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Bolt-A-Bin best for Baffin bridge abutments


AIL MINING was contracted for the design and supply of four sets of Bolt-A-Bin bridge abutments for the Mary’s River iron ore operation on Baffin Island in Canada’s high arctic. 

All-weather solution perfect for Arctic conditions 

Often chosen for remote retaining walls, headwalls, wingwalls or abutments, Bolt-A-Bin is a versatile modular bin-style system that assembles easily without the need for heavy equipment, pile driving or concrete pouring. 

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Bolt-A-Bin cells are formed from strong, Galvanized and Aluminized Type 2 steel components that are bolted together at the job site and then filled with granular material. The fill material and the metal shell act as a gravity retaining wall to resist surcharged loading, sliding and overturning of the earth behind the wall.

AIL MINING worked closely with the project partners and our production manufacturing and shipping teams to ensure tight project timelines were met. Due to the remote location, all components were container-shipped by sea for on-site assembly.

Eight structures assembled in two weeks

Things went very well and the client’s construction teams assembled all eight abutment structures in about two weeks in extremely cold conditions. We also supplied a large amount of Corrugated Steel Pipe for this project.

“AIL MINING was able to turn around the products ordered from their respective production facilities in record time. The service rendered and follow-through will definitely lead to future orders for other projects that I will be involved in.” – Rocco Zito, Hatch

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Project Name: Baffinland Abutments
Location: Baffin Island
Owner: Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
Consultant: Hatch (Mississauga)
Contractor: PDM Services / Arctic Contractors 
Product: Bolt-A-Bin 
Application: Abutments for four bridge crossings
Dimensions: Four bins wide for each abutment, various heights
Installation time: Approximately two weeks for bin assembly