We will be exhibiting at Railtex 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. The show runs from 9th to 11th May 2017. Please come and visit us on Stand N81 in Hall 3. We will be showing a small Schwing mobile boom pump, ideal for setting up on tight sites, and a high pressure Putzmeister static pump, built to pump long pipelines – 1,000 metres plus.
As previously reported, Crossrail now has a Learning Legacy website dedicated to “the collation and dissemination of good practice, lessons learned and innovation from the Crossrail construction programme”. The material, consisting of case studies, technical papers, documents, templates and datasets, is being “shared for use by other major projects and is relevant to clients, corporates, and suppliers from main contractors to small and medium enterprises.”
Recently a technical paper was published on the Learning Legacy website about the design, detailing and construction of the Moorgate shaft base slab – a 1750 m3 pour carried out using Camfaud pumps.
The technical paper makes for fascinating reading, especially in regard to the pour preparations. As the paper concludes: “Careful planning of the concrete pour from reinforcement detailing through to road closures to give access to a constrained site in the heart of the City of London, the contingency measures for disrupted concrete supply and the control of concrete temperature led to the successful execution of what was at that time Crossrail’s largest concrete pour.”
We are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold membership.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme that promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. FORS encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.
Congratulations are due to Richard Clark, our Plant & Transport manager, who manages the scheme for Camfaud, and to all of our pump operators, truck drivers and the drivers of our company vans and cars for their commitment to maintaining the highest driving standards.
For more information about this award, please visit the case study on the FORS website.
Our mobile boom pump fleet had a very busy year in 2016. We record the throughput of each of our mobile pumps so we can monitor the wear on the boom pipes and concrete pump wear parts. Last year our boom pumps pumped approximately 1,075,000 cubic metres of concrete. This is the first time that we had exceeded 1 million cubic metres of concrete pumped.
The highlight of the year, in terms of technical difficulty, has to have been the long distance pumping we have done using our static pumps. In 2016, we completed 43 pours that involve pumping though 500m or longer pipelines. The longest of these was in excess of 1,100m and several were around the 1,000m mark. If pumping that distance wasn’t difficult enough, 32 of the pours involved pumping heavy weight concrete. On the heavy weight concrete pours, at 1,000m, the pumps had to push around 44 tonnes of material on every stroke!
We were gratified, in 2016, to receive recognition for our work from several diverse, external sources. Last year Camfaud was identified by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”. We were also named as one of the “50 brightest and most innovative companies in Essex” by the Essex Innovation Programme. And Putzmeister, one of our two pump suppliers, featured our work pumping the concrete base for the British Airways i360, Brighton in a long article in the BAUMA edition of their Putzmeister Post and also in their 2016 Putzmeister Calendar.
And finally, 77,165 people visited our website in 2016 – including 102 on Christmas day, 5 of whom were considering applying for work at Camfauds!
Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd (‘Camfaud’) is delighted to announce, along with Premier Concrete Pumping Ltd (‘PCP’) and South Coast Concrete Pumping Ltd (‘South Coast’), a partnership with US based Brundage Bone, to create the world’s leading concrete pumping business. The partnership provides an exciting opportunity for us to continue increasing investment and innovation, to support further growth in these high performing UK businesses.
As part of the partnership with Brundage Bone, Camfaud will work increasingly closely with PCP and South Coast, while maintaining and celebrating these three unique and highly respected brands. UK operations will continue to be headed up by the existing management team of Tony Faud, Peter Faud, Brendan Murphy and Damian Shepherd. Tony will also be appointed as a member of the Brundage-Bone Board of Directors.
Tony Faud, Managing Director of UK operations, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Brundage-Bone in creating a world leader in concrete pumping. Brundage-Bone is a natural partner for us and we think this partnership will create great opportunities for our staff, our customers and our suppliers. Camfaud, PCP and South Coast are strong businesses that are leaders in their own markets and, we believe, will continue to grow and innovate as part of this new, larger group.”
“Brundage-Bone is proud to welcome these outstanding businesses, which are known for excellent customer service, technical excellence across a multitude of complex concrete pumping applications and strong leadership teams,” said Bruce Young, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brundage-Bone. “The addition of Camfaud, PCP and South Coast fit well with our own business model, and together we can leverage our capabilities on a multinational basis to best serve our customers. Moreover, with the financial support of Peninsula Pacific behind us, we have the right foundation to continue to prudently expand as conditions warrant.”