IASM History & Overview
IASM began as a “not for profit” trade association in 1983 when a collection of individuals engaged in the business of moving structures believed the time was right to form an organization to represent their industry. The structural moving industry has an important role to play in the lives of thousands and thousands of individuals, companies, governments and society. Over two decades later IASM is composed of more than three hundred members in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.
The gentlemen involved in the formation of the Association adopted By-Laws charging a fourteen person board with the responsibility of governing the affairs of the organization. The Board is composed of equal geographical representation across North America. The association membership elects individuals to the Board during the Annual Conference. The Board of Directors sets policy. An Executive Committee, composed of the president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, acts when necessary in lieu of the Board.
Who Are Structural Movers?
There is no dictionary definition for a structural mover. So, who are they? A structural mover is an individual or company that moves structures. While this may sound rather simple, successfully moving large, cumbersome, heavy, small, weird shaped structures of various types is anything but simple. Lighthouses, hotels, movie theatres, airport terminals, barges, ships, bridges, grain elevators, houses, libraries, transformers, draglines, and viaducts are some examples of the type structures moved. Moves such as these occur daily across North America and around the globe. In fact, relocating structures is the worlds oldest and largest recycling industry. The services provided by structural movers create and save jobs, preserve historic structures, prevent wasteful demolition, reduce material to landfills, provide increased opportunities for affordable housing and a multitude of additional benefits. Just like the type of structures moved, structural movers also come in various sizes, operations, specialties, methods and opinions on how moves should be made. It is no secret that structural movers as individuals tend to think things through carefully, and are adept at mathematics and geometry.