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Bobcat digger gets Italian spoil out of tight spot

Compact loader helps excavate Italian pedestrian tunnel at lakeside monastery.

A Bobcat T300 compact tracked loader has provided a unique, cost-effective solution for removing spoil from the construction of a pedestrian tunnel in Italy.

The tunnel is on the site of the 14th century monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso, a popular destination for pilgrims located at the base of a sheer cliff face above one of the deepest points on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore.

It will be linked to a new 12-person capacity lift system that will make it easier for visitors to get from the car park to the monastery.

The project was commissioned by the province of Varese, with design by Milan-based engineer Achille Balossi Restelli.

Spoil constraint

At the planning stage it was clear that removing spoil from the tunnel would severely restrict the progress of the work.

The inaccessible entrance, little room to manoeuvre and the need to lower a machine to a specific point using only the construction site crane narrowed the choice down to a compact loader, as no other type of machine
would have been able to work in these conditions.

Specialist subcontractor ACCISA - working for main contractor ICOP - opted for a Bobcat T300 compact tracked loader, fit¬ted with an anti-particulate filter to reduce emissions. The machine was dismantled and lowered into the tunnel entrance using the site’s crane. It was then reassembled to carry out the work and, at the end of the job, and the dismantled again for removal.

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