typically comprised of nylon, polyester and sometimes propylene. They can hold a significant amount of weight and are highly malleable which means they adapt to many shapes. Synthetic slings also have a long life cycle even in heavy use scenarios. The catch? They are highly susceptible to chemical damage. Acid or any type of caustic substance can easily chew through fiber ropes much faster than any other type. The issue with this is that the very material becomes weak but it isn’t as immediately apparent as other sling types. The material type of the sling will determine the resistant properties it possesses.

Bay Area Rigging Professionals

Sheedy Drayage Co. is a historic company that has been in business since 1925. We have decades of rigging experience in the Bay Area. Whether it involves operating a crane, heavy rigging, shoring or requiring precise engineering solutions, you can bet Sheedy can do the job like no other—we’ve been doing this for a long time, after all. Visit our contact page to get in touch with the location of your choice so that you can have your rigging work done in a timely and diligent manner.