Weather Forecasts for Crane Operations


  • Provide weather forecasts critical for safe crane operations
  • Site-specific forecasts delivered to desktops/mobile devices anywhere
  • Operators can more confidently plan/schedule lift times around weather
  • Lightning early warning and real-time detection
  • Increase safety, efficiency, profitability, and competitiveness


  • State-of-the-art forecast engine runs on high-performance computing systems located on the DRI campus
  • Algorithms use exact crane location & learn from past forecast performance
  • Displayed 24/7/365 with DRI’s Real Time Environmental Monitoring and Alerting System (REMAS)
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    WHY DRI?

    Long-established reputation for delivering customer-centric analysis and solutions with a balance of academic rigor and business pragmatics.

    Recognized world leader in environmental sciences and engineering. As a public agency of the State of Nevada, DRI serves stake-holders as an unbiased, neutral, and transparent leader.


    Begins with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System (GFS). Twice daily, we downscale GFS using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. WRF is operated by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and has over 39,000 registered users. We create a WRF model specific to each crane’s location and calibrate it using observed data from existing, nearby weather stations. In the calibration process, differences between forecasted and observed temperature, barometric pressure, and wind speed are compared and the model is adjusted until the differences are minimized. Calibration is continuous during operational use of the forecast engine to improve the accuracy of the forecast.

    Our REMAS software displays the forecast on desktops or mobile devices.

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  • Weather parameters & crane/job requirements in lift plans
  • Managers see alarms, alerts, all cranes & crews in operation
  • Crews see on-site, real-time forecast tailored to their crane & lift


    DRI faculty and staff working on weather forecasts for crane operations provide capabilities, experiences, and expertise in atmospheric, geologic, and hydrologic sciences as well as civil, geotechnical, and mechanical engineering. Our team evolves out of the Naval Earth Sciences and Engineering Program (NESEP), which serves as an organizational focal point for DRI’s services to the Department of Defense. The NESEP team has been delivering weather forecasts for heavy-lift crane operations twice a day, without interruption, since December 2016.

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