New Hilti Wire Saw Cuts Four Bridge Abutments in SW Canada

Published: 30/12, 2022

Canadian Cutting & Coring was hired by Hanna Infrastructure to wire saw four bridge abutments on Highway 3 outside the small town of Hope, BC, approximately 90 miles east of Vancouver. Andreas Kuelz, the company’s estimation and operations manager decided to purchase another wire saw, particularly since the existing Plattner saw needed a major overhaul. The choice was a new Hilti DSW 1510-CA.

“Hilti managed to deliver the new saw to the job in just 10 days, which is quite impressive given the supply chain delays we are experiencing in these days,” adds Kuelz.

Crew members Chris Beaudoin and Giacomo Ceccolini mobilized to the site on a Monday and cored the holes required for the wire. Each abutment measured 36 ft (11m) long and just over 4 ft (1.3m) deep.

On Tuesday morning, Hilti’s Heavy Diamond specialists Rick Russel and Diana Surwilo joined the team to show them the new features on the wire saw. Hilti spent the day onsite with the Canadian Cutting & Coring crew to make sure every detail had been covered.

Kuelz says that for him it was very helpful to learn about the new equipment from Hilti directly on a site.

“On sites like this everything must run very smoothly,” he explains. “There is no cell phone reception in a remote place like this. One satellite phone for emergency calls and deliveries to site turns out to be costly due to the remote locations.”

The Canadian Cutting & Coring crew finished the four abutments on the following Saturday afternoon. Each abutment was also cut into three sections at a 20-degree angle to the end client’s great satisfaction.

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