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APE News From Around the World
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Going APE for Iron Dog
This year, American Piledriving Equipment is sponsoring a snowmobile team in the 2015 Iron Dog Snowmobile Race - the world's longest and toughest snowmobile competition. The race is over 2,000 miles long, and parts of the race follow the famous Iditarod Trail. The race begins at Big Lake (near Anchorage), heads west to Nome, then doubles back eastward and finishes in Fairbanks. APE is sponsoring Team 56 in the race. The Team 56 riders are Bernie Droege and Mark Ivy, both lifetime Alaskans. The drivers are on two-sled teams for safety as they travel through remote areas of the Alaskan Wilderness. In total, the race lasts about one week. CLICK HERE for all the information about Team 56.
Hitting the Mark with the 100K Drill
Dewitt Construction had few big holes to drill in Hillsboro OR. Holes were 30” diameter and 85’ deep. The 100K drill was just coming out of production and this was a perfect place to put this newly designed drill. This project in Hillsboro was in one of the INTEL facilities, and was very difficult for myself and Scotto Gray, one of the designers for this Drill, to get on site for an equipment evaluation. Speaking from experience, it is not every day you walk onto a job site with a “prototype” piece of foundation equipment and the super intendant says, with a look a complete satisfaction in his eye, “don’t change a thing, this has got to be the best drill I have ever used”. So we watched the drill work for a couple of hours, everything going just like clockwork. And as the drill approached the 40’ mark Jeff, the Super on site described the material from 45’ to 85’ as a very stiff clay, resembling “bay mud” as Jeff described it. This material was so sticky and heavy that it would not carry itself up the flight, they would take 10’ bites and bring the flight out of the hole and have to remove it with a mini-excavator. The drill has been running in APE 37 inch U leads which the customer liked so well they are buying this set of leads. There were 60 holes drilled and the 5 inch grouting system was used to pump grout at pressures averaging 1000-1500 psi.
An Evaluation of the Impacts of Specific Anthropogenic
It is well established that certain anthropogenic noises have a severe effect on whales. Many sounds that humans introduce into the sea today are without precedent in the evolutionary history of marine mammals and other ocean life. Seismic testing associated with oil and gas exploration, military SONAR, and other industrial sources of ocean noise have injured or killed dolphins and whales in many instances. Additionally, behavioral impacts can also be severe, with animals interrupting feeding, nursing, or reproductive activity to flee from disruptive or painful sounds. There is also evidence that whales may be subject to “masking,” where some types of noises interfere with their ability to communicate with each other. As the military and industrial producers of these sounds are required by law in some countries to prevent impacts to marine mammals, there has been considerable debate and litigation in response to this continuing problem. Various mitigation schemes have been proposed, but they have not proven effective in eliminating harm to whales. Despite a wealth of information demonstrating the need to address multiple characteristics of sound, such as form, frequency, and periodicity, mitigation levels have thus far focused only on signal amplitude, or volume. Many of the studies have also been focused on physiological thresholds such as “threshold shift” using sinusoidal-derived signals which may not accurately reflect the types of anthropogenic noises to which whales are
APE is Breaking the Mold on Traditional Drill Tools
APE has had a long lasting commitment to discovering new ways to benefit the foundation market and the needs of our customers. After extensive R&D we are excited to release the Polar Penetrator series of specialized drill bits. These bits are designed to be run with air that is fed through cutouts in the bits base, the air is ushered through these ports to the cutter face in order keep the cutting plain clear and working hard to reach your final depth. The Polar Penetrator bits can make quick work of frozen dense clays and tundra, as well as tightly consolidated silts and sands of drier climates. These bits will counteract the balling effect that plugs up other forms of drilling and will show less wear due to the quick evacuation of the cuttings away from the teeth. Not to cut short the advantages presented by the traditional CFA, Drag, Tri-cone and Pressure Digger bits, but this bit will add a formidable tool to your arsenal in the war against unforgiving soils. APE's HD line of drills are a great option to run these bits coupled with our custom Quickloc Drill Stems. Please take a moment to find out more about APE's new addition to our foundation and drilling tools.
Neither Snow, nor More Snow, nor even More Snow...
Can stop King Kong from helping Aldridge Electric drive 9.5ft and 10.5ft diameter casing to grade for power line project in snowy and bitterly cold northern New England. The nature of power line construction is that time is of the essence and the jobsite does not shut down for inconveniences like a foot of snow. Knowing that, Aldridge chooses APE and the reliability they have come to know and trust, as well as the knowledge that if something does go wrong, a foot of snow will not keep APE personnel from being on site and doing whatever it takes...
Us Wick Drain Drives It Home With The Largest Marine Wick Drain Job In The World
US WICK DRAIN a Leland NC based company has just completed the largest marine barge installation wick drain project that has ever been done in the world. This project is part of the first phases of construction for a new port facility at “Craney Island” in Norfolk Virginia. US WICK DRAIN under direction of president Mark Palmatier installed 12,150,000 lf of wick drains in 6 months using the APE wick drain installation machines. Now that’s 6 months with 2 rigs 24 hours a day 6 days a week! That’s a lot of wick drains. The longest wick drains were 150 ft. in length. Great Lakes dredging dumped a drainage layer of sand in the proposed wick drain area with hopper barges. The wicks will be placed and more sand dumped on top of them. In order to place the wick drains in the correct locations on the water 2 barges had to be converted to have a grid all the way through the decks of the barges using steel pipe from the top deck all the way through the bottom. Each barge had a wick drain machine / rig on the deck. The barges would be surveyed into position and secured in position, and then each machine would go down the deck installing a wick drain in each provided hole. Once these wick drains are installed and pre-loaded the engineers predict they will have about 21 feet of settlement. These wicked areas will support a series of dikes for the new Craney Island port. If wick drains were not used the dikes would constantly be settling and would have to be maintained at a large
APE / J&M 110K Drill Test Pile
Ebsary Foundation Company of Miami, FL installed the first test pile for the US Army Corps of Engineers Herbert Hoover Dike Culvert 1 & 1A Rehabilitation project along Lake Okeechobee in Moore Haven, FL this past week. Ebsary purchased the drill late last year with a new 765 HP APE Power unit and a new APE Model 300 Vibratory Driver / Extractor. The demonstration, reaction and test piles were all 24? diameter and ranged in length from 88 - 9 3 ft. The piles took approximately 14 cubic yards of high strength grout with average drilling and pump time of 25-35 minutes. This was the first time Ebsary used their new APE / J&M 110K Drill and it ran perfectly with no problems of any kind. ?APE/J&M continues to provide Ebsary with durable, reliable drills and vibratory hammers. Their equipment capabilities and dependable service have allowed Ebsary to confidently pursue larger foundation and marine w ork? says President Scott Alfele. We at APE / J&M are proud to be the Main Supplier of Foundation Equipment for Ebsary Foundation Company and look forward to many more years of helping them stay at the top of the Foundation Industry in Florida with 24 / 7 Service and the best products available. APE / J&M has a new 110,000 ft. lb. drill in stock for immediate delivery, for information concerning the Purchase or Rental of the new APE / J&M 110,000 ft. lb. Drill please call Jim Casavant @ 1-863-660-8716 or email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUI Teams Up with APE to Drive the Piles for the Largest Solar Panel Farm in Texas
AUI is building the largest solar panel farm in Texas using three APE DHJ85 pilerigs. The piles are 6"x9lbs per ft. h- beams that are 20' long. The job consists of 26,400 h-piles and AUI is averging between 125 and 150 piles per day per rig. This solar farm will generate 30mw of power which is enough to power 12k to 18k homes once it is complete. Matt Even who is the Assistant Civil Project Manager for AUI on this project says "The equipment provided by American Piledriving Equipment out of Conroe Texas has worked great on this job! The combination of service and service response time has been critical to the excellent performance and production of the DHJ 85's."
It is with pleasure that we here at APE introduce Chris Corp to our friends in California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Chris is a 10 year veteran of the piledriving industry with experience from the ground up. Chris served as a service technician in the corporate office for a few years before moving to our Missouri facility to take on the role of service manager. His years as service manager in Missouri prepared him for his next role with APE as our California Service Manager where his skills and abilities took him to the next level of greatness. After the passing of our friend and Vice President, Dave Yingling, a void needed to be filled and after serving APE California for 20 years Steve Cress stepped up and assumed responsibilities as the new Vice President of APE and moved to Washington to apply his 30 years of piledriving knowledge on a new level of excellence. Chris Corp, in turn, stepped up his role from California Service Manager to California Western Division Branch Manager and assumed responsibilities to keep our California branch running smooth and strong. Chris has brought a fresh new drive to the California branch and hit the ground running to meet the needs of our customers. With Chris at the helm of the California branch and the backing of APE corporate, expect to see great things in 2014 out of our Western Division. Please help me welcome Chris Corp! Go get em Tiger!
Industry Canada Reports on Flying APE Vibratory Hammer on the Wisconsin River
Piling Industry Canada published the story below on the Henkels and McCoy job on the Wisconsin River. The projects APE has gone airborne with Erickson Air-Crane in the past have always been challenging for the crews since jobs like this are so infrequent. American Transmission Co and Henkels & McCoy did a great job with the challenges the project had to offer. We are happy that our J&M 28-35 and Helitemplate were able to help these guys get the job done.
Dozens of APE 200 Vibratory Pile Driver/Extractors Rushed to UAE
MASSIVE FAILURES OF OUR COMPETITION'S MACHINES PROMPTS APE BUILD UP IN UAE
APE Austria has begun a massive shipment of new APE Model 200 vibratory pile driver/extractors to the UAE. This is in response to recent electronic and overheating of our competition's so-called new units in hot weather conditions. APE machines are will known for their simplicity and ability to handle both the hot Saudi Arabian sun and the cold of Alaska. The secret is our unique kidney loop cooling circuit which can be reversed in cold weather.
APE units come with massive heat exchangers and a special kidney loop oil cooling system that keeps the machine running even in 125 degree temperatures. APE developed a simple electrical system to mate with the advanced Tier III CAT engines. We avoided adding fancy touch screen panels that are subject to code failures that shut the unit down and require re-programming to get started again. APE machines are simple yet advanced. Our hydraulic gauges are old school simple yet our CAT Electronics are fuel efficient.
Our power units feature a built-in spare hydraulic tank, CAT Tier III engine, Super Heavy Duty radiator and oil cooler, kidney loop oil system, all stainless steel control panels, tachometer in the remote pendant (found only on APE machines) tool box with spare jaws and hoses and tools to do all the maintenance work and a 5 year warranty.
The APE 200 has the world's greatest lifting capacity, heavy metal eccentrics, h
APE China's first 400 built in China get's the job done!
APE China (Shanghai ZhenLi) has sent it's first model 400 hammer that was built in China to a job in FuJian province. The customer had difficult soil conditions with thick clay layers at the top. They were originally considering excavating out the top layers but when they heard about the APE 400 they decided to give it a try. Suspense was in the air as many doubted the 400 could drive the 36" X 72' long pile to grade, many were utterly convinced the 400 hammer would not be able to drive to the pile all the way down. After the hammer was lifted on the pile some fireworks were let off to set to scare away the evil spirits, as custom in China, 18 minutes later the pile was to grade! This marks a milestone for APE China and it's ability to continue to provide the largest hydraulic vibratory hammers to the China market along with local service and manufacturing. A 1200 HP engine powers the 400 with option to use 1050HP on easier jobs. APE China made equipment in intended to serve the Asia pacific region while Kent,WA manufactures for the USA and Europe. Go APE!
Come Meet APE Russia at CTT 2010 in Moscow
Vladimir Nifontov - General Manager. phone/fax number +7-495-603-5345 Mobile +7-985-921-8750 or +7-495-921-8750 E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Konstantin Kurbatov - Technical Director. phone/fax number +7-495-689-1923. Mobile +7-916-678-2841. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org CTT 2010 Show - #1 Annual Construction Show in Russia is being held on June 1st to the 5th in Moscow. Please come visit us at our booth 3-318.1, for information check out the website: CTT 2010 Website Link
Cabo Riviera success!
The 170VM has driven 1000 sheets since it first started working. The new APE concrete clamp kicks bud! APE China response time to send new set of jaws was only 3 days! Impressive!!! Thank you David White and APE China staff for making it happen. For more details on the Cabo Riviera project see my first article from back in November of 2011 http://www.apevibro.com/wordpress/2011/11/01/ape-170vm-has-been-spotted-in-los-cabos/.
APE Model 600 Vibro Leading the Way
The APE Model 600 Vibratory Driver/Extractor arrived on a site between Edmonton and Calgary for Keller Foundation at a moment's notice. When our technician from Edmonton, James Berg, arrived on site to lend a hand with set up, we discovered that the hammer was going to be used from a hydraulic squirt boom crane. By simply removing a few of the first stage large elastomers and with some instruction from the APE crew, the driving and extracting progressed along without a hitch. This once again proves the innovation from APE sets us apart from the rest