In December 2010 and March 2011 the company Stroygazconsulting Autostrada put into service two machines in wintery Russia, one DELMAG drilling rig and one BANUT fixed leader mast, for the construction of foundation piles.
The expansion of the Panama Canal project is underway and is being overseen by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). The project will double the capacity of the Canal by 2014 allowing more and larger ships to pass through.
The ABI Mobilram is a multi-purpose rig designed for drilling, vibrating, impacting, and pressing piles. The ABI pile driving rig vibrated in the 125 beams in approximately 20 feet deep. Each beam took only a few minutes to drive.
The BP/Amoco Refinery in Wood River, Illinois, has been a landmark for some 75 years. Although the refinery itself is no longer in operation, the location continues to be important to the community as a future industrial site.
In terms of budget, scale, and impact, the demolition and rebuilding of the Marquette Interchange in downtown Milwaukee is a huge project. With a total budget of $810 million, it is the most costly highway project ever undertaken in Wisconsin.
Hammer & Steel customers and equipment are playing a big part in the ongoing improvements at the Metro Waste Water Treatment Plant in St. Paul, Minn. The $200 million project of St. Paul's Metropolitan Council Environmental Services includes construction of a new 300 dry ton per day solids processing facility, with completion scheduled for the end of 2005.
After his first experience with an ABI Mobilram system, Tim Horswill, owner of Phenco Inc., was so impressed that he now refers to the traditional way of driving sheet piling with a crane and vibratory driver as "the old mentality."
Every project has its own unique challenges. At State Place, a combination mid- and high-rise condominium in Chicago, Case Foundation Company faced one key hurdle: the existing site conditions. The solution: Dawson's HPH6500 hydraulic-impact hammer.
When Foundation Service Corp. accepted a job working on an urban renewal project in Des Moines, Iowa, the contractor agreed to abide by a strict requirement: No vibrations on the site. With the help of Hammer & Steel, and the PVE 2316VM high frequency variable moment driver/ extractor system, the job went without a hitch – and without vibrations.
When work began on a new computer science building at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus, some local construction professionals thought the soil conditions were too tough for piling installation. They didn't know Bob Hughes and his ABI TM 18/22 Mobilram system.
Jones' company, Barnard Construction Co. of Bozeman, Montana, built about 20 intake and outflow structures in several "playas," or lakes, which serve as natural stormwater retention basins throughout southern Lubbock. The company installed piping to connect the playas, facilitating the flow of excess water during storms and reducing surface flooding.
There's a first time for everything. For Midwest Foundation Corp. of Tremont, Ill., a project at Lake Taylorville in 2002 marked a first. According to Jim Gilles, vice president of Midwest Foundation, it was the first time the company had been involved in a project that called for galvanized steel sheet piling.
How big was the expansion of the Houston Fuel Oil Terminals dock area? The project, which involved relocating Barge Dock #1 so that Deep Water Ship Dock #3 could be built in its place, consumed nearly 3,000 tons of steel and about 1,600 wall feet of piling. In other words, it was massive.
The original Dawson sheet piling threader has long been the only viable option for automatically threading sheet piling sections from the ground. The existing concept developed by Dawson has now been greatly improved with the introduction of the new universal sheet piling threader assembly.
The mobility, accuracy and high production capabilities of the TM-13/16 Mobilram system helped Lakes & Rivers Contracting, Inc. to beat its own production estimates for a job at the Oak Meadows golf course in Addison, Illinois. The ABI Mobilram system offered high performance and finesse for driving the light sheet piling sections without damage. In addition, the system is known for its accuracy.
Creative people seek creative solutions. "I've been in the sheet piling business for 25 years," said Mike Jones, territory manager for Hammer & Steel. "This is the first time I've seen sheet piling installed horizontally."
Sometimes projects turn out to be easier than expected, but La Crosse, Wisconsin-based J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. knows you can't count on that. That's why the experienced piling and dredging specialist tries to anticipate the unanticipated. Such was the case at the Grand Calumet River remediation project in Gary, Indiana, where J. F. Brennan was hired to dredge nearly six miles of the river.
Delmag keeps pushing the envelope on diesel hammers, creating machines that are both more powerful and more environmentally friendly. "Delmag has been making diesel hammers longer than anyone else," noted Joe Dittmeier, president of Hammer & Steel, "and with their superior German quality construction and experienced engineering, they make the highest-quality hammer on the market." Two recent pile-driving projects demonstrate that Delmag continues to lead the industry.
"I thought it was a pretty good idea," recalled Bob Carter, vice president and equipment manager for Bloomington, Indiana-based Weddle Brothers Construction Co., when he first saw an excavator-mounted vibratory driver/ extractor in a magazine. He soon rented an ABI HVR-75 from Hammer & Steel and started using the system in the field. That was several years ago, and he remains convinced it's a good idea.
Contractors working to protect Chicago's shoreline agree on several issues. Wind and waves from the lake are a daily challenge. They also agree that several pieces of equipment from Hammer & Steel make the job easier.
Intercoastal Foundations & Shoring worked with difficult soil conditions and three different types of piles to complete deep foundation work at SkyViewParc, a 13-acre, $800 million mixed-used facility near LaGuardia Airport in New York. Throughout the project, two different sized ABI Mobilrams proved their versatility and helped the contractor push the envelope on production, said Andy Burns, project manager.
Neither rain nor mud nor wetlands could keep Sheehan Pipeline Construction Company from completing its natural gas pipeline project across northern Indiana. The company laid 102 miles of 42-inch steel welded pipe, starting at the Indiana-Michigan border, running across the top of Indiana and ending near Joliet, IL, said Leon Loftis, equipment supervisor for Sheehan.
"We're always on the lookout for good products," said Joe Dittmeier, president of Hammer & Steel. "Particularly products that will save our customers time and money." Recognizing those qualities in the pile driving leads and accessories made by Dover, Ohio-based F.E.C. (Foundation Equipment Corp.), Hammer & Steel recently purchased their business, moving it to St. Louis. The first product featured is the ST-75 pile driving lead section - a perfect match for the lighter Delmag D12-42 and D19-42 hammers.
It was 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before Labor Day when Hammer & Steel received a call from a customer in Louisiana, who was still reeling from Hurricane Katrina's impact a week earlier. Willbros RPI needed equipment and sheet piling to repair breaks in a Shell Oil pipeline running from Gonzales to Houma, west of New Orleans.
Building a multi-span bridge over a major river is a challenging job. Many things are out of your control, key among them: the weather. That's why it normally takes close to two years to build such a structure. In spite of that, when the Missouri Department of Transportation asked for bids to construct a new bridge over the Meramec River in Arnold, Missouri, it stipulated that the work be completed in thirteen months.
When Bowen Engineering Corp. began working on the North Indianapolis Flood Prevention project, designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it was clear that using a crane for their piling operation was out of the question. "It was a tight work area. We were on top of a narrow levee with the White River on one side and a road on the other," said Dave Collier, a general superintendent with the Fishers, Indiana-based company.
No timeouts are allowed when you're working on a fast-paced project like the new Soldier Field in Chicago. "This was an extremely fast-track job with a critical schedule," said Dr. Michael Wysockey, vice president of Thatcher Engineering Corp., piling subcontractor on the project.
Before setting out to install 64 miles of power transmission towers and lines throughout central Alaska, Anchorage-based Global Power & Communications determined that the ABI Mobilram system would be the best choice for the project. A winter of driving more than 1,200 piles through a variety of soil conditions proved that to be a wise decision.