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New piling and drilling rig from Liebherr

In June this year, Liebherr presented its new piling and drilling rig, type LRB 16, suitable for the diverse requirements of deep foundation work. It features a compact design as well as a range of available assistance systems, which ease the work on the jobsite. With a longer leader, the piling and drilling rig is also available as a LRB 18.

The LRB 16 gets its name from the sledge’s travel distance, which is approximately 16 metres. Special emphasis is on the compact design and an operating weight of barely 48t, which results in low ground pressure. The robust undercarriage offers excellent stability, which can be further increased with the optional rear supports.

Economic fuel consumption is more than just a theory with the LRB 16. Innovative hydraulic concepts play a decisive role and, despite reduced engine power, the machines achieve high performance but at the same time keep fuel consumption low. The new piling and drilling rig is installed with a Liebherr diesel engine. It has a mere 390 kW/523 hp and meets current emission regulations. In comparison to earlier models, the LRB 16 has a reduced engine speed of about 1,700 rpm.

The parallel kinematics, which have been installed in many piling and drilling rigs from Liebherr, have a large working area and enable the leader to be folded back. The rigid leader of approximately 12.5 metres absorbs high torque and is fitted with a rope crowd system for high pull forces of up to 200 kN. Furthermore, the quick connection system allows for the rapid fitting or exchange of working tools.

The LRB 16 can be easily transported in one piece, including the mounted counterweight, and has a transport weight of only 43.5 t. This ensures quick set-up on site as well as flexibility in transferring the machine between different jobsites. As an option, the complete loading and set-up processes can be carried out via remote control, which means only one person is required.

High operator comfort

Particular attention was paid to the cabin concept of the LRB 16, especially to the improvement of operator comfort. This was achieved, amongst other things, through a modern air conditioning system, an optimized view from the cabin as well as an orthopaedic operator’s seat with automatic adjustment. All switches, joysticks and pedals are ergonomically positioned. Furthermore, a roof railing and rear-view and side cameras enhance safety.

One of the most frequent applications for the LRB 16 is the installation of slurry walls with the aid of Liebherr’s vibrator type LV 20. Additionally, the machine is suitable for other common foundation work, including drilling with continuous flight auger, double rotary head or Kelly bar, soil mixing and piling work with a hydraulic hammer.

DFI announces keynote speakers for 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces four keynote speakers for the 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, being held in New Orleans, La., October 24 to 27, 2017.

David B. Paul, P.E., special assistant for dam safety with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is providing an update on the “USACE Oversight of Remediation of the World’s Highest Risk Dam.” This keynote is a continuation of a lecture that was delivered at the 2016 DFI Annual Conference in New York. Paul is responsible for managing the USACE’s portfolio of 709 dams. He is a national specialist on critical infrastructure design, dam design, levee design, construction engineering, engineering risk assessments, interim risk reduction measures (IRRM) and dam and levee safety modifications performed as part of USACE dam safety management activities.

Eric C. Halpin, P.E., special assistant for dam and levee safety for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, references Hurricane Katrina and the recent situations at Oroville Dam and Mosul Dam in the keynote lecture, “Being Approximately Right or Precisely Wrong: Risk Informed Lessons in a Standards-Based Industry.” Halpin leads safety programs for the USACE and is the senior advisor to leadership on all dam and levee safety issues and decisions. He is the primary agency safety representative on interagency, congressional and international safety organizations. His primary emphasis has been on incorporating concepts of engineering risk into all facets of safety programs.

Deborah D. Keller, P.E., CEO of D.D. Keller & Partners, is sharing insight on “Fostering Multi-Generational Work Teams.” Keller is a professional civil engineer who served as chief engineer at the Port of New Orleans for 27 years. During her 40-year career, she has directed the design and construction of nearly $1 billion in public works projects.

Ralph W. Junius, Jr., P.E., president of Linfield, Hunter & Junius, is delivering a lecture on legal issues in the industry, entitled, “The Intersection of Engineering, Construction, Litigation and Ethics.” Junius has professional experience with a wide range of infrastructure projects, including transportation, water, port and flood protection systems, as well as foundations. As a lawyer, he has served as an engineering expert in appropriate cases.

Visit www.deepfoundations2017.org for more information.

Soilmec Open House 2017

From the United States to Nigeria, from England to the United Arab Emirates, from Canada to Australia, from China to Algeria – over 1,000 people attended the Soilmec Open House 2017. Another 5,000 customers were involved through live streaming.

These are significant numbers for a three-day international event devoted mainly to the presentation of the latest, innovative technologies and services for deep foundations or soil consolidation. Latest generation machines, technologies and services with sophisticated control systems, even remotely controlled, to improve the customer’s performance.

“New products and services,” as Simone Trevisani, CEO of Soilmec, said, “That well depict the basic principles of the Industry 4.0 that Soilmec has been integrating, for some years now, into its processes to consolidate a sector leadership that dates back to almost 50 years ago.”

The Soilmec Open House opened with a conference organized in various moments in which industry experts (entrepreneurs, customers, journalists and chairmen of associations) were faced with the present and future scenarios of the world of special foundations.

The second day, however, was devoted to the “discovery” of Soilmec 4.0 through guided tours of the various “core divisions” of the company, the presentation of new machines in the test field and, above all, of the DMS 4.0 system which allows global and secure access through your Internet browser (PC, notebook, tablet or smartphone) with regard to the state, performance and location of the equipment anytime and anywhere.

The event was attended by the international network of the Soilmec Group, which includes direct branches and distributors, and covers almost 70 countries.

ECA promotes Jeff Harmston to vice president of sales and marketing

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), a distributor of foundation construction equipment, has promoted Jeff Harmston to the position of vice president of sales and marketing, which came into effect July 1, 2017.

Harmston had served as southeast regional sales manager, working out of ECA’s Greensboro, N.C. location since 2011. His role involved managing the sale and rental of foundation equipment and tools; liaising between customers and the parts and service departments; market development; industry involvement through various deep foundations-focused trade associations; and management of the facility and employees.

Harmston’s new role will expand his focus from the southeastern United States to ECA’s entire territory, including the Eastern United States and Eastern Canadian provinces. He will oversee corporate sales management, business development, marketing, vendor relations, and business forecasting while reporting directly to ECA president Benjamin Dutton.

“Jeff was very successful in developing our market share in the Carolinas,” said Dutton. “He also did a great job in leading us in the transition into the Florida and Georgia markets. When this position became available, Jeff was the obvious candidate for the job.”

Harmston earned a Bachelor of Science in finance at the University of North Carolina at Greensburg. He was awarded the ADSC President’s Award in 2015 for his accomplishments with the ADSC Carolinas and Southeast Chapters and currently serves as secretary for the Carolinas Chapter.

ECA has been a supplier of foundation construction equipment in the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada for nearly a century. We are the exclusive distributor for BAUER Drills, Klemm Anchor and Micropile Drills, RTG Piling Rigs, MAT Grout Systems, Pileco Diesel Pile Hammers, HPSI Vibratory Pile Hammers, WORD International Drill Attachments, Dawson Construction Products, Grizzly Side Grip Vibros, ALLU Ground Improvement Equipment and DIGGA Dangle Drills. ECA offers sales, rentals, service and parts from nine facilities throughout the Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canadian provinces.

MHWirth’s PBA 615 advances India’s ambitious infrastructure projects

In 2016, MHWirth launched their pile top drill rig PBA 615 for drilling diameters up to two metres. One of these machines is currently operating in Mumbai, India for the Mumbai Port extension project.

The PBA 615 is applied for the extension of one of the oldest ports in India, the Mumbai Port Trust, located at the east coast of the Mumbai mainland. To prepare for further growth, the port will be extended by a fifth oil terminal at Jawhar Deep. The work is being completed by ITD Cementation India.

For construction of the 2,500-metre-long approach trestle, more than 600 piles, 1.2 metres in diameter, are currently being drilled to a depth of up to 45 metres.

“With a performance-optimized machine design, our PBA 615 achieves more than 50 per cent higher penetration rates than conventional solutions in the market,” said Shakti Chand Verma, director of MHWirth India.

About the PBA 615

The PBA 615 combines a small footprint with light weight and increased performance. The compact footprint is particularly beneficial in tight jobsites and with a flexible set-up, it allows closer drilling to existing walls than other machines. Additionally, the new PBA 615 and the corresponding power unit HP IVa comprise various improvements for increased user friendliness and HSE performance, such as possible operation with biodegradable oil or spillage protection due to an integrated tray.

MHWirth’s portfolio for foundation drilling covers the diameter range from 0.6 to seven metres and provides an efficient solution for foundations in mixed and hard rock. More than 300 pile top drill rigs by MHWirth have proven to be reliable and efficient in numerous projects around the world. 

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