Posted in Pile Driving Equipment

Pile Buck Ads 3: Nilens Diesel Hammer Driving Sheet Piles

The third in our series of vulcanhammer.net ads for Pile Buck include this one, showing a Nilens diesel hammer driving sheet piling using a “spud” or “rail” type leader in the back.  Nilens was one of Vulcan’s more interesting adventures in pile driving equipment.  The method used is a typically European practice that has found its way to American sheet piling sites, mostly due to the Delmag hammer and its progeny.

More about European concepts of installing sheet piling are here.

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Posted in Pile Driving Equipment

The Pile Buck Ads 2: Vulcan #1 Hammer in Action

On this, the twenty-second anniversary of the beginning of this site, we present another of the ads which Pile Buck allowed us to run in their books.  It shows the Vulcan #1 hammer on the South Side of Chicago.  It also features the URL of the vulcanhammer.info site, which is dedicated to Vulcan hammers and is a “child” of this effort.

We thank you for your support over the years and keep coming back.

Posted in Pile Driving Equipment

The Pile Buck Ads 1: Vulcan 3100 Assembled

This site has never had an “advertising budget” but in the last decade the publisher Pile Buck gave it the opportunity to advertise itself in its books Sheet Pile Design by Pile Buck and Pile Driving by Pile Buck.  There were five in the series, and this is the first, using the assembly of the first 3100 hammer as a backdrop.

The ads were placed before the inception of the one site not mentioned on the ad: vulcanhammer.info, so the “Wave Equation for Piling” was still on this site.  More about the Vulcan 3100 is here.

Posted in Civil Engineering

Jean-Louis Briaud Elected President of ASCE

Congratulations are in order to Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, and Spencer Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, for his election as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers for 2019-20.

Jean-Louis is an old friend and a great person.  Our association goes back to the 1980’s when I was principal at Vulcan Iron Works and active in the Deep Foundations Institute.  He has been an encouragement to me through the years, especially with this effort.

On this site he was featured for his “pet peeve” regarding consolidation a few months ago.  He posed an interesting problem that needs some discussion.  I believe he will challenge us to tackle other interesting and important problems during his term as President.