Berminghammer one of the companies driving piles in the west Toronto Junction Go Transit project has considerable experience in driving piles just about everywhere in North America, and as well as being a significant manufacturer of the equipment to drive piles. As this post is written the pile drivers can be heard – working in unison as they place the piles using the template (pictured below)…and the noise and vibration issues continue, abet with Go Transit committing to a reduction of noise though various methods, yet one of items that should not be overlooked is the use of Berminghammer’s smokeless pile driving technology [link to their site], if a lesser quality pile driver type and contractor were used the situation would be much worse.
Where the city loses in all the problems around the West Toronto Diamond project and the related crossings outside of our area is the bid process where the lowest cost bidder/and or method wins.
Both Anchor and Berminghammer have vast experience in these areas, and so does Delcan one of the design contractors. Would it not have been reasonable to ask each of these companies to bid with with consideration to the urban environment they were to work in, no doubt they could have solved the problem.