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Digging Deeper – January 2023

New Year’s Hole-Out: Sims Bayou Microtunneling Project It was a great start to the New Year in 2023 for the Melcar Group as their Akkerman SL82P MTBM holed-out on the Sims Bayou tunnel project in Houston, TX.  The $18.9 million project was designed to increase the overall capacity of the region’s drinking water by making […]

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Rocking In Phoenix – Drought Pipeline Project

By: Jason Holden As we look ahead into 2023, Akkerman will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of North America’s premier manufacturers of trenchless equipment. The first Akkerman TBM was developed in 1963 by Don (D.H.) Akkerman out of necessity to install road crossings safely and efficiently. For the next decade, D.H. continued to […]

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Digging Deeper – December 2022

Reflecting on 2022 As we enjoy the holiday season, it’s a good time to reflect, personally and professionally on the year. While the most challenging moments may first come to mind, we’re grateful to recall the satisfying achievements. No matter the outcome, both provided an opportunity to grow and a greater sense of purpose. Our […]

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Digging Deeper – November 2022

Akkerman Model 4800 GBM – Maximum Versatility The Akkerman 4800 GBM offers contractors the ultimate in flexibility for guided auger bores. Many contractors have found the ability of the 4800 GBM to not only be an effective tool for installing pilot tubes, but also to follow the pilot tubes with a standard auger bore between […]

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Case Study: Guided Auger Boring

Project Overview Novant Health had plans in place to design an open cut sewer across the main emergency room entrance and tie into a 17′ deep manhole at the entrance of the hospital. After assessment, it was discovered the open cut would obstruct the emergency access once field layout was complete. Showalter Construction reached out […]

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Difficult Microtunneling Conquered in Milwaukee

Digging Deeper – October 2022

Underground Construction or Digging Deeper: Difficult Microtunneling Conquered in Milwaukee Super Excavators Inc. (SEI) of Menomonee Falls, WI recently holed out on target after battling very challenging conditions along the 1670ft alignment. After launching the Akkerman SL74C MTBM setup to install 72in RCP, obstructions and mixed-face conditions caused significant horizontal and vertical deviations at the […]

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Digging Deeper – September 2022

Microtunneling Market Strong In North America Below is an excerpt from Tunnel Business Magazine. Additionally, expanded knowledge in general are helping to improve the market, says Jason Holden, vice president and chief revenue officer for Akkerman Inc. “A solid understanding of when, where, and how to apply the microtunneling method is a key to a […]

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Microtunneling Market Strong in North America

The following excerpt features an interview with Jason Holden recently featured in an article from Tunnel Business Magazine. Continued Advancement Drives Growth in New Installation Projects The microtunneling market is steady and healthy in North America, according to experts in the field. As larger and more complex projects have been completed, project owners are becoming […]

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Modern Guidance for Auger Boring Matches Growth of Technology

The following excerpt features an interview with Jason Holden recently featured in an article from Underground Construction. Akkerman Guided auger boring is probably the most popular trenchless method of construction, said Jason Holden, vice president and chief revenue officer for Akkerman. Technology for exact line and grade trenchless installations is gaining more acceptance in the […]

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Digging Deeper – August 2022

Tunnel Boring Machine Cutter Head Selection – A Manufacturer’s Perspective A tunneling project consists of numerous intertwined puzzle pieces. Often, the cutter head on the tunnel boring machine is the most critical. It is the front line to progress. Without a properly designed cutter head, production can be slow or nonexistent. The cutter head design […]

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Digging Deeper – July 2022

Trenchless Tackles Twin Casing Pipe Rams in Beautiful Banff Published by Jim Schill In North America there are few areas as beautiful and well-regarded as Banff National Park and Lake Louise in Canada. This majestic area of the Rocky Mountains is known for its amazing scenery, breath taking views, glacier-fed streams and lakes, as well […]

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The Future is Now – How Artificial Intelligence Is Impacting Trenchless Technology

Akkerman vice president and chief revenue officer Jason Holden was recently quoted in an article from Trenchless Technology. While AI may be more visible on the pipe inspection side, the technology is being used in new installation applications, primarily in areas of data logging, crew safety and guidance. In smaller ways, AI technology has been […]

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