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OCT 2018

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TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // OCTOBER 2018 6 TUNNELINGONLINE.COM Akkerman Hosts 100 Guests for Three-Day Educational Series Celebrating 45 Years Akkerman Inc., the manufacturer of guided boring, micro- tunneling, pipe jacking, sliplining, and tunneling equipment invited customers and industry professionals for a three-day event series featuring educational sessions, equipment train- ing, demonstrations and factory tours in celebration of its 45-year anniversary. Akkerman hosted approximately 100 guests at their manufacturing facilities in Browns - nesota on September 18-20, 2018. The equipment demonstrations included three 240A Guid- ed Boring Systems with original P100D diesel, P100E electric, and the new Tier IV P4075D power packs, a 240A jacking frame and rock drill adapter with TriHawk® drill bit set-up for guided rock auger b - Jacking Frame with the High Torque Casing Adapter for di- rect casing installation alongside a 36-inch Rock Boring Unit, displays of weld-on reaming heads, high thrust bearing Guide Rod Swivels, a v ols, bentonite and lu- brication pumps, several TT Technologies, Inc. pneumatic pipe hammers, Logan Clay jacking pipe, the SLS 50/100 sliplining system with a HOBAS pipe section, a peripheral drive SL86P microtunnel boring machine, microtunneling control con- tainers, Akkerman Bentonite Injection System, AZ100 Total Guidance System, and complete Tunnel Boring System with a 540. Guest were also able to preview - ance System with data logging capabilities of thrust pressure, rotation pressure, target images and the number of pilot tubes installed. Tuesday and Wednesday feature Hands-On Equipment Training led by Akerman's field tech- nicians and a Trenchless Technical Seminar. The Trenchless Technical Seminar covered the ASCE's guided boring best practices by Jeff Boschert, P fective site inves- tigation by Robert P.E., Jacobs, guided auger boring and pipe r - in of TT Technologies, Inc., guided bor- ing with clay pipe by David Gill, Logan Clay Pipe, Sliplining with Gabriel Castelblanco, HOBAS, ASCE microtunneling guidelines by Dr. Glenn Boyce, Ph.D., obs Asso- ciations, lubrication by Yovani Zela Alberts, Akkerman, and the AZ100 TGS guidance system by Troy Stokes and Brad Wheeler, Akkerman. On Thursday Akktoberfest attendees enjoyed tours, dem- onstrations, and a contractor's roundtable throughout the day and the evening's 45th Akkotberfest Celebration with Ger- man and lo ota fare and beverages, and a private conc ellar and the Hardways. During his r ynard Akkerman, CEO and Presi- dent reflected on how it's been his privilege to be a part of this industry and see it flourish over the years. He detaile y father started D.H. Akkerman Construction Company in the 1950s, and later designed the first Akkerman 360 Tunnel Bor- need to install pipe on a project crossing. Our roots as a contractor is one of the key points that distinguishes us from our competition; we've been there, and even today we continue to garner contractor feed- back to inform our equipment designs. I'm so proud of how far we've come, and all the amazing innovation offered in our products today. Our success is thanks to our highly-skilled team and their dedication to producing the best pipe jacking and tunneling equipment and the continued faith and loyalty of our valued customers." Established in 1973, Akkerman develops, manufactures and supports advanced guided boring, microtunneling, pipe jacking, sliplining and tunneling underground construction solutions that accurately install 4-inch through 14-foot pipe diameters for a broad range of ground conditions and project challenges. Akkerman systems are available for purchase, lease-to-purchase, or rent. McMillen Jacobs Associates' Glenn Boyce (left) and Akkerman Inc. president and CEO Maynard Akkerman were among the participants at the recent "Akktoberfest." Approximately 100 guests visited the Akkerman facilities in Brownsdale, Minnesota, on Sept. 18-20, 2018. B U S I N E S S B R I E F S

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