Auger Torque and Avant / Wirt­gen W 100 milling ma­chine

Auger Torque and Avant help cre­ate Game of Thrones ho­tel

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While most of us en­joy­ing high tem­per­a­tures in the land down un­der, it’s easy to for­get that large parts of the north­ern hemi­sphere are cur­rently cov­ered in a thick blan­ket of ice and snow. Cov­er­ing an area of about 20 square kilo­me­tres in the re­mote La­p­land re­gion of Fin­land, SnowVil­lage is a sea­sonal re­sort that con­sists of a Snow Ho­tel, with snow rooms and suites, Ice Restau­rant, Ice Bar and Ice Chapel.

This year, the en­tire ho­tel, made pos­si­ble through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with HBO Nordic is ‘Game Of Thrones’ themed. Within the ho­tel you can find a life-sized iron throne with swords, a scary Braavosi Hall of Faces and even a white walker with glow­ing blue eyes.

The im­pres­sive struc­ture has been carved out us­ing a cus­tom-made Auger Torque Earth Drill paired with a 760i loader from Auger Torque OEM part­ner Avant.

Avant is one of Auger Torque’s main global part­ners and ap­proached Auger Torque’s UK team to help de­sign and build a special ice auger and frame to fit the 760i loader. The end re­sult was the Avant XHD92 auger drive, based on the Auger Torque 4500MAX.

Avant says the auger was an im­me­di­ate suc­cess and cut months of con­struc­tion time.

“I’ve got very pos­i­tive feed­back,” Avant Tecno Fin­land’s Ta­pio Torkkel says. “Pre­vi­ously it took about 10-12 hours to make a pas­sage through the heav­ily packed snow and ice wall. With a thick­ness of about 2-3m, this used to be done by a two-man team us­ing chain­saws and there­fore was quite time and labour in­ten­sive.

“With the auger the first cut can now be com­pleted in only about five min­utes. The team cal­cu­lated that the auger saved man­power worth three months as the whole lay­out was ac­tu­ally planned around the new auger at­tach­ment and this strat­egy paid out,” Torkkel adds.

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