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Courtesy of Doublestar DrillingWhen it comes to complicated projects, Doublestar Drilling rises to the challenge

By Judy Penz Sheluk

When Ian Hunt, president of Doublestar Drilling, purchased the company eight years ago, he believed there was a solid opportunity to grow the business. His vision was bang on. Since that

time, Hunt has tripled revenues, gone from four drill rigs to more than 20 drill rigs, and in October 2014, expanded the Edmonton headquarters to a 16,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility. But the growth doesn’t stop there. In 2011, Doublestar Drilling established a location in Regina to cover the Saskatchewan market, in a move Hunt calls, “very successful.” On May 1, 2015, they opened a third location in Calgary, complete with ten acres of property, after “aggressively pursuing the Calgary market.”

That sort of growth isn’t fostered by being satisfied with the status quo. To Hunt, this translated to significantly adding to the company’s scope of services, which now include large diameter bored piles, every type of shoring, secant and tangent piling, in-house engineering, static load testing, segmental casing, mini-piling to get into tight spaces, vibratory hammer work, crane work and CFA drilling. In 2012, Doublestar expended its fleet into micropiling and anchor installation. The company currently has a fleet of nine micro-piling machines and a fleet of 10 mobile grouting operations.

Courtesy of HoistCamOperators can now put "eyes" wherever they need them

By Barb Feldman

In 2012, a potential customer presented Chris Machut’s company with a problem: “How can tugs or towboats see what’s in front of them if they have a giant barge in front? They’re literally piloting that vessel blind,” and radar might not be able to pick up kayakers or small vessels, for example. Netarus met the customer’s challenge with the “TugCam,” a portable camera system designed to improve safety, increase situational awareness and eliminate blind spots on towboats and tugboats, even in complete darkness.

It was soon recognized that crane operators were having similar problems.

“They were relying on someone else’s eyes or other operating procedures to perform crane lifts,” said Machut. “They’d move the hook block behind a building and couldn’t see what was going on with that load.”

Over half of construction project owners experienced one or more underperforming projects in the previous year, despite confidence in project planning and controls, according to KPMG International’s 2015 Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey: Climbing the Curve. Further, project owners said only 31 per cent of their projects came within 10 per cent of budget, and just 25 per cent within 10 per cent of original deadlines in the past three years.

“As engineering and construction projects get bigger, the complexity grows exponentially,” said Geno Armstrong, global chair, Engineering & Construction and a principal with KPMG in the U.S. “The improvements by owners in planning and risk management have been significant, yet there is further work to be done to reduce the number of project failures, and bring more projects in on time and on budget.”

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) has hired Gordian Ulrich as engineering sales manager. He will be responsible for BAUER technical applications and advancement of its available technology in the Eastern United States and Canada.

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