The Turcot Interchange is located on the Island of Montreal south-west of downtown in the Montreal-Ouest and Westmount area. The highway interchange was built in 1967 and after 41 years of service the infrastructures are in poor condition and it is time for reconstruction. The interchange is a major passenger and freight transportation axis and is used by 280,000 vehicles per day.
The project which began in 2009 and is due for completion in 2016 has entered the drilling and soil stabilization phase. Camille Blais et Fils from the Montmagny area of Quebec has been awarded the tender to provide stabilizing piles for the foundations of the structures. The work consists of 16 2.1 metre diameter holes along with 505 400 millimetre holes.
In preparation for the large diameter holes on the project Camille Blais chose to purchase a McDrill Technology CMV MDT TH26 self-erecting piling drill from Selix Equipment Inc. The rig has over 450 HP and weighs in at 90 metric tonnes. Capable of drilling up to 2.5 metres in diameter, and with a Kelly Bar over 50 metres in depth Camille Blais believed it was the rig needed for this job. They also appreciated the speedy erection time thanks to the parallelogram support system and that no crane support is required. All McDrill piling rigs are equipped with heavy duty retractable/extendable crawlers for easy transportation and enhanced stability on the job. The operator appreciates the very comfortable soundproofed cabin with large electronic display to control all drilling parameters.
The smaller diameter holes are being done with Camille Blais’ MDT230B also a member of the group of 11 MDT drills Selix sells and supports in Canada. The MDT230 is a 23 tonne multipurpose drill that is known for its manoeuvrability, reliability, and productivity. All functions are remote controlled in order to minimize idle time and the carefully designed control layout makes it easy for any operator. Motors are controlled independently to allow precise and slight movements.
Cal Blais told Selix recently that the job is going very well and he is very pleased with the performance of his Selix/MDT drills. Selix would like to take this opportunity to thank Camille Blais for its confidence in the Selix/MDT team and for choosing their drills for this important infrastructure project.
Who Is Selix?
“Whatever you do to put a hole in the ground……that’s our business”
Selix is a company that services the drilling industry in Canada. The company operates in the Canadian drilling industry and specializes in the supply and service of drilling equipment, equipment parts, and drilling consumables. The scope of the business includes small and large rock drills for quarries and construction, and various sizes of multi-use drills for ground consolidation, environmental sampling, tie backs, micro piles, jet grouting and Geo-thermal and hydraulic piling rigs from 35-90 tons. Selix also has strategic supply arrangements with Carandina S.l.r. of Italy for the supply of foundation drilling tools, Dainong (DNHI) of Korea for hydraulic rock breakers and, PVE from Holland for piling and vibro equipment.