Taking matters into their own hands

By Jim Chliboyko

It's a variation of the old saying; If you want something done right, you need to do it yourself.

In the case of Gord Williamson, it wasn't so much about getting the job done right; it was getting the job done at all.

Williamson had been working in the electrical sector in the Calgary area in 2006 and it seemed to take him forever to find anyone with a drill rig to get to his sites so he could proceed with the rest of his work.

“There was a definite need in the area at the time because, as an electrical contractor, I couldn’t get drill rigs to drill my big, large diameter structure bases for sign structures, high mast poles, light standards and all that hard rock drilling,” said Williamson. “It took me a year and a half of begging and plead-ing to get drill rigs to come drill my holes to complete the job.”

Three decades of impressive projects

By Lisa Kopochinski

Those in the deep foundation construction industry across the country – and particularly Western Can-ada – have undoubtedly heard of Henry Foundation Drilling Inc. (HFDI).

Based in Vancouver, B.C., HFDI has earned its reputation as one of the most sought-after private drilling companies, largely due to its impressive portfolio of projects spanning three decades.

Specializing in deep foundation services – including cast-in drilled hole piles, continuous flight auger piles, soldier piles and lagging, secant pile walls, tangent walls, rock drill-ing and gas extraction wells at landfills – HFDI president Don Henry said, “We have the largest, most modern drilling fleet in British Columbia, including a Bauer BG36, Bauer BG28, Bauer BG18, Soilmec SR-80, Soilmec SR-75, Soilmec SR-50 and Soilmec SR-30s. Our specialty is tackling jobs that few other companies can do.”

The experience and expertise of Bermingham Foundation Solutions meet the challenge of the historic Desjardins Canal

By Deb Smith

Bermingham Foundation Solutions has been putting down roots in Canadian history since its first contract in 1897 to build the CPR track bed through the Rocky Mountains at the Crowsnest Pass in British Columbia. Today, almost 120 years later, the company continues to play a strong role in developing Canada’s infrastructure as an experienced foundation contractor, equipment manufacturer and leader in research and innovation.

When Dufferin Construction Company recently took on the job to widen the CNRail Bridge across the Desjardins Canal as part of expansion of the GO Transit service into the city of Hamilton, they looked to Bermingham to handle the foundations. The new addition to the bridge meant working in a very tight and difficult location along the east side of bulky stone foundations that had been laid down a century-and-a-half earlier.

Construction photography is not as easy as it looks, but it’s worth the effort

By Heather Hudson

Sometimes, your have to see it to believe it.

In a world where YouTube is the second most popular search engine, photos and videos are king when it comes to gathering information. Whether you're showcasing your work on your website, advertising your services or prospecting for new clients, photographs tell a compelling story in the deep foundations industry.

Joel Price, director of business at Doublestar Drilling in Alberta, says professional photography has become an important tool for the company.

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Piling Canada is the premier national voice for the Canadian deep foundation construction industry. Each issue is dedicated to providing readers with current and informative editorial, including project updates, company profiles, technological advancements, safety news, environmental information, HR advice, pertinent legal issues and more.