Digging Deeper - October 2022 - Akkerman

Digging Deeper – October 2022

Akkerman Inc.

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 face. The skilled operators at SEI quickly took notice of these inconsistencies through MTBM data as well as telemetry information provided by the Akkerman AZ100 Total Guidance System (TGS). Site personnel quickly reacted and halted their advancement to assess the situation.

In many cases, encountering obstacles in mixed-face conditions is detrimental to the project and will result in a rescue plan. Due to the quick actions of the operator, SEI was able to work with Akkerman engineers to develop an approved DTA update that incorporated a slight horizontal and vertical curve to purposefully control an alignment correction.

The new DTA was critical for the successful completion of the alignment.  Not only did the alignment have to stay within a grade tolerance, the MTBM needed to intersect a manhole at the mid-point of the drive. Since the AZ100 can be dynamically programmed, the new DTA allowed SEI to successfully navigate the obstacles with an approved and controlled alignment correction that minimized pipe stresses and jacking forces.

Congratulations to SEI for continuing to advance the trenchless industry

Difficult Microtunneling Conquered in Milwaukee

Through the Years

The Akkerman employee tie that binds us is what brought us all here in the first place – a chance to offer our talents and expertise to make a difference. Akkerman is considered a small business, but it wasn’t long ago that we had a much smaller employee base. Over the years, our employees have made it possible to introduce new equipment and innovate existing equipment to position us where we are today. As we head towards our 50th anniversary, we’ll highlight historical employee information in each internal newsletter.

Here are some stats:

  • As of September 30, we have 1,134 Combined Years of Service
  • When Maynard became president in 1987, we had 10 Akkerman Manufacturing employees (D.H. Akkerman Construction, Co. had 5)
  • 1998 marked our 25th anniversary, we expanded with our product lines, and employed 45 with an average tenure of eight years of service
  • Today we employ 85 with an average tenure of 13 years of service

The Akkerman Team Today

85 Total:

79 Full-Time, 6 Part-Time

20+ Years:

26 Employees, 30% of total

< 5 Years:

33 Employees, 38% of total

Akkerman Facilities circa 1978
Akkerman Facilities circa 1978
Akkerman Bording Shield
Here’s the whole gang in 1993 before the largest ever boring shield was shipped for a project in Springfield, IL performed by J&J Boring, Inc. The record for the largest boring shield still stands.

History of Akkerman

The new History of Akkerman video is complete, and it appears we all cleaned up pretty well!

Sales teams wish to thank everyone for their kind assistance and contributions during filming.

Staff Highlight

Paul Krebsbach came to Akkerman on 2/21/2000 as a hydraulics mechanic before moving full-time to Aftermarket Support in 2017.

Nominated Because:

  • Paul is a great help when customers have problems. He has a lot of experience building and repairing our equipment. He is very good at what he does.
  • Paul is always very helpful when needs arise.
  • Paul has a strong work ethic, he’s thorough and attentive to details.

Admirable Qualities

  • Knowledgeable
  • Helpful
  • Reliable
  • Proficient
  • Consistent
  • Dependable
  • Instinctive
Paul Krebsbach | October 2022 Employee of the Month

* Employee of the Month nominations are cumulative. If we receive two or more valid nominations, that employee is eligible. Thanks for nominating your peers!