Joining Forces to Engineer with Nature
U.S. Army, Douglass Pile, and ICE® Secure the Earth
Editor: Allison Braswell
There is a vital group of U.S. Army employees whose engineering services strengthen security and restore the environment of the United States and more than 130 other countries. They are first on the scene at natural disaster areas, save 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually as the Nation's largest hydro-power generator, maintain the safety of roughly 25,000 miles (about 40233.6 km) of inland waterways for commerce--and 98% of them are not enlisted Soldiers.
Founded in 1775, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of 37,000 Civilians and Soldiers who specialize in engineering and environmental solutions related to flood control, beach nourishment, military engineering and more. Civil works may involve dredging and building dams, while engineers in combat are experts in detecting mines and breaching barriers with explosives. The USACE's services to both the public and the military are critical to national security, economic stability, and disaster relief.
Currently, the USACE oversees 400 lake and river projects, 12 million acres (about twice the area of New Jersey) of public lands, and over 93,000 campsites. Tionesta Lake, for instance, is one of the group's 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District of Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1940, the main purpose of Tionesta Lake is to reduce downstream flooding as part of the Allegheny and upper Ohio Rivers flood control system. The USACE manages the upkeep of the lake's campgrounds and other recreational amenities. At the entrance of one of the shore-side campgrounds, the driveway had started to slide into the lake, narrowing the space for passing vehicles and endangering users of the driveway.
Douglass Pile Co. was contracted by the USACE to build a retaining wall in the eroded area to prevent further slippage. They chose an ICE® 22D Vibratory Driver/Extractor to drive NZ19 sheet piles that would create the earth-retaining template. The compact size of this hammer made an easy job of installing pile on a steep slope. With this new wall, the hillside is stabilized and campground visitors using the driveway will feel safe when traveling for years to come. Furthermore, this project contributes to Tionesta's $570 million-worth of flood damage prevention since the lake's completion. Bravo, Douglass Pile! International Construction Equipment, Inc is grateful for the opportunity to partner in aiding our Nation's engineering force, enabling them to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to the world's environmental challenges.
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