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The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) recently launched its Women's Advancement Project in St. John's, Newfoundland. CAWIC is calling on industry employers, unions and educational partners to collaborate with CAWIC to address the shortage of skilled trades in Canada by promoting the entry and advancement of women into leadership roles within the construction industry.

Earlier this year, CAWIC was awarded a grant from the Government of Canada for $249,900 through Status of Women Canada. The grant will fund a three-year project to conduct research and develop, with collaboration from industry employers and female participants, an action plan to open doors for women's entry, retention and advancement into leadership roles within the construction industry.

CAWIC is actively seeking employer partners who share its vision to promote change and break down barriers for women in the industry, to create an action plan that makes economic sense, is realistic and attainable. Industry employers with operations in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland/Labrador have the opportunity to get directly involved in this important initiative.

Two weeklong seminars were recently held in Edmonton, Alta. to give operators a unique opportunity to increase their skills using Soilmec hydraulic drill rigs.

Soilmec certified instructors came from Italy’s Foundations Technology Academy to teach the participants state-of-the-art drilling techniques and to help them grow professionally to reach their full potential. Having skilled operators helps the participating contractors get the most from their Soilmec equipment by increasing jobsite productivity, efficiency and safety.

The special training was organized by a collaboration of the Foundation Technology Academy (part of the Trevi Group), Champion Equipment Sales, LLC and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #955. A total of 40 students participated from three Alberta-based foundation contractors: AGRA Foundations, Keller Canada and Pacer Foundations Corporation. The seminars were held at the union’s facilities.

BAUER-Pileco Inc., a leader in the sales and support of the foundation drilling industry, recently announced changes to its executive management team: 

  • Jochen Rohr, the current CEO of BAUER Manufacturing in Conroe, Texas, will also assume the CEO position of BAUER-Pileco Inc., which is in the process of moving its operations from the Berry Road facility in Houston to the Conroe, Texas facility.
  • Dan Dragone is now the new chief sales officer. Dragone will focus directly on the day-to-day operations of the sales department at BAUER-Pileco Inc. and continue to help grow annual sales. 
  • Thomas Seifert joined the Bauer team in April 2014 and is the new controller for BAUER-Pileco Inc. as well as the BAUER Manufacturing facility in Conroe, Texas. 
  • Carlos Lopez was recently hired as the parts and service manager at the Livermore, Calif. location of BAUER-Pileco Inc.

We are confident these changes will progress the company forward in sales, service and manufacturing and continue to be an industry leader. Jochen Rohr brings over 25 years of experience in the industry and is looking forward to making BAUER-Pileco Inc. and BAUER Manufacturing a stronger company under one roof as BAUER-Pileco moves to Conroe, Texas.

In Montreal, a Liebherr LRB 255 piling and drilling rig is currently being used with a double rotary drive DBA 300 for the construction of an entry shaft for tunnel excavation. This application is relatively new in North America and is being executed for the first time in Quebec.

On the island of Montreal, near the intersection of Rue Notre-Dame Est and Rue Alphonse D Roy, a tunnel with a length of four kilometres and an internal diameter of 3.6 metres is planned. After completion, it will be used as a water main reaching from Montreal to the Rosemont Reservoir on Île de Montreal. The Rosemont Reservoir was shut down in 1978 and is now being put back into service in order to ensure the supply of sufficient drinking water to the city.

Secant pile wall construction
The entry shaft for the excavation of the tunnel has an interior diameter of 11 metres and is currently being constructed with the help of an LRB 255 piling and drilling rig, owned by Centurion Fondation Inc. The entry shaft is built using a compression secant pile wall made up of 74 intersecting piles, each with a diameter of 750 mm and a length of 22 metres.

The primary piles, used as filler, are installed first. Upon drilling of the secondary piles, the rebar cage is vibrated into the pile using an electric vibrator. The piles are drilled into a previously constructed template, ensuring their exact position. The soil consists of sandy clays and sandy tills with boulders and the piles are drilled approximately half a metre into the shale bedrock.

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