Excavation


Rockwheel D20 trenching in West Virginia sandstone and blue rock…a microcosm on the paradigm shift in rock excavation

Apr 13, 2017
With winter finally coming to a close the construction season in the Mid-Atlantic region is picking up steam.  With this seasonal uptick we at Alpine Rockwheel are getting more and more calls as excavation contractors and engineers recognize the benefit…

G45 Rockwheel takes 14,000 psi rock to task in New York wastewater treatment plant construction

Oct 31, 2016
Two 200-hp G45 Rockwheels installed on CAT349 excavators have helped the contactor complete a challenging rock excavation project in New York state.  Geo technical data indicated rock to be in the 14,000 psi range.  Because they were excavating next to…

High precision rock removal with D30 Rockwheel

Aug 09, 2016
The Rockwheel D30 is getting some great press from down under.  Extremely precise rock grinding with minimum disturbance to the adjacent material.  The same applies to tunneling work and concrete removal on sensitve structures. Alpine stocks the full line of…

Precision rock removal with Alpine Rockwheel

May 31, 2016
An interesting project is underway in the State of Indiana in the USA.  The contractor is using an Alpine D30 Rockwheel installed on a CAT336 excavator to precisely remove 4-ft of hard limestone shelf rock in order to place 96-ft…

How Deep into Rock Will a RockWheel Cut?

Apr 07, 2015
When you are placing a bid on an excavation project there are an abundance of factors that you are taking into consideration. There are concerns about the geographical location of the project site and the conditions you will potentially face…

Bedrock Excavation with Adjacent Sensitive Structures

Jul 29, 2014
Excavation of bedrock adjacent to aging or historic historic structures on problematic foundations is not a task for the faint of heart. Blasting is definitely a no-go and large impact hammers can cause seismic waves that propagate and cause micro or…

Cat Demonstrates Mini Excavator Versatility with Latest Viral Video

Jun 02, 2014
As construction companies face the reality of an aging workforce and the difficulty of finding young skilled workers, they also face the task of changing the public perception of the industry. The German Engineering Foundation, VDMA, is a good example…

3 Tips for Excavating a Foundation with a Rockwheel

May 06, 2014
In a competitive industry such as construction, every detail matters. This makes the planning and evaluation process so crucial. Construction teams do diligent work on the front end to evaluate the specifications of a project and submit a competitive bid.…

How Deep Will a Cutterhead Cut?

Mar 17, 2014
When you are placing a bid on an excavation project there are an abundance of factors that you are taking into consideration. There are concerns about the geographical location of the project site and the conditions you will potentially face…