MotoCut pile cutters cut over 50,0000 concrete piles

MotoCut automated pile cutters were in operation at an oil industry construction site in central Asia. The project involved cutting nearly 60,000 precast concrete piles over a period of two years. The project was carried out with four MotoCut units that cut 400 millimetre × 400 millimetre concrete piles. The MotoCut pile cutters were fitted on 30-ton excavators.

Manually two per day, with MotoCut, up to 50 piles per day

The ground at the site was a former seabed, which meant that the piles had been specially treated to fit the salty environment: The piles contained stronger and larger diameter steel than usual. On average, one MotoCut cutter was able to cut 30-50 precast concrete piles per day. Manually, the cutting speed would have been two per day as the piles on this project needed to be cut in two directions due to the large amount of rebar in each pile. This meant a significant increase in productivity and major cost savings.

Harsh environment makes MotoCut even stronger

At this site, the environmental conditions brought an extra challenge. The temperatures varied between 40°C and -40°C. During the summer, a tank mounted on the excavator provided water for dust suppression and blade cooling. In the winter, a special water heating system was used to keep water from freezing.

The MotoCut pile cutter went through the ultimate environmental test during this project.


Canadian Construction Association introduces mentorship pilot program

In an industry first, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research and Program, and Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI), is introducing a mentorship pilot program.

This program will match aspiring entrepreneurs who are creating new solutions for the construction industry with industry leaders to help hone the ideas or rollout plans.

“CCA’s mission is to inspire a progressive, innovative and sustainable construction industry that consistently acts with integrity,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president. “One of the challenges for businesses developing new solutions is gaining access to executives in the industry to get feedback on their solution and to gain adoption. Likewise, it can be difficult for the industry to learn about leading-edge technology, innovations or solutions that can dramatically improve their businesses.”

An advisory committee of nine CCA and CCI board members from across Canada is assisting with identifying and matching mentors. “Our goal is to make this a permanent program to spark innovation in construction by connecting the industry to leading-edge entrepreneurs,” Van Buren said.

The program is in a pilot phase until March 31, 2019. Firms interested in participating in the mentorship program should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Registration is open for the DFI 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundation 2019 in Chicago

Registration is open for the DFI 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations (#DFI44), Oct. 15–18, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago. Register to attend, exhibit or sponsor the conference at dfi.org/Annual2019.

The theme of the conference is > Future > Forward. The 2019 conference serves as a call to action to develop forward-thinking plans in deep foundation and geotechnical engineering and construction through technical presentations and panel discussions. The 2019 Annual Conference provides an international forum for more than 1,000 geo-professionals to present, discuss and debate all aspects of how we build on our current success to create and maintain a better tomorrow for future generations.

Conference sessions are dedicated to traditional deep foundation and geotechnical topics with a focus on a safe, sustainable future with respect to technology, safety, equipment, workforce and case studies including the following topics:

  • Crawl, Walk, Run: Improving Future Practice
  • Developments in Safe Geo-Construction
  • The Digital Future
  • Efficient Deep Foundations, Earth Retention Systems and Ground Improvement
  • The Future of Urban Development/Redevelopment
  • The Future of Work: Progress in Our Industry
  • 21st Century Infrastructure Needs


In addition to the technical program, the conference includes technical committee meetings; keynote lectures; the Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications; Expo Sessions presented by DFI’s Manufacturers, Suppliers and Service Providers Committee; a Student Activities Program; the Awards Banquet, including the presentation of the DFI Legends Awards; networking opportunities; a five-kilometre run/walk; and over 140 exhibits featuring innovative products and services.


Bay Shore Systems growth strategy continues with multiple new hires in sales

Bay Shore Systems, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new business development/sales team members to serve the domestic and international markets.

Bay Shore’s newest team members, Matthew Bratton, Greg Carey, Glenn Leighton and Paul McIntyre further strengthen the company’s proven product and service offerings and enable the company to continue on its growth trajectory.

“This is a great time to be with Bay Shore, with multiple new initiatives and a product roadmap in place that aligns with a fast-growing market,” said Valerie Cobb, chief sales officer. “The diversity of skill sets in the growing Bay Shore team is a direct reflection of the evolving drilling market landscape and its mandate to provide product and technological innovations to continue to meet our customers’ demands.”

Matthew Bratton is a territory manager with 25 years of experience in increasing market share and promoting multiple products and services in the heavy machinery industry, including 15 years with Scott Companies. He will be providing support to the international market and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gregg Carey is based in New Jersey, and will cover the Mid-Atlantic region in the U.S. He can be reached directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Glenn Leighton brings more than 25 years of business development expertise to the Australia and New Zealand markets by driving growth while simultaneously juggling the demands of customers and vendors. He will be located in Sydney and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Paul McIntyre has over 25 years of business development experience in the piling industry in the U.K. and Ireland. He has worked for JCB, Balfour Beatty and Environmental Services Group, and has been responsible for the design and sales of new products. He will be located in Glasgow, U.K., but will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These four hires support the company’s strategic direction, strengthening customer relationships as well as expanding the global sales support coverage.


The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women has launched

Canada’s prosperity depends on Canadians having the skills, training and experience they need to get good quality jobs and succeed in a changing economy. To help meet the increasing need for more workers in skilled trades, the Government of Canada is taking a leadership role by introducing new initiatives to encourage women to enter and succeed in Red Seal trades where they are under-represented.

On Dec. 11, 2018, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women is now available to eligible apprentices.

The new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women provides $3,000 per year or level, up to a maximum amount of $6,000, to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in eligible Red Seal trades. This, in combination with the existing Apprenticeship Completion Grant valued at $2,000, could result in combined grant support of up to $8,000 over the course of training. Women apprentices who progress in their training on or after April 1, 2018, may be eligible for the new grant.

The new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women supports gender equality and better economic outcomes for women by giving them more opportunities to access typically higher-paying Red Seal trades where they are under-represented.

Applications are available online by visiting Canada.ca/apprenticeship-grants or call toll-free 1-866-742-3644 (TTY: 1-866-909-9757) to request
an application form.


Dutton retires after making deep impact on the foundation industry

Ben Dutton retired from Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) in December 2018 after more than 43 years climbing through the ranks of the foundation construction equipment distributor. His large personality and commitment to serving others have left a mark throughout the global foundation industry.

Dutton started as a sales engineer at ECA in 1975 and quickly advanced to the role of Philadelphia branch manager at age 29. He spent many years as executive vice president of sales and marketing before eventually being promoted to president.

“I am pleased to have contributed to the advancement of the deep foundation construction industry,” Dutton said. “But mostly, I am honoured and privileged to have worked with competitors, suppliers, customers and employees to provide the same growth and opportunities I have experienced in a career that has spanned nearly five decades.”

Although stationed in ECA’s Philadelphia office, his influence extended from the U.S. to Canada and Europe as the firm strategically expanded products, manufacturers and markets. Dutton worked closely with CEO Roy Kern and his father Al to mould ECA into the global leader in foundation equipment it is today. The peak of his impact came in the mid-1990s when he worked with Roy Kern to orchestrate ECA’s expansion into the international drilling market.

Dutton’s industry accomplishments include the presidency of the Delaware Valley Associated Equipment Distributors’ board of directors and member of the executive committee for the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors/International Association of Foundation Drillers (ADSC-IAFD). In addition to his board responsibility at ADSC-IAFD, he held the positions of associate member chairman, co-chair of the education committee, chairman of the Supervisory Personnel Training Institute and chairman of the Management Personnel Training Institute. Dutton was a charter member of the Deep Foundations Institute and remained active over many years with various committees. He also supported other associations including the Pile Driving Contractors Association, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, and Utility and Transportation Contractors of New Jersey.

“Throughout his career Ben has touched many of us – employees, customers, vendors, trade groups and competitors alike – and could always be counted on for his industry knowledge, vision, professionalism, sales acumen and friendship,” said Roy Kern. “He’s been a force within our industry and a huge contributor towards the development and growth ECA has enjoyed over the last 40-plus years.”


Mincon Group plc acquires Pacific Bit of Canada Inc.

Mincon Group plc, the Irish engineering group specialising in the design, manufacture, sale and servicing of rock drilling tools and associated products, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Pacific Bit of Canada Inc.

Pacific Bit of Canada Inc. is a distribution company based in Surrey, B.C. A long established and very successful business, Pacific Bit mainly distributes mining and construction products in the Western Canada region. Over the years, Pacific Bit has built an enviable reputation within both the mining and construction sectors through the delivery of world-class drilling solutions backed up by industry leading service and support.

The Pacific Bit team will remain in place to develop the business with the North American team of Mincon, building revenue and distribution in the coming years.

Tom Purcell, North American regional manager for Mincon, said, “We are pleased to welcome Pacific Bit of Canada to the Group. We believe this will be a very important building block in developing the Group sales into the Canadian market supported by an excellent local team.”


Tritech buys new BSP radio-controlled piling rig

Tritech Ground Engineering, part of the larger A E Yates Group of Companies based in England, has recently taken delivery of the U.K.’s first radio-controlled BSP JX-8 piling rig mounted on a low ground pressure JCB JS200 crawler carrier.

Already operating an earlier JX8 rig, Karl Amos, operations manager at Tritech, looked at tweaking the new arrival’s design to make it more productive and easier to operate. Mounted on a JCB JS200 carrier, the piling equipment is a collaboration between Colets Piling and BSP and comprises a 12.5 metre single mast and BSP DX25 hydraulically accelerated drop hammer.

The piling equipment comprises a fixed 12.5 metre boom capable of handling piles of up to eight metres in length.

The combined weight of the rig is just over 27 tonnes and this weight, combined with a wide and long undercarriage, reduces the ground pressure imposed by the machine to just 82kN/m2 without a pile. The design of the rig means that the weight of the outfit is only increased when a pile is lifted into position and reduces again as the weight of the hammer is carried through the pile once it is located in the driving position.

One of the major benefits of the new rig is its controllability. Whereas the older version is operated solely from the carrier’s cab, the new version is also operated from a remote-control box. Mirroring the in-cab control system, the remote allows the operator to see everything around the machine at all times.

“The standard cab view can be limiting for the operator,” said Amos. “The operator can now be on the ground, in full control and not need the constant attention of his assistant at all times. This again makes [the machine] safer and more productive.”

The design of the new rig has impressed both the management and operators at Tritech, who are all happy with the quality and productivity of the outfit.

Canadian companies interested in more information on any BSP products are encouraged to contact their nearest Jinnings Equipment service centre, JCB dealer or BSP directly.




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