Western Marine of Seattle Blasts Wrangell Narrows to 24 ft
Western Marine owner Kriss Hart keeps a keen eye on the project. Due to marginal DGPS differential corrections in the Wrangell Narrows area, LBA was forced to put a differential corrections base station up to tighten the XY position of DB BEAVER. The rock drill barge SWINOMISH was finally outfitted with a Trimble 750 RTK 2cm DGPS system by Tony Patrello to assist accurate drilling and blasting. The tidal current in the narrows can reach 5-7 knots at times making the job a challenge. Western Marine is doing the job - no green hands on this project!
Joe Zech runs the show and keeps the rock moving.
L. Gary Miller Construction Rep for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers keeps a careful watch on the operation.
L2R Western Field Boss Doug Arnold and Operator Rich Barger ready for a blast. You want to mess with these guys? Photo by L. Gary Miller
Boom - Photo by L. Gary Miller
John Cox runs the BEAVER
Mike Brooks assisted LBA in the installation of the WINOPS systems aboard BEAVER and the drill & blast barge SWINOMISH.
DB BEAVER from Aberdeen WA gets wired with WINOPS
BEAVER winch station has a WINOPS screen to assist in locating the rig for precision sediment removal.
WINOPS screen of Wrangell Narrows
Boom tip DGPS mount aboard BEAVER
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