Blast Off!
May27

Blast Off!

NASA Test Stand Demolished by Concrete Cutting (All test stand photos courtesy of NASA) The scheduled demolition of concrete structures, some 400-feet-tall, at a NASA static engine test stand began with the use of explosives. However, more safe and accurate methods were required to bring the structures to set elevations and maintain some of the foundations for reuse. By the end of the project, one cutting contractor had completed over...

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Clean Cutting in Pittsburgh
May26

Clean Cutting in Pittsburgh

CSDA Member Makes Water Treatment Retrofit Work (Front page feature image courtesy of ALCOSAN) A unique and challenging job was performed by a specialty contractor that involved 834 square feet of concrete wire sawing and the removal of cut sections weighing approximately 26,000 pounds. When you flush a toilet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the waste water eventually ends up in the main intake (wet well) at the Allegheny County Sanitary...

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Core Drilling the Mississippi
May26

Core Drilling the Mississippi

Lock & Dam No. 11 Renovation Project A professional cutting contractor was tasked with drilling out over 38,000 pounds of steel when the pins of six large lock gate hinges on the Mississippi River became stuck in their bushing and would not allow the gates to rotate properly. This issue would eventually lead to the failure of the gates, so the contractor was therefore tasked to core drill the twelve 6-foot-long, 14-inch-diameter...

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Divine Intervention
May26

Divine Intervention

Cutting Contractor Lets in the Light at Megachurch A CSDA member recently answered the calling of a general contractor performing renovation work at a large venue in Houston, Texas. The work included the cutting, removal and hauling of three existing pre-cast panels for the addition of a curtain wall window on the fifth floor of the building. The cutting area was approximately 80 feet above a finished floor and the cut sections...

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Get the Most from Your Demo Robot
May26

Get the Most from Your Demo Robot

Getting the Most from Your Demolition Robot By August Scalici Remote-controlled demolition robots are becoming increasingly popular among concrete cutters around the world. They can be operated in confined spaces, often with limited access, and by their very nature they allow operators to position themselves a safe distance from potential worksite hazards. In addition, most models emit zero emissions. Their very high power-to-weight...

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