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Celebrating 20 years of pile testing

By Jim Chliboyko

Twenty years have gone by quickly for Sam Salem and Fred Agharazi. The two men are the founders of AATech Scientific, an Ottawa-based pile-testing company the two formed in 1997.

In the 20 years since, AATech Scientific has morphed from a two-man operation into a lean and efficient company of over a dozen versatile and globe-trotting specialists who are well versed in a variety of techniques and who have worked in a number of countries, states and provinces on a multitude of different projects.

“[Sam and Fred] were classmates at the University of Ottawa; they acquired some experience working in the field, both together and individually, in the following years,” said Tony E. Mohammadi, a 12-year company veteran and senior project manager. (A third man, Dr. Bengt Fellenius, is also a key partner.) “Following their dream, they decided to start their own firm, which is now one of the country’s leaders in foundation engineering and testing.”

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Backed by one of the country's premier construction and infrastructure development companies, Aecon Foundations is expanding its role in Canada's piling industry

By Mark Halsall

Aecon Foundations has been installing piles for almost 50 years. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the Calgary-based company began to ramp up its deep foundation business in a really big way.

According to Lars Richter, vice-president of piling and foundations for Aecon Foundations, that’s when the company made a strong commitment to boosting its presence in the piling and shoring systems sectors.

“Before that, Aecon did a limited amount of driven piles for bridge foundation projects and the like,” he said.

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Fraste's move into Canada signals new capabilities for the foundation sector

By Kelly Gray

Fraste SPA Italy is a company born from tradition. Back in the 1960s, the company’s founder, Benito Fracca, followed the family’s vision of benchmarking products that offered tremendous utility. Launching his mechanical workshop in 1964, Fracca looked to the traditions of his family and the historic forge they operated in Maccacari near Verona, where his family made much-needed hard goods for the town. Today, Fracca’s enterprise is an Italy-based leader in innovative equipment manufacturing.

From the outset, Fracca believed he could take the tradition of his father’s village forge to a higher, more precise level and build in a more modern context. Joining forces with the Stefanini family, they formed Fraste (the company name is a blending of the two family names), a mechanical workshop dedicated to precision engineering with pioneering products.

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Viva Las Vegas!

Hello, readers!

I’m happy to bring you your Quarter 1 issue of Piling Canada for 2017. I’m even happier that I know I’ll be running into many of you at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 show in Las Vegas! I’ll be running around the show trying to see as much as I can, so tweet to me (@PilingCanada) and I’ll come visit you when I get your message. I’ll be taking photos to show off in Quarter 2 of the magazine, and I would love to see your booth or company representatives so I can include you in our photo spread. I can’t tell you enough how much I’m looking forward to attending the show!

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