LARGE STRUT SYSTEM DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
Shimmick Construction, out of Oakland, CA, having worked with C. H. Bull in the past on bridge jobs and other high tonnage jacking jobs called us for a new application. C. H. Bull is known as a solutions company when it comes to high tonnage jacking and other areas like fall protection. Stan Sheppard, our in house jacking expert, worked with the Shimmick engineers to design a system to stress large diameter horizontal steel supports which were needed at three levels of the large foundation being excavated for a new building.
These struts had to handle a lot of force (up to 700 tons) because the excavation was surrounded by high rise buildings.
Four (4) 355 ton jacks with 4” stroke, four (4) 660 ton jacks with 3” of stroke and four (4) 660 ton jacks with 6” of stroke were mounted into special jacking fixtures that fit around the pipe. These were designed so once the strut was jacked to the pre-determined force the struts could be secured in place and the jacking fixtures could be picked by a crane and moved to the next strut.
C. H. Bull also supplied to the job all of the hydraulic hoses, manifolds, valves, gauges and two – 10 HP pumps with 20 gallon reservoirs. All of the jacks where also calibrated to the gauges to insure accurate measurements of the forces applied. Stan Sheppard was at the job site consulting to assure the systems were being set up and operated correctly. This was another unique application where working with our customer we were able to engineer a successful solution.