Digging Deeper - November 2023 - Akkerman

Digging Deeper – November 2023

Akkerman Inc.

Digging Deeper – November 2023

Highway SR-51 Trenchless Crossing

Design Engineer: Horizontal Boring LLC
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Ground Conditions: Breccia and phyllite/schist rock formations with UCS to 15,000-psi
Type of Installation: TBM Pipe Jacking
Material: 86-in OD x 1-in wall Steel Casing
Footage Installation: 330-lf
Equipment: Akkerman Pipe Jacking System, WM720-II TBM, 5200 Pump, 1548 Haul System, 2325BE Lube System, TBM Rock DCH

Since no ground water was present and two large clasts up to 3-ft diameter and UCS 35,000-psi were expected, they anticipated this trenchless crossing to be performed by either slurry microtunneling or hand-mining. Due to increased capabilities, Horizontal Boring LLC selected an Akkerman WM720-II Pipe Jacking System with a Rock DCH to tackle the alignment. The system greatly reduced daily operating costs over slurry microtunneling while significantly increasing productivity over hand-mine operations.

Staff Highlight

Mark Heimer began his employment at Akkerman as a mechanic on March 14, 2003 and today is in Inventory Control. Mark was nominated by his peers for being dependable, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Nominated because:

“Mark does a great job in the parts department.”

“Mark uses his vast knowledge of Akkerman parts and components to assist the assembly process and teams.”

“Mark is a great help with the picking process and inventory discrepancy investigation.”

“He ensures that the correct inventory is on the shelf and that part orders are shipped on time.”

Huge Successes and Smiles

The smiles on their faces say it all! On October 25, Super Excavators, Inc. completed the 100-in., 1,100-lf. tunnel in Pawtucket, RI. The project was a huge success, for them and the Akkerman team.

Upcoming Holiday Closings

A reminder as we go into the holiday season, Akkerman will be closed the following days: