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  • Aki Sand Appointed Junttan's New Manager of Customer Services

    Aki Sand, M.Sc., BBA has been appointed Junttan’s new manager of customer services. Sand will begin his post April 20, 2015. He previously served as the director of customer service process management at Konecranes Plc.

    Sand has in-depth and extensive experience regarding the service and spare parts operations of a mechanical engineering company operating in the global market. He takes up his post as Junttan with an open mind and ready for the new challenges of further developing Junttan’s customer services. 

  • APPLE VIII Set to Impact Deep Foundation Industry

    Courtesy of GRL Engineers, Inc.

    Over the course of the past several years, GRL Engineers, Inc. (GRL) has introduced a series of six “APPLE” drop hammers. The devices are used in dynamic load testing of any type of deep foundation (ASTM D4945 Standard Test Method for High- Strain Dynamic Testing of Piles), in cases when a pile driving hammer or another suitable drop weight is not readily available at a jobsite.

    GRL has now added two more APPLES to the lineup. The APPLE VII is designed specifically to test helical piles. The APPLE VIII is a modular system with a maximum ram weight of 80 tons – double the maximum weight of the APPLE IV, previously the largest of GRL’s drop hammers. With this addition, the APPLE devices now cover a large range of test loads, up to 8,000 tons under ideal conditions.

    Dynamic load tests are an economical alternative to static load tests, and may also meet the requirements of the Rapid Load Test standard ASTM D7383, particularly with the availability of the heavier APPLES. Prior to the test, GRL performs an analysis and recommends an adequate APPLE for each situation, from micropiles to large, high capacity drilled shafts. After the test, it furnishes a detailed test report that includes a simulated static load test in the form of a calculated load-set curve.

  • Barker Ross Expands to Supply Piling Specialists Globally

    Due to the continued success of its piling and geotechnical operation in the UK, Barker Ross is expanding to supply piling specialists globally.

    “We are recognized as the leading recruitment company for piling and geotechnical positions, with top to bottom coverage in the UK,” said Billy Berridge, head of the Barker Ross piling division. “Now we are confident we can use our expertise to develop a truly global network of piling specialists and fill roles in markets which are currently experiencing a boom, such as Canada, Europe and the Middle East.”

    Antony Rowe, managing director of Barker Ross Recruitment, further explains. “This is an area we have had a great deal of success in as we have really focused on it. Getting to know both candidates and client companies really well means we can be the first in line to fill both temporary and permanent vacancies.”

    The piling and geotechnical sector has seen significant skills shortages, particularly as activity in civil engineering increases, due to a lack of dedicated training in the industry overall.

    “There are perhaps only two to three thousand skilled piling operatives in the UK and most are in the later stages of their career,” said Berridge. “As a result, demand continues to outstrip supply, and this will only get worse as experienced pilers retire. To help alleviate the shortage, we have – for some time now – been offering to meet the cost of certification for those with the right skills but lacking current documents to enable them to work in the industry. In addition, developing our network globally will also help us fill positions more easily in all markets, as we can draw from a larger base of candidates.”

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  • BAUER Manufacturing Inc. Earns ISO and API Certification

    Located in Conroe, Texas, BAUER Manufacturing Inc. – the BAUER Group’s production hub in the Americas – met the requirements for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 and American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q1 for the manufacture, service, repair and re-manufacture of drilling rigs and related accessories, and is now officially ISO and API certified.

    ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certification recognizes effective implementation of documentation and records management; management’s commitment to customers; establishment of clear policies; effective planning and implementation and strong resource management; efficient process control, measurement and analysis; and continuous improvement.

    As an API Spec Q1 registered organization, BAUER Manufacturing Inc. emphasizes to its customers that it will meet or exceed industry standards.

    “BAUER Manufacturing Inc. considers total customer satisfaction and production of consistently high-quality products essential for its business. Our attention to quality, customer service and our dedicated and skilled work force will support BAUER Manufacturing Inc. in the construction sector, and [allow us] to become a reliable provider of superior products and services to the oil and gas industry,” said BAUER Manufacturing’s CEO, Thomas Jarboe.

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  • BAUER-Pileco Inc. Announces Changes to Executive Management Team

    BAUER-Pileco Inc., a leader in the sales and support of the foundation drilling industry, recently announced changes to its executive management team: 

    • Jochen Rohr, the current CEO of BAUER Manufacturing in Conroe, Texas, will also assume the CEO position of BAUER-Pileco Inc., which is in the process of moving its operations from the Berry Road facility in Houston to the Conroe, Texas facility.
    • Dan Dragone is now the new chief sales officer. Dragone will focus directly on the day-to-day operations of the sales department at BAUER-Pileco Inc. and continue to help grow annual sales. 
    • Thomas Seifert joined the Bauer team in April 2014 and is the new controller for BAUER-Pileco Inc. as well as the BAUER Manufacturing facility in Conroe, Texas. 
    • Carlos Lopez was recently hired as the parts and service manager at the Livermore, Calif. location of BAUER-Pileco Inc.

    We are confident these changes will progress the company forward in sales, service and manufacturing and continue to be an industry leader. Jochen Rohr brings over 25 years of experience in the industry and is looking forward to making BAUER-Pileco Inc. and BAUER Manufacturing a stronger company under one roof as BAUER-Pileco moves to Conroe, Texas.

  • Bermingham Contributes Construction and Equipment Expertise to Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia

    Wheatstone LNG is a liquefied natural gas plant under construction in the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area and is located 7.5 miles west of Onslow, Western Australia, expected to cost US$29.7 billion. The LNG liquefaction and export plant will have an annual capacity of 15 million tonnes of LNG. Bechtel Oil & Gas Chemicals Inc. is undertaking the design of the onshore gas plant, and awarded the design and construction of the LNG storage and condensate tanks to EVT, a joint venture between Entrepose Contracting, VINCI Construction Grand Projects and Thiess.

    EVT contracted the deep foundation works for the two LNG storage tanks to Menard Bachy Pty. Ltd., while MBPL sought out Bermingham’s expertise in pile driving equipment and construction. Bermingham provided three systems of 33-meter L23 VTL with a B64 diesel hammer mounted on three different cranes. Along with renting the three pile driving systems, Bermingham provided key personnel to help start the job, train MBPL employees and service the systems.

  • Canada's Jobs Minister: Canada Job Grant is the FIrst Step in Addressing Canada's Skills Mismatch

    The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, spoke at the 2013 Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit hosted by The Conference Board of Canada. He emphasized the importance of encouraging students to consider in-demand jobs in the skilled trades and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as well as the role of the Canada Job Grant in helping to fix the skills mismatch in Canada. He also announced funding for The Conference Board of Canada’s new Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education.

  • CAWIC Calls on Construction Industry to Promote Women's Advancement

    The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) recently launched its Women's Advancement Project in St. John's, Newfoundland. CAWIC is calling on industry employers, unions and educational partners to collaborate with CAWIC to address the shortage of skilled trades in Canada by promoting the entry and advancement of women into leadership roles within the construction industry.

    Earlier this year, CAWIC was awarded a grant from the Government of Canada for $249,900 through Status of Women Canada. The grant will fund a three-year project to conduct research and develop, with collaboration from industry employers and female participants, an action plan to open doors for women's entry, retention and advancement into leadership roles within the construction industry.

    CAWIC is actively seeking employer partners who share its vision to promote change and break down barriers for women in the industry, to create an action plan that makes economic sense, is realistic and attainable. Industry employers with operations in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland/Labrador have the opportunity to get directly involved in this important initiative.

  • CenturyVallen Now Offering North America's First "Green" Hard Hat

    V-Gard® GREEN hard hat made from sugarcane reduces environmental impact 

    CenturyVallen, a national supplier of safety and industrial MRO products and services, is excited to announce that it is now selling the world’s first “green” protective hard hat manufactured from sugarcane.

  • Construction Project Failures Weigh on Industry Despite Advances in Planning and Controls

    Over half of construction project owners experienced one or more underperforming projects in the previous year, despite confidence in project planning and controls, according to KPMG International’s 2015 Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey: Climbing the Curve. Further, project owners said only 31 per cent of their projects came within 10 per cent of budget, and just 25 per cent within 10 per cent of original deadlines in the past three years.

    “As engineering and construction projects get bigger, the complexity grows exponentially,” said Geno Armstrong, global chair, Engineering & Construction and a principal with KPMG in the U.S. “The improvements by owners in planning and risk management have been significant, yet there is further work to be done to reduce the number of project failures, and bring more projects in on time and on budget.”

  • Creative Pultrusions, Inc. Hires Ted Harris as Market Development Engineer

    Creative Pultrusions, Inc. (CPI) welcomed Ted Harris on March 17, 2014. Ted has over 25 years of product design, development and engineering experience in manufacturing. He also has extensive experience working in sales, marketing and business development. He has a degree in aerospace engineering and is a registered professional engineer in mechanical engineering in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Harris joins CPI as market development engineer, and will be responsible for marketing the TRANSONITE® Panel Product Line.

  • DFI's Testing and Evaluation Committee announces a new video

    Static Load Testing of Deep Foundations Elements

    The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the Testing and Evaluation Committee recently announced the release of a video on Static Load Testing of Deep Foundations Elements: Top-Down and Bi-Directional Static Load Testing.

  • Dieseko Group Acquires Woltman Piling Equipment

    Dieseko Group, producer and supplier of hydraulic vibratory hammers and other foundation equipment, acquires Woltman Piling Equipment, a company located in Giessenburg, Netherlands. Woltman is market leader and producer and supplier of piling equipment.

    By means of the acquisition, both companies can combine forces and achieve economies of scale, for example by joint purchasing. Clients will benefit from shorter delivery times and new innovations.

    “The acquisition of Woltman seamlessly fits into our policy. We strive for market leadership for vibratory hammers and want to be the supplier for complete product packages for piling contractors,” said Ton Kraak, CEO of Dieseko Group. “We know Woltman very well as our subsidiary PVE Piling & Drilling Rigs – which was acquired by Dieseko Group in 2014 – has been working together closely with them for several years.”

    Woltman Piling Equipment will operate as an independent business unit of Dieseko Group in the Benelux region. All employees will remain working within the organization.

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  • Equipment Corporation of America Hires Gordian Ulrich as Engineering Sales Manager

    Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) has hired Gordian Ulrich as engineering sales manager. He will be responsible for BAUER technical applications and advancement of its available technology in the Eastern United States and Canada.

  • Exceptional Use of Liebherr LRB 255 Piling and Drilling Rig in Quebec

    In Montreal, a Liebherr LRB 255 piling and drilling rig is currently being used with a double rotary drive DBA 300 for the construction of an entry shaft for tunnel excavation. This application is relatively new in North America and is being executed for the first time in Quebec.

    On the island of Montreal, near the intersection of Rue Notre-Dame Est and Rue Alphonse D Roy, a tunnel with a length of four kilometres and an internal diameter of 3.6 metres is planned. After completion, it will be used as a water main reaching from Montreal to the Rosemont Reservoir on Île de Montreal. The Rosemont Reservoir was shut down in 1978 and is now being put back into service in order to ensure the supply of sufficient drinking water to the city.

    Secant pile wall construction
    The entry shaft for the excavation of the tunnel has an interior diameter of 11 metres and is currently being constructed with the help of an LRB 255 piling and drilling rig, owned by Centurion Fondation Inc. The entry shaft is built using a compression secant pile wall made up of 74 intersecting piles, each with a diameter of 750 mm and a length of 22 metres.

    The primary piles, used as filler, are installed first. Upon drilling of the secondary piles, the rebar cage is vibrated into the pile using an electric vibrator. The piles are drilled into a previously constructed template, ensuring their exact position. The soil consists of sandy clays and sandy tills with boulders and the piles are drilled approximately half a metre into the shale bedrock.

  • Foundation for a Dubai Culture Village hotel gets underway with Liebherr rotary drilling rig

    A Liebherr LB 20 rig is being used by UAE-based Delta Foundations Co. to drill 200 piles in four months. The task for the company’s first Liebherr rotary drilling rig is to install the piling for a four-star hotel at Dubai’s Culture Village development.

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    Company announcements, key events and other news important to Canada's deep foundation construction industry

     

    Hercules Machinery revolutionizing Hercules Machinery revolutionizing worksites since 1998

    Hercules Machinery introduced the first side-grip in the indus-try 17 years ago and since then has perfected the Movax® Sonic SideGrip®, placing more than 500 units at worksites through-out the U.S. and Canada. An excavator-mounted attachment, this vibratory pile driver features an articulating side-grip with two unique side-gripping jaws and one bottom jaw that deliver unmatched dexterity when handling, driving or extracting nearly any style of piling.

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    Company announcements, key events and other news important to Canada's deep foundation construction industry

     

    Harper Government expands training and skills development opportunities for women

    On July 7, 2015, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $2,097,375 to expand the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program.

    Well-known companies, such as Emeco, Finning Canada, Immersive Technologies, Imperial, Lehigh Hanson, Mammoet Canada Western Ltd. and SureHire, support the WBF HEO Program by providing WBF with access to services and resources that ensure women receive the skills and experience needed to pursue their careers.

  • GRL Engineers author Geotechnical Engineering Circular No. 12 – Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations

    The recently released Geotechnical Engineering Circular No. 12 – Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations is the US Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) primary guidance and reference document on driven pile foundations.

  • Hammer & Steel, Inc. Provides Steel Sheet Piling for Construction of New SMART System

    Courtesy of Hammer & SteelKeeping in line with California’s penchant for exceptional public transportation systems, the counties of Sonoma and Marin have begun joint construction of an area transit system, and Hammer & Steel, Inc. has been commissioned for providing steel sheet piling for the job. Labeled SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit), phase I of the project calls for the replacement of sixty 100-year-old rail lines from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, to be completed by 2016.

    Part of the project requires the construction of a new bridge across the Petaluma River. For the bridge portion of the project, C.C. Myers and Ghilotti Brothers formed a joint venture and were awarded the work.

    Over 325 tons of steel sheet piling were used for the con- struction of two temporary cofferdams, combining PZC 18, PZC 26 and PZ 35 to finish the job. The first cofferdam will be in place for approximately one year, with the second cofferdam staying in place for two years.

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