A Sea Fight in a Fog: Revisiting the ASCE Controversy about Dynamic Formulae

It's always good for geotechnical professors and practitioners alike to think about where our industry has been and where it’s headed.  A little while back three of our most eminent people (Garland Likins, Bengt Fellenius and Robert Holtz) came together and wrote an excellent piece for the 2Q 2012 issue of the Pile Driver (the … Continue reading A Sea Fight in a Fog: Revisiting the ASCE Controversy about Dynamic Formulae

Vulcan #0 Hammer: Specifications and Information

First produced in 1912, the #0 hammer, although not the first Warrington-Vulcan hammer, is probably, in its own way, the most pervasive in its influence on the development of Vulcan's--and other--product line. The main Chicago general arrangement is above: others are below:   Both the design, frame and accessory configuration of the #0 hammer were … Continue reading Vulcan #0 Hammer: Specifications and Information

Half a Million Roubles. Is it Enough?

In early 1994 I went to Russia for the purpose of visiting a factory in Bryansk, which is located at the meeting point of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. This was not a factory producing high tech military hardware, but something more prosaic but important for our modern world: diesel pile driving equipment, used in the … Continue reading Half a Million Roubles. Is it Enough?

Vulcan 06 Hammer: Specifications and Information

The 06 hammer is basically a #1 hammer with a 6,500 lb. ram.  It uses the same leaders and driving accessories.  An 06 at the Chattanooga facility is above, general arrangements of the hammer are below.     Specifications for the Vulcan 06 are below.     In the late 1970's Vulcan made an important … Continue reading Vulcan 06 Hammer: Specifications and Information

Vulcan #1 Hammer: Specifications and Information

The #1 is, in many ways, the "flagship" of the line.  Produced from the  beginning of the Warrington-Vulcan hammers, it was and is a popular hammer. The last Chicago general arrangement is above; other general arrangements are below.   Various versions of the specifications for the #1 are shown below.   Other information about the … Continue reading Vulcan #1 Hammer: Specifications and Information

Who’s this idiot? That’s me!

Our family business' first trip to the then Soviet Union was an interesting experience. Our objective was to sell the Soviets (as they were called then) our offshore pile driving equipment for their offshore oil production work. Their idea was to get us to sell their diesel pile driving equipment and other Soviet technology in … Continue reading Who’s this idiot? That’s me!

Vulcan #2 Hammer: Specifications and Information

The #2 was one of the earliest "Warrington-Vulcan" single-acting hammers to be produced.  The first one was S/N 6, made for the Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon Railroad Company.  The general arrangement for the hammer is above. Specification Sheets for this hammer are as follows: The #2 was very popular for a long time; however, it … Continue reading Vulcan #2 Hammer: Specifications and Information

The Information Vulcan Requested for Driving Accessory Purchases

Below is a sheet showing the recommendations Vulcan made to its distributors in gathering information for driving accessories. Driving accessory orders were (and are) generally custom orders; knowing this type of information made it easier for Vulcan and its distributors to fulfil their customers' requirements.  This sheet dates from the mid-1960's, after the executive office … Continue reading The Information Vulcan Requested for Driving Accessory Purchases

He is Prepared to Sign Anything

One of the most complicated transactions I have ever been involved in during my years at Vulcan was the purchase of the patent rights for a Russian concrete pile cutter (shown at left.) The patent had around a dozen inventors and two research institutes, spread out from Moscow to Vladivostok. The sheer logistics of getting … Continue reading He is Prepared to Sign Anything