The entire month was spent out in "the Field" about 1.5 hr drive South of Fox Creek, Alberta staying in a Camp working Nights. So not a lot of vitamin D, but enough tasty food to have me flirting with 90kg (200 lbs)! Yikes!!!
The Job - One of the bigger pipeline companies in Canada and the world employed a company to implement a "Direct Pipe" installation which they contracted us to "Steer". Direct pipe is a newer technology derived from conventional tunnelling and micro-tunnelling. Essentially a steerable tunnel boring machine unit thrusted forward by large hydraulic clamps that pull the trailing Product pipe behind it and in to the hole to cross under a river without disturbing it.
End of October drive to Edson for all the "Fun" orientations, etc. The next day back to Edmonton to pick up supplies and then on to Camp.
|Some side highway to get to Edson|
|"The People's Mechanic"|
|Yikes, what happened?|
|Greggs in Edmonton|
|Like an Airport terminal for industrial supplies|
|Look at the Ridgeline go!|
The Camp - A little room, shared bathroom with the Day guy next door, great food, a little gym and free Golden Tee!
|Looks like a Horror Movie|
My little Camp room
The Site - Tricky 15 min drive where you may slide off the road on the way. Temperatures over the month ranged from 4 C to - 28 C.
|No expense spared on Rig Mats|
|50" Direct Pipe TBM|
(Tunnel Boring Machine)
|Ken C showing a little leg|
|Look at all that matting $1000 each|
|Cold setting in|
|Don't worry, they don't let me touch|
|My command centre|
|Check out this mouse stand up|
|That's what we are mining through|
|Holding the pipe product|
|A little slippery|
|Keep that beaver tail warm|
|no clamp zone|
|Can't HDD this gravel stuff|
|I was up to 197 lbs, damn wing night|
|Not my lunch, but that will add some lbs|
|Oh crap...those screens can't take|
all this rock
|Section 2 in position|
|Building internals and sending it down|
|Filling the bin|
|A little tight spot|
|What night is it? what year?|
|Oh crap, that's not supposed to be|
concave. Pump bearing.
Heading Home - Then it was over. Night shift got within 10 m and that was enough for Day shift to finish it off. A long time since I had seen the sun and actually needed to wear sunglasses even at night on the 6.5 hr drive back to Calgary.
|It's been a slice|
|My fav train bridge|
|Always a happy chappy smiling|
after the job ends
|Like the gate way to freedom|
Golden Tee Scores - For my records.