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Pile driving

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by hans, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. hans


    Feb 5, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Building a new jetty in the Rotterdam harbor before we're of to Portugal

    160 piles diameter 914 up to 2500 in length from 36 m up to 52 m
    Weight from 12 tonnes to 110 tonnes








    X with 10.5 (fish eye) 17-55dx 70-200 vr with circ. polar.
  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Fantastic images Hans......
    thanks, I really love following your work.....
  3. GreenCountry

    GreenCountry Guest

    i love the color pop in the 3rd and 5th... never knew rust could be so... alive! :) 
  4. Cool shots. Great color and composition!
  5. Looks like a dangerous job Hans. You have really shown what this job is all about. Well done.
  6. Simon


    Apr 30, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    How come most of those piles are not verticallly standing ?
  7. Those are called batter pile. They provide horizontal stability in the finished structure, similar to cross bracing you see in carpentry.

    On a side note to the author of this thread, my family is in the construction business and I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about your pile driving set up. We drive with vibration and impact hammers (A.P.E.) suspended from friction cranes with and without leads depending on circumstance. I have not seen the setup in your photos before. Is this a significant improvement from more traditional hammer setups?
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 25, 2005
  8. hans


    Feb 5, 2005
    The Netherlands

    It's a crane with fixed leader,max. weight pile and hammer can be 110 tons
    We use PVE vibrationhammers and IHC hydro hammers or the old diesel hammers "Delmag"witch are still the best for concrete piles.

    The cofiguration in the pictures above is for maritime works the best it's an IHC S90 (90 stands for 90Kn)it has this advantage that the barge wont sink in while starting the hammer as witch is the case when using a diesel hammer
    So the position of the pile is better assured and the survey is easier.

    Our biggest vibration hammer is the PVE 105 with 230 tons power to get a max amplitude of 10.5 mm in the pile,our biggest hydro hammer is an IHC Sc200 (c stands for accelaration of the hammer weight,200 for 200 kn)

    I believe that both PVE and IHC are used in the US

    We also work with crawler cranes without leaders f.i. sheet piles and big steel piles.

    If you need more info just mail or PM me I'll be happy give you some.
  9. heiko


    May 15, 2005

    I really like your pictures. Heavy machinery and the mechanics behind them always amazes me. Great views and perspectives.
  10. nice work

    excellent pics telling a story - have always found piling a fascinating business
  11. hans


    Feb 5, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Thanks Heiko
    Phil pile driving is a job very few understand the beauty of it.
  12. techo terms

    skin friction, belled piles, Hiley formula, refusal, bedrock, cantilever, undrained shear strength, rock buckets, monkeys, cast insitu, tremmie concrete...music to my ears...
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