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August 27, 2003

Last Week it was Blaster. This Week It's Blasting

Construction workers are blowing up rocks within literally yards of my desk. Here's a relevant portion of the informational dynamiting email that arrived in my inbox this morning.

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Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 26, 2003 and continuing for several weeks, there will be drilling and blasting operations involving the construction area for the new Phillips Hall Addition (Science Complex Phase I). This new building will be located just South of the section of Phillips that houses the ITS / ATN Control Center and Machine Room plus the system administrators for the systems involved.

Please note the following blasting times:
8:30- 8:45 AM
10:10-10:25 AM
11:30-11:45 AM
1:10- 1:25 PM
2:30- 2:45 PM
4:10- 4:25 PM
5:20- 5:35 PM

Blasting is only to occur within these specific time frames but it may occur multiple times each day or not at all on a particular day.

Also note the following alarm notifications:

ATTENTION BLASTING SIGNALS:

WARNING: A 1 minute series of long sirens 5 minutes prior to blast signal.
BLAST SIGNAL: A series of short sirens 1 minute prior to the shot
ALL CLEAR SIGNAL: A prolonged siren following the inspection of the blast area.

Each individual blast should not be some "earth shattering" noise and will not induce vibrations that will bring down the building. Each blast is designed and sized to only crack the rock located in this area. Noise and vibration should only be minimal if noticeable at all.

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One thing for sure, "noticeable" has aquired a new definition, something along the lines of "It is unlikely that the blast will cause you to bleed from the ears."

The first blast just went off, and damned if it didn't cause everyone in the office to jump. The close edge of the construction site is literally less than 30 yards away, so while the blasts might not be noticeable to the campus, they are pretty obvious to the moles down here in the basement.

Wish the published schedule was a little more specific. I'd go watch the next few.

Update, at 2:43 Two more explosions. MUCH louder than the first. These sounded, and felt, like someone had run a semi full tilt into the side of the building. On the plus side, I now know that if I go outside at the scheduled time and find the construction worklers all gathered on the stairs, then a blast is imminent.

Posted by Bigwig at August 27, 2003 10:41 AM | TrackBack
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Mmmmmmmmm. Dynamite.

Posted by: Lex at August 27, 2003 03:12 PM

Sounds literally as if you were rudely transferred to New Mexico Tech, where blowing up things was coursework.

Posted by: Rich at August 30, 2003 06:13 PM
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