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D-Drill assists in strengthening aquaduct

D-Drill assists in strengthening aquaduct

Published 15/9 at 11:06

The UK diamond drilling and sawing contractor D-Drill has played a key role in the preservation of the 190 year-old Pontrhydfen Aqueduct in South Wales.

Turning a bank vault into a police office

Turning a bank vault into a police office

Published 10/7 at 14:29

Previously there were gold bars piled up to the ceiling and bank notes transported on pallets. The walls and ceiling of the two-storey vault at the branch of this former State Central Bank in the Swabian town of Aalen, Germany, were therefore designed accordingly.

The “art” of concrete cutting

The “art” of concrete cutting

Published 10/7 at 14:27

Within the precincts of Africa’s most valuable real estate, V&A Waterfront at Cape Town Harbour, was a clutch of grain silos, part of the long-unused Grain Silo Complex built in 1922 for servicing exports and imports through Table Bay. The complex was a protected historic landmark, its future periodically debated as the luxury retail, restaurant and hotel tourism magnet rose around it, until an ambitious solution was proposed that challenged local concrete cutting expertise for 30 months. PDi’s Africa editor Kevin Mayhew reports.

D-Drill goes to college

D-Drill goes to college

Published 10/7 at 12:52

In the UK a utilities company using an excavator and breaker to remove a large concrete block was making too much noise outside Imperial College, London and called in concrete sawing and drilling specialist D-Drill to help out.

Teamwork led to success in Chicago I-90 project

Published 10/7 at 12:51

Interstate 90 in Chicago is a major thoroughfare through city and any road or bridge repairs, require advanced planning, teamwork and the right equipment to keep everything on schedule.

D-Drill beats the tides

D-Drill beats the tides

Published 16/5 at 15:52

The UK concrete cutting and drilling specialist D-Drill worked between the tides to successfully drill holes in a concrete plinth for a breakwater on Saundersfoot beach, near Tenby, Wales.

Kern-Deudiam successful in the market for 40 years

Kern-Deudiam successful in the market for 40 years

Published 2/3 at 16:11

Kern-Deudiam is a leading German manufacturer of diamond tools and machines with worldwide business relationships. The company is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest in the industry. Managing director reveals how the company has succeeded in the competitive market.

D-Drill assists in X-ray installation

D-Drill assists in X-ray installation

Published 2/3 at 14:03

In Wales the UK concrete cutting specialist D-Drill has assisted in the installation of new X-ray equipment at the Royal Gwent Hospital, in Newport. Working as the specialist subcontractor to Davlan Construction, D-Drill had to form a trench in a floor slab as part of the project.

D-Drill improves port security

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:38

The UK drilling and sawing services contractor D-Drill has assisted Associated British Ports with the installation of a new passenger X-ray scanner at its Ocean Terminal in Southampton.

Husqvarna cuts Olympic arena to pieces

Husqvarna cuts Olympic arena to pieces

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:37

Husqvarna has played a major role in removing the concrete floor from the former 1994 Olyimpic Vikingskipet arena in Lillehammer, Norway. The Norwegian contractor Øst-Riv was commissioned with removing the 10,000m2 concrete floor.

Perfectly repaired cracks or joints in less than one hour

Perfectly repaired cracks or joints in less than one hour

Published 28/12, 2016 at 16:03

Nearly every floor-processing project requires the design of expansion joints, as well as the elimination of various surface defects, such as micro and macro cracks, flaking, holes, pores and broken joint edges.

Würzburg’s Bürgerbräu brewery restored

Würzburg’s Bürgerbräu brewery restored

Published 24/6, 2016 at 11:35

The near 200 year old Bürgerbräu brewery in the German town of Würzburg is located at one of the city gates and the last remaining architectural example of the Wilhelminian period. The decline of the brewery has led to its dereliction in recent years.

Widening the Hinterrheinbrücke bridge in Bonaduz, Switzerland

Widening the Hinterrheinbrücke bridge in Bonaduz, Switzerland

Published 24/6, 2016 at 11:29

The Hinterrheinbrücke bridge, approximately 200m long over the Posterior Rhine in Bonaduz, Switzerland is being widened. It carries the N13 motorway and the foundations of the supporting pillars need to be reinforced to carry the additional load of the wider carriageway. The contract for this project was awarded to the Swiss contractor Implenia Schweiz, based in Dietlikon.

Australia 2016: Consolidation is Key

Australia 2016: Consolidation is Key

Published 24/6, 2016 at 11:20

A New Year is traditionally a time to reflect on the old and make predictions for the next. Tyrolit head of sales and marketing in Australia and a member of Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association Australia’s Executive, Phil Rowden invited Chris Webb to share his thoughts on where the concrete cutting industry may head over the next 12 months.

Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Published 23/6, 2016 at 17:00

Self-confessed maverick Tim Spillane is a man on a mission. An owner-operator of road and floor saws, he believes the six-wheeler concept has been overlooked for far too long. He spoke to Chris Webb about a passion, which, he admits, has turned into an obsession.

Success for D-Drill

Success for D-Drill

Published 23/6, 2016 at 16:35

A team of diamond drillers from the UK contractor D-Drill have been praised for their efforts on a project working in harsh conditions. D-Drill’s Sheffield office was asked by North Midland Construction to drill a 300mm diameter hole through a 1m thick reinforced concrete wall at the sewage treatment works in Skegby, Nottinghamshire.

Lowery of New Zealand: 95% of work related to eartquakes

Published 22/4, 2016 at 15:59

Lowery is one of New Zealand’s largest concrete sawing and drilling companies founded in the 1960s. It still remains a family business and is now run by brothers John and Steve Lowery from three locations. Two are in Auckland and Wellington on the North Island and the third is in Christchurch on the South Island.

Bright future for De jong

Bright future for De jong

Published 22/4, 2016 at 13:04

The Dutch drilling company De Jong, in business for 50 years, is believed to be the oldest drilling company in Europe and pioneered diamond drilling in 1965. De Jong has always pioneered new drilling equipment and techniques and a good example is the diamond drilling of anchorage holes in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. Mikael Karlsson reports.

D-Drill makes the cut in South Wales

D-Drill makes the cut in South Wales

Published 19/4, 2016 at 14:31

In South Wales diamond drilling and concrete sawing firm D-Drill has completed a scanning and concrete cutting project at a key water management site in Carmarthenshire.

Levanto: Due north

Levanto: Due north

Published 19/4, 2016 at 11:42

Dating back to the late 1930s, Finland-based Levanto is the oldest manufacturer of diamond consumables in Scandinavia. In almost 80 years the company has gone through many metamorphoses to become a major force in the Scandinavian market. Andrei Bushmarin reports.

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