Thursday, November 1, 2012

4th and 5th lifts

Yesterday, we had a productive day at the job site. This was the scene in the morning at the Applied Materials wind turbine site in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The sky was changing from moment to moment as the remnants of Sandy blew by making metering a constant challenge.

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Below from back to front is a blade, the 4th tower section and in the foreground is the 5th section.

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On top of the 3rd section, the crew awaits the arrival of the 4th section.

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The 4th section is tilted upright.

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The lift is in progress.

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Almost up there!

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Line it up and let it down.

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The 4th section is in place.

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Back on the ground, the shrink wrap is taken off of the nacelle.

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And there it is!

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The 5th section is being prepped.

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A little tinkering…

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A little waiting on top of the 4th section during a brief moment of blue sky.

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The tilt up.

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The bottom lifting fixture.

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Ease it down so the bottom lifting fixture can be remove.

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Now I scamper over to another spot where I can get a good perspective!

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Yes, that little speck on top of the 4th section is a person! Up comes the 5th!

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Up it comes!

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Yes! The crane is tall enough!

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An the end of the day came. The sun peeked through the clouds and gave a dramatic shot.

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The last shot of the day.

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Be sure to see all of the wind turbine posts!

11 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am enjoying this series and really looking forward to seeing the hoist and placement of the nacelle and blades.

Judy said...

I had no idea it could take so long to put one of these babies up!!
I love that second last shot, with the sun catching the tower and the crane!!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Thanks, John. Hopefully I can get the shots! I have to time my shots between meetings and what not.

Hi Judy, this has been a learning experience for all of us.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, wow! An awesome series indeed, Steve! I do love those last two shots! Amazing! Thanks for sharing these!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, I love these photos. I used to be a construction engineer so I love photos of cranes and lifts, and how stuff is put together.

Al said...

Wow, that's intense work and I wouldn't want to be up there when they're lowering the next section. Great series of photos!

Karen said...

What an interesting post, with ever changing skies. We have lots of wind turbines here, now I know how they are constucted! Thanks for sharing.

Stewart M said...

Great set of pictures - I like the ones where they are lining up the sections and the end of day shot is good as well.

Hope to see back on my blog soon!

Stewart M - Australia

Jim said...

Beautiful shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Ebie said...

Wow, these are great photos. The job entails so much precision!

Be safe!

Carver said...

Fascinating post and great shots.

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