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DEC 2018

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6 TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // DECEMBER 2018 2019 Golden Beaver Awardees Announced over, Chairman and CEO of Sundt Construction Inc. and 2018 President of The Beavers, has announced the recipients of the 2019 Golden Beaver Awards. These awards will be presented at the 64th annual Awards Dinner to be held Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 a t L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The guest speaker will be Anousheh Ansari, co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems, a major pioneer in the connectivity of the home and the networking of businesses. Ansari and her family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-govern- mental organization to launch a re- usable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. Ames The Golden Beaver ward will be presented to Richard J. Ames, founder and chair- man of Ames Con- struction, Burnsville, ota. He started the company in 1962 as a one-man op- eration with a used 1954 Caterpillar D8. Within a few months he had enough work that his brother Ray- mond "Butch" Ames joined him as a partner. Their three other brothers also joined the company in the next few years. Over the next five decades the business has grown from a small, family-run business serving their local community to a large, nationwide con- tractor – still family-run – with over 2,500 employees. Adams Henry E. "Hank" Ad- ams will receive the Supervision Award. A Construction Engi- neering Technology major from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Adams joined Peter Kiewit Sons' Company as a field engi- neer on the Bolton Hill Station. Over the next 23 years he progressed through estimating, superintendent, project manager and job sponsor posi- tions before being named area manag- er for Kiewit and Grow Tunneling Corp. In 2001, Adams became an assis- tant district manager then district manager for Kiewit's Eastern District. He is now an executive vice president of Kiewit Infrastructure Group. Iwasaki The Engineering Award recipient is Randell H. Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Au- thority (CCTA) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Iwasaki, who earned his bache- lor's degree in civil engineering at Cali- fornia Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and master's degree in engineering from California State Uni- versity Fresno, is a registered engineer in California. He was named District 4 Director for the California Depart- ment of Transportation (Caltrans) in 2001, responsible for the nine Bay Area counties. In July 2004, he was ap- pointed interim Director of Caltrans, then chief deputy director for five years before becoming Caltrans Direc- tor in 2009. In 2010 he accepted the CCTA position, overseeing over $3 bil- lion of transportation projects and pro- gram. Syar Industries Inc. will re- ceive the Service and Supply Award. Syar is president of the com- pany founded by his fa ony" Syar in 1938. Syar earned his first paycheck at the age of 14 working on a paving crew. For the first 50 years, the company was pri- marily a heavy engineering contrac- tor, adding materials production through the years. In 1986, the compa- ny acquired Basalt Rock Co. from Dill- ingham, making it a major materials producer. Under Syar's guidance the company expanded its materials pro- duction in nine counties in California. Of the 500-plus employees, there are many second-generation and 30-plus year career people, evidence of the "family" environment in the com- pany and its commitment to the com- munities where it operates. ed that it com- pleted the final drive on the 4.5-mile Black- lick Creek Interceptor Sanitary Sewer tun- nel for the City of Columbus (Ohio), three months ahead of schedule. Up to 75 crew members have been working day and night in Blacklick, Ohio, using a 12-ft diameter earth pressure bal- ance tunnel boring machine to install the 10-ft inner diameter, fiber-reinforced precast concrete final liner. The machine and tunnel passed through two inter- mediary shafts and negotiated 12 curves covering approximately 70 percent of the alignment. A particular challenge of this project was the high variability of ground con- ditions. Although are typically suitable for soft ground, the Blacklick ma- chine was specially designed to handle shale rock as well. Completion of the drive is a significant milestone on the proje ews will spend several months building concrete structures in shafts and completing surface restoration. Columbus Blacklick Tunnel Reaches Milestone B U S I N E S S B R I E F S TUNNELINGONLINE.COM Epiroc Drilling Solutions LLC has ac- quire C, a U.S.- based company that provides technology solutions for the autonomous operation of mining vehicles. Epiroc acquired 34% e Utah, and is a subsidiary of Autonomous Solutions Inc. Its products include on-board hardware and software that convert vehicles to au- tonomous operation, as well as system level software platforms for command and control of autonomous fleets across vari- ous mining applications. The solutions in- tegrate with various mobile mining equip- ment, regardless of make or model, and are used by mining customers globally. The business is estimated to have revenues in 2018 of more than $6 million. Epiroc Acquires Part of ASI Mining

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