Pile Driving

At the construction site near our office they have started the pile driving process.

Construction, Dublin, California, Pile DrivingThe pile driving machine showed up on the site about three weeks ago just before a series of storms swept through the area. You can see here that this was a very overcast and gloomy day.

Pile driller, pile driving, constructionHere you can see the pile driver getting setup and also how wet the ground was.

When you think of a pile driver you usually think of a big hammer unit that drives piles into the ground. However, they are using a drilling method at the site.

Pile driver, zeiss innovation center, Dublin, California, reflectionHere the pile driver is drilling one of the first holes. Instead of hammering piles into the ground, this process involves drilling a hole and then filling it with rebar and concrete.

I like the reflection of the pile driver in the retention basin.

Pile driver, turner construction, construction, Zeiss innovation centerHere is the pile driver in action. You can see the screw of the drill and a small pile of dirt that it is bringing up. At the left you can see the rebar bundles that will be placed in the holes once they are drilled.

I took this picture last week, but have not had a chance to visit the site this week as I have been very busy. I am still catching up with some things because of my Horrible Tuesday Commute.

Construction Site, Pile Driver, Trees Budding, SpringIn this last picture you can see that the trees are starting to bud out. It was taken about three weeks later than the first picture in the post. There is a big difference.

Today is the First Day of Spring, and with the improving weather I am sure that the construction will really start showing signs of progress.


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Horrible Tuesday Commute

For the second week in a row I have had a horrible Tuesday commute. Last Tuesday it was Pothole Problems that caused an almost two hour commute to work.

Traffic Trouble, Commute Routes, pothole, trafficThe map above illustrates how a large number of roads flow into the 580 funnel. If the funnel gets even partially blocked then it can lead to a horrible commute.

Altamont, Commute, Bacon Truck, Truck FireThis morning it took me more than two and a half hours to travel about 12 miles to where a truck had caught on fire in the early morning hours. For regular Altamont commuters, you know right where this is, about a mile from the summit.

Altamont Commute, Truck Fire, Bad TrafficHere you can see the truck that was on fire. The fire had consumed most of the trailer and the contents. I found out that the truck was carrying salami and bacon. I thought about clever titles like “Burnt Bacon Breakfast Commute”, but decided not to use any of them.

Burnt Bacon, Altamont Fire, Truck Burnt, Commute nightmare, Breakfast CommuteHere is a closer look at the trailer. You can see that there is still some smoke coming off of the trailer.

altomont mess, commute nightmare, Burnt Bacon and SalamiYou may have noticed that the trailer did not have a cab in the previous pictures. Here it is already loaded on a flatbed trailer. It pretty much burnt to the ground. Luckily the driver escaped the truck without injury.

When I went past two lanes were blocked and it wasn’t until the afternoon when one of them opened. I am hoping that all will be clear in the morning.

The last 14 miles of my commute took only about 15-20 minutes, and thankfully traffic on the way home was not bad at all.

Hoping for a nicer commute tomorrow morning.



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