American Piledriving Equipment (APE) is the world's leader in research and development, production and sales of foundation construction equipment.APE produces the world's largest pile drivers, and has offices in every corner of the United States, Asia, and has distribution worldwide.Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you will find the information and resources valuable.This section provides a preview of the most recent article from each APE branch.Click on the article to view the full text and photos for the article along with other articles from that selected branch.APE Announcements J&M Announcements Noise and Vibration APE Headquarters (WA) APE Northeast (NJ) APE Mid-Atlantic (VA) APE Southeast (FL) APE Gulf (TX) APE Western (CA) APE Mid-Western (MO) APE Austria APE China APE Russia APE Mexico APE Canada A record 30 meter (98 foot) diameter steel pipe pile was driven by First Harbor Engineering Company of China and APE near Hainan Island for the new international airport for Sanya, China.The massive pile is 30 meters in diameter, 34 meters long and weighs over 600 metric tons.
The existing airport was designed for 1.5 million travelers per year in the 1990's but is now seeing an overflow of 13 million people per year, causing unsustainable overburden for the facility. This project in Hillsboro was in one of the INTEL facilities, and was very difficult for myself and Scotto Gray, one of the designers for this Drill, to get on site for an equipment evaluation.
The planned airport is to offer five runways with a projected ability to handle over 20 million people per year comfortably, which is projected to boost the tourism of Hainan island. How to create a 5-runway airport where there is no available land for a 5-runway airport, and do so within a 2 year schedule? Speaking from experience, it is not every day you walk onto a job site with a “prototype” piece of foundation equipment and the super intendant says, with a look a complete satisfaction in his eye, “don’t change a thing, this has got to be the best drill I have ever used”.
So we watched the drill work for a couple of hours, everything going just like clockwork.
And as the drill approached the 40’ mark Jeff, the Super on site described the material from 45’ to 85’ as a very stiff clay, resembling “bay mud” as Jeff described it.
This material was so sticky and heavy that it would not carry itself up the flight, they would take 10’ bites and bring the flight out of the hole and have to remove it with a mini-excavator.
The drill has been running in APE 37 inch U leads which the customer liked so well they are buying this set of leads.