The Vision: To expand the boundaries of rope access
The Mission: To create a team that can save lives from the highest elevation of high rises
The Objective: Develope a specialized training program for air rescue on super high rises
The Partners: Dubai Helishow and Capital Safety Lenovo and Superhosting
The Expendable Man: Ivan Kristoff
Mid Air Rope access reSponse (M.A.R.S.) presentation
This presentation addresses, what is extreme rope access on super high-rise buildings, above 200 meters, what is the difference of working conventional and industrial rope access, how the technician must be prepared for extreme and harsh working conditions at elevations above 500 meters, learns his skill from unrelated sports and how training is conducted. This presentation will cover the experience of the very first suspended access at heights above 500 meters and possible worst case scenarios, their prevention and the fundamentals of specialized and essential equipment.
The largest helicopter show in the Middle East will bring innovative concept for the high altitude rope and air rescue, helicopter operations and aviation safety
In 2014, Ivan Kristoff, a Nikon fan and member of NPS (Nikon Professional Services), showcased his NIKON equipment during one of the biggest helicopter shows in the world.
Dubai HeliShow is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. At this high profile event, the Canadian photographer Ivan Kristoff has a booth, photo exhibition and a presentations in which, he will showcase the most advanced digital cameras and imaging systems in remote photography on the tallest tower in the world.
Mr. Kristoff’s exhibition showcased some of the most prestigious Canadian high altitude rope access projects and helicopter rescue initiatives, which I completed in Canada. You will see a unique presentation of the first person who stepped on the unreachable places of the tallest tower in the world in that period. Some of the images in his show booth will depict some of the most challenging rope access projects in high-rise environment, captured by NIkon DX1. One of them is the first exterior repair at 1725″ during winter extreme conditions and winds above 60km/h.
During the event, Ivan showed documentaries on unique aerial and technical demonstrations, which have been captured with NIKON.
Visit Ivan Kristoff’s booths at the Dubai Helishow and see the his presentation during the M.A.R.S. Wireless Video Conference. In 2016, the biggest helicopter show in MENA will be held at the Grand Stand, Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse.
During Dubai Helishow 2016, at the Meydan Racecourse, a new concept that can open a new chapter in the aviation, helicopter safety and aerial rescue history was announced. Mid Air Rope access responSe – M.A.R.S. – (conducting high altitude aerial rescue). One of its segments, Mid Air Rope access, can be applied in the super high-rise industry and prepare emergency services for creating High-rise Emergency Aerial Response Teams (H.E.A.R.T.) The Dubai Helishow 2014 will once again attract many of the world’s top experts who have the same goal – to share their experience and vision on what will make helicopter operations safer and more efficient.
“Dubai Helishow has the tradition to present innovative ideas to the constantly increasing high rise building development in the Middle East and the world’s helicopter industry. In its history the will to make helicopter aviation safer is embedded. Now it will write a new page in the development of air rescue operations on super high-rise buildings, such as the Burj Khalifa...”, says Kristoff, known as the Canadian Spiderman.
The project has been initiated by Ivan after the completion of the very first rope access work on the Antenna Mast of CN Tower (553m.), the world’s tallest structure in 2003 and Canadian Wonder of the Modern World. For this job he had to create an innovative super high rise Emergency Rescue Plan and rewrite the rules for conventional aerial rescue from super high rise buildings. The plan includes aerial extraction of the rope access team from the top of the Skypod Observation deck and the exterior top of the CN Tower.
At that height, extreme weather conditions, frozen ropes and strong winds, present too many challenges and unprecedented scenarios to deal with. And where there are strong winds, there are too many “unknowns”, especially for vertical and aerial operations.
For helicopter pilots hovering at the height of above a few hundred meters off the ground is a challenge. At the Dubai Helishow 2014, Ivan Kristoff will present how to train aerial emergency rope access personnel for such operations and how to use the most modern GPS and mobile communication technology to monitor them in real time.
The M.A.R.S. concept has been presented to several air rescue and military organizations, including NASA. Further, the concept was shaped in the term M.A.R.S., which focuses on three separate, but related topics of:
For the presentation “Vertical Reference Long-Line External Cargo Ground Training course”, Ivan Kristoff will provide a course segment on Class D Human External Cargo Vertical rescue. He will bring us current with the Human External Cargo rules and regulations as well as equipment and mission.
For the presentation “M.A.R.S. Presentation”, Ivan Kristoff will explain what is extreme rope access on super high-rise buildings, above 200 meters, what is the difference between conventional and industrial rope access, how the technicians must be prepared for extreme and harsh working conditions. It will cover the experience of the very first suspended access at heights above 500 meters and possible worst case scenarios, their prevention and the fundamentals of specialized equipment.
About the presenter:
Ivan Kristoff is an aviator, rescuer and rope access expert in vertical and helicopter operations. His focus is on exploring new frontiers for helicopter and air-to-air rescue operations. That’s why, at the Dubai Helishow 2016, he will present the Mid Air Rope access System ( M.A.R.S. ) project.