Sunday, August 17, 2008

Caesar's Palace Expansion

This is how we locate utilities before major excavating or drilling operations. Jason with Tab is operating this trackhoe.
Here Jason scratches around slowly to locate a 42 inch sewer main.
This part of the sewer main had to be uncovered when, despite our best efforts to locate it, we drilled into it. The repair for this was at least $100,000 and sewage had to be diverted over the weekend until the repair was completed. Litigation is ongoing.
These are the rebar "cages" that go in the drilled piles. The piles on this job are 30-84 feet deep, and the entire structure is supported on them.
Here's a pile being filled with concrete. The concrete has to be placed with the long snout on this boom pump.
A truss being swung into place by the crane. When it is positioned correctly it gets fastened with bolts to the columns.
This is one of the short trusses. Some of the monster trusses will have to be swung in with two cranes.
Here another truss has been fastened into place.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Recent Cartoons

Caesar's Palace Pics

The 200+ ton crane is up and running, and the structural steel guys are slinging column steel and beams in place. These pictures are not in the right sequence. Blogger only allows 5-pics-at-a-time uploads, and I always forget to load the last pictures first. Please forgive.
Flying column steel.

Here's a gratuitous shot of my buddy Wes. In the background is a freshly poured basement roof. Since about half of it will be covered in dirt, it's 1'-6" thick.
These are the bolts that the structural steel columns fasten to. It's my job to set these bolts in the right place. The painted bolt has a nut set to the right elevation. From there the structural iron guys place the shim packs that the column will rest on.
This is the crane runway. In this shot the crane is still being put together.
This is one of the many trusses that will be used to bridge the area that spans an existing 50-foot-wide culvert that runs diagonally through the convention area. To set these trusses will require two cranes.
This is a freshly-poured footing for a retainer wall. It's my job to make sure these rebars are in the right place and that the top of the concrete is at the right height.

Another out-of-sequence shot of the crane being assembled.

Sun and Wind

Here's my friend John showing me his new solar panels and wind generator. These solar panels track the sun to get maximum power all day long.
This is the inverter which turns the solar-generated direct current to 220 volts AC. The solar panel, 12' x 16', can generate 2.5 kilowatts. The wind generator can do 1.6 kilowatts. On a cloudless, windy day, John's electric meter runs backwards. Here in the Mojave Desert, sun and wind are plentiful.