Ground-Stabilization Equipment Demonstrated at College Training Site

Published 12.04.2014

Workforce Development

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site's classroom.Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes ...... providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.One of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and providers of portable access solutions brought military-tested technology to the civilian front at Penn College on Thursday, demonstrating its product for a group of industry representatives at the college's riverside training grounds in Montgomery. Faun Trackway USA brought along its Medium Ground Mobility System-Beam Dispenser Lite, which it hopes will appeal to oil, gas, timber and mining interests. Mounted onto a business's existing equipment, the product lays down an operational and environmentally sensitive roadway that allows work crews to access remote areas where conditions and maneuverability pose a challenge. Following remarks by David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, and Michael Holdcraft, vice president of Faun Trackway USA, the group watched the product at work across a muddy field at the operations site – also used by heavy construction equipment students from the college's nearby Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The visit was facilitated by the Shale Training & Education Center at Penn College.