Bermingham takes on a dynamic project to show what they can do

By Kelly Gray

One of Canada’s oldest foundation specialists is helping Parks Canada turn the page on troubles with its historic Trent Severn Waterway. 

When the Canadian federal government needed to repair Dam #37 at Bolsover near Lake Simcoe, they turned to Bermingham Foundation Solutions for the initial stages that would allow for the demolition of the dam and reconstruction. Working with general contractor Metric Contracting, shoring designer Isherwood Geostructural Engineers, contract administrator EXP and Public Works Canada, Bermingham crews would have to dewater the area immediately adjacent to the existing lock and dam and pro- vide a temporary diversion. This is all in a day’s work for a company that has been putting Canada on solid ground since 1897.

The Trent Severn Waterway is a hard-won piece of Canadian history with politicians and business interests fighting it out section by section. Joining Lake Huron with Lake Ontario, the 386-kilometre canal system was started in the early part of the 19th century and slowly completed over 100 years, at which time it was quickly made redundant by the completion of the larger Welland Canal. Today, the system is operated by Parks Canada as a tourist destination that brings boat traffic to cottage country through the locks between May and October. Last year, there was close to 100,000 lock operations. [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY]

Subsea pile driving specialist MENCK, an Acteon company, is providing the largest and most powerful hydraulic hammer in the world to assist Bilfinger Marine & Offshore Systems with the installation of subsea foundations for Project Sandbank, a new 72-turbine-strong wind farm in the North Sea.

Known as the “Gentle Giant,” the MENCK MHU 3500S hydraulic hammer exerts a massive 6.2kJ per tonne of weight, with a pile sleeve that is 6.5m in diameter.

“The MHU 3500S has a proven higher output than any other hammer in the world, yet it is up to two to three db quieter than some of MENCK’s smaller hammers, meeting extensive environmental protection requirements,” said MENCK’s international marketing manager, Claas Denkmann.

First Liebherr drilling rig operating in Myanmar

Geo-engineering specialist Golden Tri Star Co is using the first Liebherr rotary drilling rig in Myanmar to bore piles for a condominium in Yangon’s embassy district.

The rig is now working on its second project after successfully completing foundation drilling for one of Yangon’s largest commercial projects. The rig has started bored piling work on The Illustra At Pho Sein, a 31-storey condominium project, being built on Pho Sein Road in Yangon’s premier Kandawgyi Lake district, which includes the city’s embassy quarter.

Developer of the project is PSWN Development Company Ltd., who have subcontracted geo-engineering specialist Golden Tri Star Co Ltd (GTS) to carry out the foundations work. GTS is the owner of the LB 28, and is a division of Shwe Taung Group, the company that is developing the Junction City project in downtown Yangon, which is where the rig made its debut on the foundations before being moved to The Illustra.

Bauer Maschinen, BAUER-Pileco and Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) are pleased to announce the signing of a new Master Dealer Agreement between the parties, effective December 2014.

ECA will continue to be an exclusive BAUER-authorized distributor, covering the northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. The distribution agreement changes the territories slightly to improve coverage, by adding Florida and Georgia to the ECA territory. BAUER-Pileco will now service and support Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

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