Photo Courtesy of Traylor Bros. Accurate pipe-pile placement was confirmed by a Jones-designed device that has a conical nose to self-center in piles, an inclinometer to plumb and two GPS units for location. Photo Courtesy of Traylor Bros. Related Links: 2013 Award of Excellence Winner Wayne E. Jones Award of Excellence: Getting Close to Mr. Jones In another elegant solution to a controls-and-management problem on the surge-barrier project, Jones turned to an instrument-laden, 50-ft-long, bullet-pointed pipe to provide accuracy validation for pile placement 35 ft under an active navigation channel.As it built the wall of the Inner Harbor Navigation Channel
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.