Hardening a Dam with Core DrillingSan Antonio, Texas
Dams are without a doubt, some of the largest, most majestic, and critical man-made structures in the world today. Their uses are many, ranging from hydroelectric power to water storage and flood control. Dams have been in the news of late, as well, with the Oroville Dam in Northern California nearly failing. Had the dam unleashed its reservoir on the surrounding countryside, millions of dollars in damage and loss of property could have occurred.
Luckily, catastrophe appears to have been averted at the Oroville Dam, but dam failures are nothing to take lightly. Because of their static and remote nature, dams can be seen as “out of sight, out of mind,” and real dam failures in the United States are exceedingly rare. That, however, does not mean dam safety, inspection, and maintenance are not important.
Aggregate Technologies is an experienced contractor in the concrete industry, and that experience includes working with dams. Our firm is proud to have worked on the Olmos Dam in San Antonio, a dam that has stood since the 1920s. The city has experienced a massive boom in population since the early days of the dam, and increased runoff from the developed land has placed increased stress on the dam. To remain safe, and control flooding as it was designed, the Olmos Dam needed to undergo an extensive strengthening.
Aggregate Technologies played a critical role in drilling the soil stabilization anchors that will increase the strength and stability of the dam. Our firm was responsible for drilling over 100 18-inch-wide by 4-foot-deep holes with 36-inch wide by six-inch deep overdrills. The core drilling had to be performed on the face of the wall at a 45-degree angle. ATI’s state-of-the-art equipment was up to the task of drilling for such a complex and sensitive project.
If the near-disaster in Oroville showed anything, it is that close attention must be paid to the condition of our nation’s dams. Failure could wipe out entire communities at a moment’s notice. Aggregate Technologies is a proven leader in the concrete industry, including dams. There is no job that our proven contractors cannot handle. Aggregate Technologies welcomes the opportunity to lend our expertise to improving the safety of our nation’s dams.
More Core Drilling Projects
Hurricane Harvey Emergency Bridge Repair — Humble, TexasAfter water levels subsided the cleanup efforts began and life returned to normal, it was time to inspect the infrastructure and bridges in the area for any potential damage caused by the flooding.
Underwater Hydrodemolition — San Jacinto River, TexasTorrential rain over Texas from Tropical Storm Imelda flooded the San Jacinto River. Between 11 and 14 barges came unmoored, and some collided with the Interstate 10 bridge.
Structural Slab Removal at Rice University — Houston, TexasAggregate Technologies, Inc. was recently contracted for a job at Rice University in Houston to remove a second floor structural slab for a new stairwell.
Structural Beam Removal Using Hydrodemolition — TexasRemoving concrete from structural beams (while also saving the rebar) can take a lot of time, and time was of the essence.
Precast Wall Removal — Pasadena, TexasThe plan to upgrade a neighborhood HEB grocery to a Super HEB in Pasadena, Texas called for several tilt wall panels to be removed and demolished.
Cutting and Removing 150 Piles a Day — Port Arthur, TexasIn addition to traditional methods of pile sawing and cutting, we use our patented pile cutting machine (pictured below) when necessary to maximize safety while keeping your project on time and on budget.
Parking Garage Demolition — Houston, TexasATI’s structural demolition expertise and skill was put on display after the fifth floor of a five-story parking garage partially collapsed on June in Houston, Texas.
Interior Structural Demolition — Houston, TexasATI operators completed interior structural demolition work at Baptist Temple Church in the historic Heights neighborhood in Houston, Texas.
Hydrodemolition of Bridge Deck — Gulf Coast RegionWe were was called in to remove the top 1″ to 3″ of concrete over a 16,000 square foot area.
Contact us when you need a contractor with a record of safety and success for your Core Drilling needs.