Meet Sandrine, the CRL's new construction machine

Publish Date : 27 Jul 2017

The exotic red Sandrine is the latest machine to be recruited for the City Rail Link Build. She is now waiting patiently on Lower Queen Street for her time in the construction spotlight.

She will be used by construction partners Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy JV as they work on the area around the Britomart Transport centre building.

What will Sandrine be doing?

Sandrine is a 90-tonne compact hydrofraise piling rig that will be used to dig the 15- to 20-metre-deep diaphragm wall (D-wall) panels that will form the structural support for the CRL tunnels at Britomart Station.

This video helps explain what a hydrofraise does.

Why is the machine called Sandrine?  

CRL contractor Soletanche Bachy has a tradition of naming its machinery after women who work for the company.

The rig is named after Sandrine Mussier, who has worked for Soletanche-Bachy for the past 20 years, looking after its international project staff.

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