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The evolution of Northstar Sharp's Foundation Specialist

By Deb Smith

Two of Alberta’s most respected names in deep foundations have amalgamated to form one comprehensive solution to Western Canada’s foundation construction industry: Northstar Sharp’s Foundation Specialists.

For more than 30 years, Sharp’s Construction Services Ltd. operated as a specialized sub-contractor out of Leduc, Alta. They provided foundation solutions across Canada specializing in large-diameter drilling and concrete piles. Meanwhile, established in 2005 in Clairmont, Alta., Northstar Energy Services Inc. focused on driven and helical piling, serving oil and gas, civil/industrial, commercial and the transmission and distribution industries. Looking at a total of more than 80 years of management and senior operator experience between them, it made sense for the two companies to join forces, and in February 2017, that is what they officially did.

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The Centre's three-year program is geared to making its graduates knowledgeable about the many different aspects of the pile driving industry

By Lisa Kopochinski

Although the Western Canada Piledrivers Training Centre is relatively new – it opened in 2009 – the program boasts an impressive success rate with 95 per cent of its students graduating.

When asked what has contributed to its success, Kurt Kashuba, organizer for the Pile Drivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock and Wharf Builders Local 2404 Union in Delta, which operates the Western Canada Piledrivers Training Centre, says pile driving is simply a passion – for the instructors and the apprentices.

“It’s a very specialized industry that apprentices view as a career that requires becoming qualified and achieving and possessing valid tickets and certifications at all times,” said Kashuba. “Apprentices realize that, as journeypersons, they must keep upgrading their skills. Training and safety is instilled as the culture of the piling industry if one wishes to be successful.”

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Insights from a first-time exhibitor, Champion Equipment Company

By Ian Maltz

For the first time in its 60-year history, Champion Equipment Company (CEC) descended onto Las Vegas amidst a crowd of 130,000 construction professionals and manufacturers to be a first-time exhibitor at CONEXPO, the largest construction industry trade show in North America. As with all trade shows, CEC set out to increase awareness and generate sales, but the primary goal was to engage with drilling experts to learn about their projects, hear their challenges firsthand and determine how CEC can be of service. For more than 60 years, CEC has been working with drilling contractors to custom-build tooling for virtually every type of ground condition imaginable. CEC knew that a show like CONEXPO would surface multiple stories of project challenges and that attendees could benefit from the company’s expertise.

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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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