Crane Planner 2.0: Liebherr’s newly updated 3D lift planning software

The new Liebherr Crane Planner 2.0 is applicable to several Liebherr mobile cranes, all Liebherr crawler cranes with lifting capacities of up to 300 t, as well as hydraulic rope excavators.

This latest version of 3D lift planning software offers additional features, and can be used for further Liebherr LTM mobile cranes. Besides the existing LTM 1750‑9.1, it is now available for the LTM 1650-8.1, LTM 1450-8.1, LTM 1300-6.2, LTM 1250-5.1 and LTM 1230-5.1. More telescopic mobile cranes will be added to the programme at regular intervals, with the LTM 1350-6.1 set to be the first.

According to Liebherr, users of the current version will enjoy the benefit of the new crane models and functions automatically and free-of-charge following the update. This also includes the new distance tool, which enables objects such as machines and buildings to be positioned relative to each other with centimetre precision.

The Crane Planner 2.0 helps users to identify solutions and procedures for their lifting work in advance. As a result, complicated heavy lifts with crawler cranes, or relatively quick and easy taxi lifts by mobile cranes, can be completed safely.

The software combines an interactive 3D visualisation of the machines, the loads and surrounding objects with dimensions, a positioning tool and Google Maps, without the need for more costly CAD programmes or high performance computers, said Liebherr. The results of the planning process can be exported in the form of a report and sent to the customer.

Liebherr further highlighted that the combination of a 3D user interface with the exact machine data of the load moment limitation from the Liccon crane control system is “unique.” The data displayed in the Crane Planner 2.0 are determined using the same calculation logic as the live data generated by the real mobile and crawler cranes. Key data – like ground pressures, support pressures, lifting capacities and centres of gravity – are calculated simultaneously. Each time the configuration, load or geometry is changed, a new calculation is performed.

‘Free’ and ‘Pro’ versions

Challenging planning tasks can be carried out in 2D using the ‘Free’ version. The range of functions is similar to the Liccon work planner. The ‘Pro’ version also contains detailed interactive 3D models of the cranes, plus a library with various 3D objects such as buildings, roads, machines and load objects. Map views from Google Maps and 3D data can be included in the display in the correct scale.

The Crane Planner 2.0 is easy to use, added Liebherr. Neither special expertise nor extra hardware is required, apart from a standard PC. The software can be downloaded from the Crane Planner home page. A free licence for both the ‘Free’ version and the fee-based ‘Pro’ version can be obtained from the licence shop.

What’s more, there is a ‘Trial’ version that allows users to enjoy a 30-day free trial of the ‘Pro’ version. Whilst using the Crane Planner 2.0, the calculations of the machine planning data, including lifting capacities, support and ground pressures, are performed online to ensure that they are always up-to-date.