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In this issue PIC News

Features

GFL to acquire Deep Foundations Group of Companies 6 Piling Industry Canada

The new SR-65 EVO

PIC

Canadian Construction Association concerned by delays in infrastructure investment, encouraged by skills training support 6

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Equipment Sales & Service Ltd. expands its drilling and foundation business with Selix acquisition 8 Eight in one go: A Liebherr entourage in Moscow 10

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Building a village for the world

Sales Manager: Dayna Oulion dayna@delcommunications.com

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Keller tackles complex subway works Anatomy of an auger

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Contributing Writers: Brian M. Fraley, Janet M. Himstead, Vincent Jue

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APE drills in the wilderness of B.C.

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ECA reigns in 100 years in business

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As pictured on the cover and detailed in the article on page 24, the Mugaha Creek Bridge Project is challenged with access limitations and terrain difficulties. Nahanni Construction, the contractor, and HeliCon, the subcontractor, deployed a 349 Cat excavator equipped with American Piledriving Equipment’s Model 200 HD Driver and a light crew to install 12-inch diameter helical piles from APE Piling products.

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Piling Industry News

GFL to acquire Deep Foundations Group of Companies GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL) announced Feb. 9, 2018 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the parent of Deep Foundations Contractors Inc. and its subsidiary corporations (the Deep Group). Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including certain regulatory approvals and other consents. GFL and the Deep Group will work together to obtain the required approvals and consents and expect to close the transaction in the second quarter of 2018. For more than 45 years, the Deep Group has delivered successful foundation piling and shoring work for its clients on a wide range of projects in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, including the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan and the Bayview and Avenue Stations on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rapid Transit project in Toronto, Ont. "Built on a culture of safety first, quality workmanship and a committed employee and management team, the Deep Group will complement GFL's existing shoring and foundation capabilities. The Deep Group and its employees bring expertise and processes that GFL expects to build upon as we move to expand the footprint of our infrastructure and soil remediation division into other parts of Canada," said Patrick Dovigi, GFL's founder and chief executive officer. "We are excited to welcome the Deep Group and its employees to the GFL team." GFL, headquartered in Toronto, Ont., is a diversified environmental services company providing a comprehensive line of solid

waste, infrastructure and soil remediation and liquid waste management services through its platform of facilities across Canada and in southeastern Michigan. GFL has a workforce of more than 5,000 employees and provides its broad range of environmental services to more than 80,000 commercial and industrial customers and its solid waste collection services to more than 2.5 million households.

Forward-looking Information This release may contain forward-looking information including but not limited to the completion of the acquisition of the Deep Group, the regulatory approvals and other consents required to consummate the acquisition of the Deep Group, the integration and strategic fit of the Deep Group with GFL's existing operations, the benefits of the Deep Group acquisition, including with respect to the expansion of GFL's footprint of its infrastructure and soil remediation division in other parts of Canada and GFL's performance and service offerings following completion of the Deep Group acquisition. Such forwardlooking information is based on certain assumptions and analysis made by GFL in light of its experience and perception of current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to GFL's expectations and predictions is subject to market conditions and a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from GFL's expectations. l

Canadian Construction Association concerned by delays in infrastructure investment, encouraged by skills training support The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is concerned by the implications on infrastructure spending from the federal government’s Budget 2018 announcement in March, while it supports the government’s recognition that the construction industry, like many other sectors, is facing significant labour challenges. “Canada’s aging infrastructure combined with the need to keep pace with Canada’s growth require the promised funding and timelines by the government,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president. “This stimulus funding creates jobs in local communities while improving the overall quality of life of residents.” The industry has also championed support for increased investment in skills training and better alignment with post secondary institutions. “Construction is increasingly a technology-forward industry. From the use of drones to 3D printers and autonomous vehicles, we need technology-savvy and ready-to-work employees,” Van Buren said. “We are happy that the government is recognizing the major labour 6 PIC Magazine • June 2018

shortage that the industry will face over the next few years and supporting training.” Chris McNally, CCA chair, said the construction industry is trying to bring in new workers and that the CCA looks forward to working with the government on initiatives that would move the needle in the right direction. “The new apprenticeship programs for underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities and visible minorities, are positive,” McNally said. “In addition, as proposed in our pre-budget submission last fall, we would like to see some programs that would supply robust financial support to employers that provide apprenticeship training and for those in the STEM industries.” Canadian Construction Association is the national voice for the construction industry in Canada representing over 20,000 member firms in an integrated structure of some 63 local and provincial construction associations. Construction employs close to 1.4 million people and generates about $120 billion to the economy annually. l


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Piling Industry News

Equipment Sales & Service Ltd. expands its drilling and foundation business with Selix acquisition Equipment Sales & Service Ltd. (ESS) has announced it acquired Selix Equipment Inc. in 2017. "ESS is extremely excited about this acquisition,” Morgan Cronin, President of ESS, said in an Oct. 20, 2017 statement. “It is a perfect fit for our growth strategy and will expand our footprint across Canada.” In addition, Cronin said, the core skills of Selix personnel will greatly enhance the company’s ability to sell and support the Soilmec line of equipment that it represents. Cronin welcomes Selix into the ESS Corporate Group. Selix's Mario Roussel said the acquisition benefits both sides. "Selix is ready to move to the next level and become a dominant player in the foundation and drilling industry,” Roussel said. “Our relationship with ESS will be a major asset in accomplishing that objective." Founded in 1946 and ranked one of Canada's oldest and most established equipment companies, ESS has kept Canada's heavy equipment up and running for over 70 years. ESS provides multi-line customer solutions for heavy equipment, parts and service from

Equipment Sales & Service Ltd., a premier heavy equipment distributor, expands its drilling and foundation business by acquiring Ottawa based Selix Equipment Inc. (CNW Group/Equipment Sales & Service Ltd.).

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vik, GEAX and ICE. Based in Ottawa, Ont., Selix has an established Canadian market presence and has experienced rapid growth since it was established in 2011. For further information contact Morgan Cronin, president, at 1-800-268-0679 or www.essltd.com. l

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Eight in one go: A Liebherr entourage in Moscow

Seven duty cycle crawler cranes and one piling and drilling rig LRB 255. Fensma, the contractor, is relying on Liebherr during the execution of the project.

Red Square: The stage of Russian history and pulsating centre of Moscow. Just 40 minutes away, a new bus terminal is being developed on the Sholkovskoye Chaussee – 11 storeys of modern glass design. An attractive selection of shopping and entertainment facilities is elegantly combined with the bus terminal in an architectural complex. Approximately 1,600 bus services are expected daily carrying 15,000 passengers per day and at peak times 1,000 passengers per hour. This underlines the importance of a good public transport infrastructure in the Russian metropolis. Designed by the architect Werner Sobek, the contractor Fensma is executing the project with Liebherr equipment. Deep foundation work for the new building is being carried out by a fleet of eight Liebherr machines including seven duty cycle crawler cranes with lifting capacities between 70 and 120 t, and one piling and drilling rig type LRB 255. Cast-in-place slurry walls with a total of 310,000 m² and 3,500 t of reinforcement cages are being installed as a lining wall for the foundation pit. For this purpose, two carrier machines are fitted with hydraulic grabs and four with mechanical grabs. These are applied as necessary and are interchanged between the duty cycle crawler cranes. The slurry wall has a maximum depth of 52 m and is 80 cm thick. Excavation of one bite with a length of 2,800 mm takes 18 hours. A delivery pipe is used for filling the concrete. In ad10 PIC Magazine • June 2018

dition to the slurry wall, the deep foundation fleet from Liebherr is inserting 154 individual barrette piles for foundations. One barrette has a depth of 52 m and a volume of 110 m³ concrete. A total of 800 t of steel is being installed.

Quick and high quality: “Liebherr is helping us” After a construction period of only two years, the new complex is due to be completed in 2019. The local contractor, Fensma, is not only confronted with this time constraint, but also difficult soil conditions: loam, sand, clay and groundwater. Under these conditions, it is particularly challenging to achieve the necessary verticality of the slurry wall. However, Fensma specializes in the realization of urban building projects and is relying on the quality and service of Liebherr construction machinery and customer service during the execution in two respects. “We build quickly and in high quality and Liebherr is helping us,” said Sergey S. Dyachkov, CEO of Fensma. Efficiency and economy both play an important role. A diesel consumption of only 23 l per hour for the HS 8100 HD, the newest machine in the fleet used by Fensma, is a clear statement. The costs for the modern glass complex amount to EU€73 million, or C$113 million. One fifth of these costs are attributed to the deep foundation work. l


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The new SR-65 EVO Born smart for high performance

Soilmec revealed the all-new SR-65 EVO at

re-worked geometry that features the smart-

making the rig capable of easily overcoming

the IFCEE 2018 show in Orlando, Fla., her-

est transport configuration, a new range of

the most difficult situations.

alding the next step in the medium-size rigs

rotary head and updated electronic system.

A particular attention has been given to

market. As with all the new blue line rigs, the

With a total weight of 71 US tons, the new

the design of the rotary and of the crowd

latest SR-65 is inspired by the concept design

rig has been thought for its ease of installa-

system, available both in the cylinder version

that highlights simplified structures, smooth

tion and the rapid start-up on site; in fact,

and the winch one. The rotary head is flat,

proportions, high performance and an array

it can be transported with the kelly bar still

compact and lightweight with a maximum

of futuristic details. The SR-65 is born to do

mounted on the mast. It is powered by a

torque of 190,660 lbft that allows to work

its best in LDP segmental casing technology

diesel engine Cummins QSL9 that is able to

with high performances even in the pres-

and very deep CFA piles, achieving these tar-

provide a power of 350 HP and can also be

ence of rocks and very compact soils. Then,

gets by using a compact structure, a heavily

set up to offer a power surplus up to 380 HP,

regarding the discharge of waste, the cus-

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tomer can choose either the spin-off Soilmec system (it leverages the cinematic energy generated by the high-rotation speed, up to 135 rpm, and is unparalleled when using the auger) or the new click-click system, which is very efficient using the bucket and especially in very cohesive soils. The cylinder crowd system, with an extraction power of 63,000 lbf, is equipped with a double positioner on the drilling mast. This allows usage of all the available track with both large-diameter tools (working under the lower part of the mast) and long casings. The rig can also be equipped with the winch crowd system that can offer a track of more than 16 m and most of all a power of 74,200 lbf, that is perfect to execute cased piles through the rotary. The design of the machine is solid and compact too. The tail swing radius is just 12.3 ft and these features allow the SR-65 EVO to mount telescopic kelly bars of 54 ft in order to reach a maximum excavation depth of 256 ft with friction bars and 205 ft with mechanic locking bars. Soilmec's medium-size model will be more 14 PIC Magazine • June 2018

dynamic and stronger than its predecessors, according to insiders at the company’s headquarters in Cesena. "The SR-65 EVO represented an ambitious challenge for our team of developers,” said Alessandro Ditillo, large diameter pile product line manager. “This new product has in some way tested all our competencies and skills, since the goal was to make a real jewel of technology. The degree of innovation we reached during this project makes the SR-65 EVO, with all its features, a unique machine in the actual landscape of the equipment for foundation engineering.” One feature above all, Ditillo said, the SR65 EVO can be transported with the kelly mounted on the machine, with a total weight under 71 US tons and height under 11.4 ft. This is a mission impossible that the Soilmec developers’ team was able to complete with reduced size, compactness and state-of-the-art functionality. Power, rotary torque and minimal noise impact make this rig best-in-class in its segment. Rapidity, efficiency, transportability, power and control – these are all synonyms for Soil-

mec SR-65 EVO,” Ditillo said. “It’s a clear distinction for all, state-of-the-art in the foundation technology, useful, easy and powerful or, in a few words, really innovative." Marco Chiarabelli, Soilmec North America director, said the SR-65 EVO stands out as a unique rig in its segment. “Soilmec managed to co-ordinate as well as possible transportability, power and versatility,” Chiarabelli said. “The machine can be moved with the kelly still mounted on so, when it gets to the job site, it can start working in less than 30 minutes. In terms of torque, pull up and clearance, the SR-65 EVO ranks on top among the available options in the market and represents the ideal choice for the execution of the segmental casing technology and CFA (augered cast piles). The modular mast engineered for this unit allows to set the machine in LHR configuration by simply removing the upper element thus reducing the overall height to just 27.8 ft. Soilmec believes that the SR-65 EVO is the best answer for all the contractors looking for performance and versatility." l


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Building a village for the world By Janet M. Himstead

Bermuda is a small island nation composed of 181 islands totaling just over 54 square km inhabited by over 60,000 residents. In December 2014, the America’s Cup Event Authority announced that Bermuda had been selected to host the America’s Cup in June 2017. In conjunction with a Royal Caribbean International cruise line project to dredge the North Channel, the West End Development Corp. began planning efforts to create nine acres of new land inside the southeastern corner of the existing breakwater. Thus, creating an island within the existing Royal Navy Dockyard basin. This area housed the event village for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. The new land provided a viewing area for the races in nearby Great Sound. The event village was home to activities associated with the sailing tournament, including all the team bases, a pit row, food and beverage venues and entertainment/concerts. The plan included a boat yard with multiple dry storage racks, two parking areas, access roads, utilities and several buildings serving as offices for the port and marine. The fill area also included a dock specifically for tugs and ferries. The northern side of the breakwater houses a marina with 68 berths. Now that the event has passed, the reclaimed land area is a valuable waterfront resource for the dockyards area. The first part of the project involved relocation of nearly 107,040 cubic m of sand onto a shallow plateau to begin the creation of the land. Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC relocated the sand within the site to create the fill area. Another 122,330 cubic m of four-inch minus granite was transported to the site from Canada. A new seawall was needed to optimize the fill quantities and to create a new quay wall within the Dockyard’s basin. The seawall, measur16 PIC Magazine • June 2018

ing approximately 411 linear m, was needed on two sides of the land reclamation area. A traditional tied-back combi-wall was initially proposed for the site, taking into consideration the height of the wall and the variable soil conditions at the site. However, because of deep layers of soft marine sediment and a zone of exposed limestone bedrock, the combi-wall system was an expensive solution requiring staged construction and underwater pile socketing. Skyline Steel connected Cashman Dredging with PND Engineers to develop value engineering alternatives for the project’s seawall. PND proposed using an OPEN CELL sheet pile bulkhead as a value-engineering alternative for the project. The OPEN CELL system utilizes flat-web sheet piles and simple steel connectors to create a robust retaining wall consisting of linked steel face arcs. The OPEN CELL design provided a cost savings of nearly $5 million dollars off Cashman’s initial bid of $27.7 million. The system is well suited for a variety of site conditions, including the weak soils and the shallow bedrock encountered at the Royal Navy Dockyards. This project included a total of 36 cells. The maximum height from mudline to surface was around 13.5 m, while sheets varied in length from 13.7 to 18.3 m. The design surcharge was 200 psf with an allowable high-loading condition of 400 psf. The OPEN CELL bulkhead was coated with a glass-flake coal-tar epoxy coating and supplemental anodes for long-term corrosion protection in the salt water environment. Finally, the bulkhead was capped with a straight-line concrete surface to match the existing surfaces within the basin. The seawall was constructed over a period of four months and was completed in July 2016 in time to begin staging the America’s Cup race. l


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27.56

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78

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Keller tackles complex subway works

The $5.3 billion Eglinton Crosstown line is Toronto’s largest-ever light rapid transit expansion. Playing a vital role, Keller in Canada is providing technically-complex supporting works on the line’s largest and busiest interchange. Running 19 km east to west – including a 10-km underground stretch – the Crosstown line will greatly improve Toronto’s public transportation system. The line is set to feature around 25 stations, the largest and busiest of which will be Eglinton interchange. It’s here that Keller’s Ontario office (formerly Geo-Foundations and now Keller) is constructing a temporary excavation support shoring wall, enabling the construction of a new subway station. The estimated two-and-a-half-year design-and-build project was awarded by 18 PIC Magazine • June 2018

Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), a partnership of four major general contractors, in 2016. The Keller team started on site in April 2017.

A challenging site “As one of Canada’s busiest intersections, this project required a well-thought-out design,” said project manager Sean Morrisroe. “We’re providing excavation support adjacent to and directly below an existing subway line [the north-south Yonge line], which is remaining in operation while we’re on site.” Above ground during surface works, busy Eglinton Avenue is also staying open, with two of the four lanes closed. The surface works include a 30-m-deep secant pile wall, soldier piles and lagging,

40-m-deep structural caissons and jet grouting where utilities intersect the secant pile wall. It also includes the construction of a traffic deck to maintain vehicle flow throughout the project lifecycle. The project is presenting numerous challenges, but the team is meeting each one head on. Firstly, the 300-m-long site, so close to a live subway, heavy road traffic, pedestrians, utilities and overhead power lines, has required careful safety and logistical planning. Secondly, movement criteria for the existing subway during the works is extremely stringent: less than two mm. Keller has involved the country’s premier shoring engineering firm to carry out the support of excavation design, and has invested in cuttingedge deviation control monitoring devices


for each of the drill rigs as well as surveying equipment to achieve the tight installation tolerances. This has enabled the piles to be placed with pinpoint accuracy, speeding up the subsequent deck construction.

A toolkit of technologies Morrisroe said the most difficult challenge is that the sequence of works is constantly changing, as the client continues to seek approval for different areas of the project. “That means we’re having to be very adaptable and willing to change our plans at short notice,” he said. “Good communication is the key. We have site team meetings every day, plus weekly management meetings to plan ahead. We also meet regularly with the client and other subcontractors so we don’t impact on each other’s work.” Once the surface works are completed on both sides of the road, deep excavation will begin. This subsurface work includes lateral bracing and soil anchors adjacent to the existing subway line, in addition to lowheadroom vertical and inclined jet grouting, shotcrete and soil nails directly below. Morrisroe said it’s this broad “toolkit of technologies, unrivalled by our competitors in Canada, that enabled us to win and carry out the work”.

Sri Lanka, China and Canada,” he said. “I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity of working with such young talented engineers.” He’s also pleased that the project has led to a money-saving innovation for Keller: reusable polystyrene guide wall forms that Morrisroe said have saved “hundreds of thousands of dollars”. Last but certainly not least, Morrisroe is particularly proud of the team’s safety record. The client has given Keller the highest safety audit score among all contractors on the en-

tire Crosstown line project for three quarters running – including two scores of 98 per cent. The team received a letter of recognition and a prize from CTS praising Keller’s outstanding job and thanking everyone for their commitment to the company’s Life Saving Rules initiative. It’s further proof, if any was needed, that when it comes to incredibly complex, highprofile projects, Keller has the expertise, flexibility and breadth of techniques to get the job done safely. l

Global expertise Being part of a global business has also been hugely advantageous. “I was on Keller’s Global Engineers Programme and had the chance to visit different parts of the organization,” Morrisroe said. “I made a lot of contacts, so I was able to speak to colleagues I’d met in Australia to help with the quality assurance, and in Austria and Germany to help with jet grouting, a technique that’s still fairly new here. We also contacted our colleagues at Case Foundation for advice on the instrumentation we needed to measure deviation during the installation of the secant pile wall.” Morrisroe is delighted with how well the project is running and praised the efforts of his colleagues. “The engineering management team is extremely diverse and made up of guys from Piling Industry Canada • June 2018 19


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Anatomy of an auger By Vincent Jue When you have been in the industry for as long as Champion Equipment, the pressure of keeping current in your industry can be overwhelming. If there is anything we have learned in six decades, it is that if you are leading the industry, you drive the innovation. Champion Equipment is hands down, the number one source for drilling tools and equipment in the country. Our proven track record is apparent in drill sites all over the world, as our tools are responsible for some of the most impressive drilling in the industry. We realize, however, that most of our success is due to the loyalty of our customers. Of course, it helps when you find a design that works – that’s when they tend to build loyalty. It is these loyal business owners that keep coming back year after year, that make what we do truly worthwhile.

Teeth An often overlooked part of an auger, drilling bucket or a coring tool are the teeth and bits. The teeth and bits almost exclusively provide the ground contact required for digging. The ease at which the bits chew through the material is due to the design, and design matters. At Champion Equipment, we stock a wide variety of teeth and tooth configurations. The true test of an auger, or any other digging tool, is the mounting of the tooth. Dirt augers tend to have a flat tooth that is reminiscent of an excavator or backhoe bucket. The tooth may be tipped with a carbide inlay for better wear. The extra cost of these teeth is worth it, as they last much longer than hardened teeth. A dirt setup generally includes a bit that features conical teeth or a centering bit in the middle. Conical teeth are used when rock is going to be encountered. Typically, conical teeth are mounted at a much more downward


angle than the flat dirt teeth. Rock teeth are generally much more tool-like in nature than hardened flat teeth. First of all, they are shaped specifically for tearing and breaking rock, whereas flat teeth are engineered for scraping and digging. The cutting area is more spread out for precise control of the hole. Conical teeth are, many times, set into a circular mount. This allows for the tooth to rotate producing a grinding action that increases the ease of getting through hard rock. If you have ever tried to drill with a dull drill bit, even on a small scale, you know that the tip is one of the most critical parts of the process. The tooth configuration is directly responsible for the quality of our job. Choose the right tooth for the job, and while most teeth will perform in a variety of conditions, save yourself the extra work and pick the right tooth the first time. Champion Equipment has experts on staff that are ready and willing to help you answer any questions about tooth selection you may have. If you need a specialized, custom tooth or configuration for a job, Champion can engineer the ideal auger with the perfect tooth set up. We perform these services in-house to save you money and cut out the middleman.

Equipment, we have developed a design that allows for greater strength when drilling, preventing downtime and costly repairs.

The connector The connector of the auger, located where the auger attaches to the drill pipe, is designed to provide a failsafe connection between the rig and the auger. Mounting configurations can vary dramatically between manufacturers and at Champion Equipment, we can retrofit any old or new auger to fit your machine. The structural integrity of the connector is

critical to avoid losing your auger in a hole, costing time and money. We can custom engineer a specialized connector for you. At Champion Equipment, we could go on for hours about augers and we take great pride in providing our customers with the finest product available. When we sell you a piece of drilling equipment, we see it as a newly-formed partnership, and you can always count on us. Get started on your summer order today. Visit www.championequipment.com for more information. l

Flights Auger flights are the backbone of any auger. The flights are critical to the efficient operation of the auger and provide a degree of support for the teeth. For the auger to perform as it should, the flight must be a continuous spiral, able to carry away the displaced material without clogging up. The flights generally have little to do with the digging action itself, but with compacting the sides of the hole and keeping the hole from collapsing. The angle of the flights is critical to the strength of the auger itself and providing downforce for effective drilling. The rise of continuous flight auger in the U.S. has prompted Champion Equipment to develop its own proprietary designs. The continuous flight auger is specialized and we can either provide the tool you need or we can build you a specialized meticulously-engineered auger to fit your needs. A critical component of the continuous flight auger is the connector and the connector fittings. At Champion

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APE drills in the wilderness of B.C.

To replace the Mugaha Creek bridge, project managers took advantage of the strengths of the APE HD System: versatility, accessibility into low access terrain and use of light crews and equipment.

Within its scope of responsibilities, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development manages thousands of km of roads. When several bridges came under consideration for replacement, the ministry weighed multiple factors, both geotechnical and structural, relating to decisions affecting materials, environment, economics, lifespan and construction schedule. Of the environmental considerations, noise disturbance and contamination prevention was a primary factor. On a remote access road just 15 km north of Mackenzie, a community of less than 4,000 people in B.C.’s central interior, one of the bridges spanning across a body of water known as Mugaha Creek was among those determined for replacement. The term access road is applied loosely here as the remote location of the project and the need for small crews and versatile equipment played a significant role in the decision of equipment and material. With the Mugaha Creek bridge project’s environmental factors, access factors including the allowance of the size and 24 PIC Magazine • June 2018

With the Mugaha Creek bridge project’s environmental factors, installation of HD Piles from APE via excavator-mounted APE HD Drivers met the necessary accessibility and environmental challenges.

amount of equipment needed to perform this work, installation of HD Piles from APE via excavator-mounted APE HD Drivers met the necessary accessibility and environmental challenges. Following contractor Nahanni Construction’s demolition and removal of the retired bridge and trenching, the installation of the foundation piles began. Dean Price, Nahanni’s owner, orchestrated the equipment location and schedule. At 100 per cent hands on, the project managers took advantage of the strengths of the APE HD System: versatility, accessibility into low access terrain and use of light crews and equipment. Heli-Con Helical Construction Solutions Ltd. was the subcontractor that performed the installation of the HD Pile and ran its first APE HD Pile installation for this project without issue. The 12-inch diameter APE HD Piles were installed up to 60 ft through clay and cobble to compact shale and gravel that torqued out at around 150,000 ft lbs. With no welded splicing or pinning, the production moved quickly, installing pile after pile without any down time. No unsafe zoom booms or man lifts

were needed and the selection of the pile system proved the right choice. “We have had the opportunity to place helical piles for a forestry resource bridge,” said Dean Wood owner of Heli-Con. “With the help and guidance of APE Drilling and APE Piling products we stepped up our game using their HD Pile system and their HD 200 equipment on our 349 Cat excavator. We easily accomplished the piling works. APE is a pleasure to work with and has an excellent system.” In 2017, Wood was certified as an HD Driver Equipment operator and HD Piling Products installer. Earlier this year Heli-Con presented several demonstrations to interested clients, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Roy Keery of Keery Consulting in Prince George B.C. was the engineer for the project ready with a vast knowledge of foundation design and screw pile work. His experience made the project operate in a very systematic and timely fashion, realizing significant production gains for the project and proving the scheduling advantages that can be realized from this foundation installation method. l


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ECA reigns in 100 years in business The evolution of a global foundation equipment distributor By Brian M. Fraley, Fraley Construction Marketing PKF-Mark III rents an RTG RM 20 pile driving rig from ECA on the Pennsylvania Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project near Philadelphia in 2016 and 2017.

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), a prominent distributor of specialty foundation construction equipment, celebrated 100 years as a third-generation familyowned business in March 2018. During that time, ECA has morphed from a small purveyor of First World War surplus equipment to a large international dealer for the most advanced foundation equipment in the world. The ECA story is one of weathering poor economic conditions, adapting to changing trends, acquiring the best in foundation equipment, treating customers with respect and giving employees the freedom to excel within a flat organizational structure.

The early days ECA was formed in 1918 through the consolidation of three Chicago-based companies that had come together to remanufacture post First World War surplus equipment. They assembled a fleet of construction, material handling and industrial equipment under the identity of Equipment Corporation of America. Len Kern was hired as a secretary in the typing pool at the Pittsburgh, Pa. location in 1921. As he climbed through the ranks, the firm increased its focus on pile driving equipment. By 1959, Len strategically bought out 54 shareholders since being hired and took control of operations, marking the start of ECA’s reign as a family-owned business. ECA specialized in repairing and refurbishing used equipment and then renting and selling it during Len’s tenure. His son, Al, changed course. Al had studied civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and applied that knowledge on the construction and maintenance of cellular piers in Florida and Hawaii just after the Korean War. He came to ECA in 1962 and took the helm when Len died in 1965. Under his leadership, 26 PIC Magazine • June 2018


ECA built relationships with manufacturers and began distributing new equipment. Al also focused on customer service and expanding the firm’s locations. Al’s son Roy would take things to a new level, transforming ECA into a global distributor. Roy and his brother Dennis had gotten a taste of the equipment business working as mechanic’s helpers during high school. Although Roy asserted his independence by working as a financial analyst at Chicago’s Container Corporation of America, he returned to ECA in 1986 to sell equipment. Armed with an MBA, a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, hands-on financial experience and an outgoing personality, he was positioned to take ECA to the next level as CEO in 2000.

Empowering employees in a flat organization While ECA’s success has unfolded under the leadership of the Kern family, Roy defers the credit to his team. “I'm more of a consensus builder than a top down leader,” he said. “They (employees) all have skill sets and talents and it’s important to let that shine, prosper from it, and allow people to do their thing." Roy’s father had a similar leadership style. ECA president Ben Dutton experienced this mindset when Al gave him the reins of the Philadelphia branch as a “29-year-old kid.” His counterparts in Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Bill Rose and Pete Schell, were afforded the same level of authority.

ECA was formed in 1918 through the consolidation of three Chicago-based companies that had come together to remanufacture post First World War surplus equipment.

Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. line up three bauer drilling rigs for kelly drilling on an office building project in Charlotte, N.C. in 2015. J.T. Cleary drives H-piles on a loading platform emergency repair project in Brooklyn with a new HPSI MODEL 500 vibratory pile hammer supplied by ECA’s New York/New Jersey location in 2017.

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The ECA team gathers at Coraopolis, Pa. headquarters for the 2018 annual sales meeting.

“I think that philosophy still exists, Ben said. “People come here and stay because they know they are respected at all levels, not just at the top management.” ECA’s branch managers to this day help shape personnel, organizational, and marketing decisions. A common theme among the ECA team is a recognition and appreciation that the foundation construction business allows them to be part of something bigger. Roy

ticks off a seemingly never-ending list of projects for which ECA supplied foundation equipment: World Trade Center, Vietnam Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Hoover Dam, Washington Metro System, the Big Dig, the Toronto subway system, and nearly every stadium east of the Mississippi. “We've been all over the place and it’s very gratifying to look at that finished product and realize that we provided the equipment,” Roy said.

ECA goes well beyond the standard safety committee meeting to keep its people safe as well. "Safety has always been really important to us,” Roy said, “but we doubled our efforts in recent years and hired a safety consultant. We put our money where our mouth is.” The safety consultant conducted an indepth assessment of ECA’s nine facilities. The results were turned into a comprehensive safety plan and a manual for all employees. ECA’s investment in safety has not gone unnoticed. The firm earned the coveted

ECA’s investment in safety has not gone unnoticed. The firm earned the coveted BAUER Manufacturing Regional Service Center Certification Award in 2017.

BAUER Manufacturing Regional Service Center Certification Award in 2017. Among the criteria considered in this rigid audit of its six service facilities was updated safety equipment. In 2016, ECA Canada was recognized by ADSC-IAFD for achieving a zeroincidence rate in the Less Than 50,000 Man Hours Worked category.

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ECA earned a reputation for strategic expansion by opening new locations in the eastern United States and Canada and partnering with leading manufacturers of foundation equipment around the world.

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Evolving into a global drilling equipment leader "What has helped the company over the last 100 years is our ability to evolve,” said Roy. ECA spent the first part of the century providing and rebuilding First World War surplus equipment such as boilers, steam locomotives, steam hammers, hoists and derricks. As electric and diesel supplanted steam, ECA shifted its equipment lines to stay current. ECA earned a reputation for strategic expansion by opening new locations in the eastern United States and Canada and partnering with leading manufacturers of foundation equipment around the world. Its lineup reads like a who’s who in global foundation equipment: BAUER Maschinen, KLEMM Bohrtechnik, Gilbert Products, ALLU, BAUERPileco, Betek, HPSI, Dawson, MAT, WORD International, Berminghammer and Prakla. The firm has amassed nine locations including Pittsburgh, Pa.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; New York/New Jersey; Boston, Mass.; Greensboro, N.C.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Toronto, Ont. This diversification has helped ECA to thrive by allowing the shuttling of equipment between locations to meet changing regional market demands. 30 PIC Magazine • June 2018

ECA expects all employees to stay on top of industry trends. “One of the things we look for in our employees, especially outside salespeople, is to keep a pulse on the industry and keep management informed,” Roy said. “That's actually written into their job descriptions.” ECA’s drilling equipment specialty was born under Al Kern. “I give my dad credit for getting us involved in the drilling industry in the 1980s before it was popular,” Roy said. “He got a head start, especially with small-diameter drilling." Roy tapped then-vice-president of sales and marketing Ben Dutton prior to 2000 to discuss a deeper move into the international drilling market and the two spearheaded a strategy. “The first thing was to change the vision and the second thing was to really get out and build our identity in the new industry we were going to develop,” Ben said. “We then filled it with key products and strong manufacturers.” Roy then faced a trial by fire scenario after becoming CEO in 2000. Air pile hammer demand in the northeast U.S. dried up unexpectedly and ECA was stuck with over 200 pieces of obsolete rental equipment. The trend had shifted rapidly toward diesel and hydraulic hammers and drilling. ECA took a hit, but managed to step up investment in drilling equipment and sell off its air hammers over time. Roy and his team recognized that the highest quality foundation equipment was being manufactured in Europe. Today ECA carries foundation equipment from several BAUER Group subsidiaries including KLEMM Bohrtechnik, RTG, BAUER-Pileco, MAT, and Prakla. That relationship started with a $5-million cheque written by Roy to professor Thomas Bauer in 2004. It was a fun memory for him and a pivotal moment for ECA as a firm. ECA’s annual trips to Germany during Oktoberfest each year have become coveted among the firm’s loyal customers. Each year, it funds and organizes the trip, which includes BAUER and KLEMM factory tours, jobsite visits and an authentic Oktoberfest experience in Munich for up to 20 customers. The ECA team relishes the camaraderie with customers and also giving them a front-row seat to watch its manufacturers in action.

Crawling north into Canada ECA was on the leading edge of the Canadian expansion by acquiring Special Construction Machines of Toronto, Ont. in 1999.


The firm immediately sold several large-diameter drilling rigs, but really gained traction in 2004 when picking up the BAUER line. ECA retained Special’s 16-year veteran Ray Kemppainen and named him branch manager, a position he holds to this day. ECA knew Canadian soils were often non-cohesive and required cased holes. “BAUER manufactures a product that revolutionized the use of segmental casing and that's how we picked up the huge market share we have in Eastern Canada,” Roy said. “It was a natural fit to bring this technology to the Canadian market and the timing was perfect.” ECA Canada covers a huge territory, distributing some product lines only in Eastern Canada, and others across the entire country. Its most popular products are BAUER BG drilling rigs and accessories, BAUER tooling and casings, KLEMM Anchor drill rigs and accessories, KLEMM tooling and casings, HSPI vibratory pile drivers and Dawson excavator mounted vibratory pile drivers and ground release shackles. Population surges fueling demand for high-rise condominiums have recently turned Toronto and areas in Quebec into a hotbed of activity for ECA’s BAUER BG drilling rigs. ECA deepened its commitment to the Canadian market in 2012 by building a new facility stocked with its full line of equipment to house 16 employees and more than $4 million in parts. It has supplied many high-profile projects, the most recent of being the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Midtown Toronto, where Deep Foundations Contractors Inc. is running several BAUER and KLEMM Drilling Rigs. Other projects of note have included Toronto-York Spadina subway extension, Toronto subway expansion, Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam, Burgoyne Bridge replacement, and Montreal’s Champlain Bridge replacement. ECA plans to maintain a steadfast commitment to Canada. The only expected change will be to eventually increase its presence in Quebec.

Selling with integrity and giving back to the industry When asked about the three keys to ECA’s success, Roy has three words: people, integrity and service. His fondest memories involve good times and friendships with customers and employees. ECA has an assertive sales team of 26 employees constantly on the move pursuing new business, but they’re known by customers for taking a subtle, helpful approach to selling equipment. ECA views customers as partners.

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“Our approach isn't to make money on the sale,” Ben said. “It's to help our customers make money.” Roy added that ECA sells high-end products to a very specific customer. “We deal with more sophisticated buyers who understand the advantages of quality,” he said. "You have to believe in the quality that's there, and we've proven that time and again, so most of our sales are repeat business." This philosophy carries over to how ECA services equipment. "We've always had a policy: we fix equipment first and then we worry about the money,” Roy said. “In other words, we focus on getting the customer up and running regardless of who is responsible for the machinery being down.” Staying current with evolving technologies on the market’s most sophisticated foundation equipment is ECA’s biggest challenge. It requires highly-competent employees, close manufacturer relationships and ongoing training. ECA’s in-house trainers in the areas of drilling, pile driving and small-diameter drilling are coached by its manufacturers. They, in turn, conduct training for fellow employees and customers. At a time when many trade associations lament over declining participation, ECA has multiple employees giving back to the industry. You can find them serving in virtually every capacity in associations such as the ADSC-IAFD, Deep Foundations Institute, Pile Driving Contractors Association and Associated Equipment Distributors. “One of our values is to promote and enhance the industry and we work hard at doing that,” Roy said. “Our main avenues are providing customer feedback to our manufacturers to keep them at the cutting edge of technology, and also being active members in the trade organizations that affect our industry."

The future of ECA Roy is not so bold as to make predictions about ECA’s future, but he has a pragmatic understanding of why the firm is rocketing past the 100-year mark. ECA has evolved into a large and complex enterprise over the past century, but Roy has not lost sight of its greatest achievements: long-term employees, relationships with customers and manufacturers and the ability to adapt and survive. He also recognizes the importance of succession planning from the corporate office to the branches. As he thinks back to 1921 when his grandfather worked in ECA’s typing pool, Roy believes Len would be enamored by the quality and quantity of his employees, business savvy technical advances and financial position. “I would hope that the company continues to take care of its customers and employees and adapts in any way it needs to,” he said. “I'd like to believe we would be at the cutting edge of technology and remain very service and customer oriented." Based on the past 100 years of ECA’s history, the odds are high that he will be right. l


Updates from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Zey Emir takes Canadian Construction Association’s helm for its centennial year On March 15, 2018, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) appointed Zey Emir as chair of the 2018 board of directors at its annual general meeting in Banff, Alta. Emir takes over the position from Chris McNally, director of C & M McNally Engineering Corp. Emir is president of Revay and Associates Limited, a dispute resolution and project management provider to the construction industry in Canada and internationally. She is a professional engineer and holds an MBA from McGill University. Emir has over 25 years of experience specializing in construction claims and dispute resolution, as well as contracting strategies. She has been recognized as

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Data shows young construction workers less likely to wear hearing protection Nearly a quarter of young workers in construction in B.C. report not wearing hearing protection WorkSafeBC data from 2016 indicates young construction workers are less likely to wear hearing protection at work compared to other age groups in the same industry. In addition, young workers in construction are less likely to wear hearing protection compared to young workers in other industries, such as manufacturing and primary resources. Among construction workers age 21 or younger, 24 per cent reported not wearing hearing protection as compared to 13 per cent of workers over the age of 50 and 11 percent of workers in all other age groups. The data was collected in 2016 from more than 160,000 hearing tests conducted by B.C. employers as part of hearing loss prevention programs. “Noise-induced hearing loss needs to be taken very seriously,” said Sasha Brown, WorkSafeBC occupational audiologist. “It can be caused

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The cost of a single ground-disturbance strike How much does it cost when a buried cable or pipeline is struck during a ground disturbance activity? On average, the societal cost of a single ground-disturbance event is $100,000. According to the 2015 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) report, this average is based on more than 4,500 damage events reported across the three western provinces (Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.) at an estimated societal direct cost of up to $525 million.

When are most strikes reported? Most damage events occur in the summer months from July through October. Now is the time to ensure your employees are appropriately trained. Making sure that all employees are aware of the potential hazards of a ground disturbance at any depth can save you time, money and effort.

What can you do? Appropriate training for all employees that work in and around ground disturbance projects is the critical first step towards damage prevention. The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) has developed training best practices based on industry input and on the DIRT report findings. The standard’s purpose is to improve education to prevent and mitigate damage events. One key best practice noted in the standard is the concept of “zero depth.” It recommends that whenever the ground surface is broken, regardless of the depth (“zero depth”), controls must be implemented to prevent damage. Zero depth, along with other ground disturbance best practices, have been consolidated into the ABCGA ground disturbance for supervisors’ standard (known in the past as Level 2, and now known as 201). This standard defines the training requirements supervisors need to promote effective ground disturbance practices and damage prevention. The ABCGA endorsement of a ground disturbance for supervisors training course provides peace of mind for employers, purchasers of ground disturbance services and operators of buried facilities. The ground disturbance community can be confident that certificate holders have received consistent and accurate information that meets the industry-approved standard.

What is DIRT? DIRT is the result of the efforts of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to gather meaningful data about buried asset damage events. An event is defined as “the occurrence of downtime, damages and near misses.” DIRT allows industry stakeholders to submit data anonymously to a comprehensive database that is used to analyze the factors leading to events. The Western Canada 2015 DIRT Re-

port provides detailed analyses and recommendations relating to the buried asset damage events reported in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Next Steps for Employers 1. Ensure that you have a ground disturbance code of practice. 2. Ensure that your employees receive the appropriate training. 3. Ensure that you submit a locate request and have all buried facilities marked prior to beginning any ground disturbance project (zero depth is a best practice). 4. In the unfortunate event that you do damage, or nearly damage, a buried pipe or cable, complete an anonymous DIRT report so that we as an industry can create better safety practices for the future.

About SafetyVantage The SafetyVantage founders have been members of the ABCGA (previously Alberta Damage Prevention Council) for more than nine years. Throughout our involvement, we have been strong proponents of, and active participants in, the development of an online course standard for the industry. With a continuously changing industry, companies must look at new and innovative ways to cut costs and improve employee empowerment and engagement. Online training enables companies to significantly lower costs per trainee, provides anytime-anywhere access to content, results in better content retention and eases the deployment of training to a large workforce. SafetyVantage provides multi-course subscriptions (including ground disturbance for supervisors) starting at as little at $5 per employee per month. More information on the SafetyVantage subscription plans can be found at SafetyVantage.com. l This story was previously published on SafetyVantage’s website, SafetyVantage.com. LEGAL DISCLAIMER: SafetyVantage provides information about topical OH&S issues to assist existing and potential customers to cope with their own OH&S needs. SafetyVantage believes that the information and guidelines provided are consistent with industry practices at the time the information was compiled. It is not intended to be legal information or legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your situation. Piling Industry Canada • June 2018 37


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Piling Industry Canada Issue 1 2018  
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