We've covered a lot of the pieces of equipment currently on site, and we've certainly seen the scrapers in action throughout many of our timelapse videos. From the sky, these behemoth belly scrapers can still look like ants dancing around in the dirt, but these hardworking tools of the trade are certainly one of the most unique heavy equipment vehicles out there.
In today's episode, Mike is joined by scraper operator, Tyler to learn more about the bodacious dual-engine belly scraper and its unique construction that allows the machines to operate in tandem.
Maybe they are dancing around the site after all!
Scrapers are made up of four key functional parts:
Scraper - cuts into the earth and then pushes material into the bowl
Bowl - stores the collected material from the scraper
Apron - closes the bowl when it's full to allow for transport of material from a cut area to a fill area or to stockpile
Ejector - dumps and pushes the loaded material out
Watching the scrapers work has provided such an interesting look at what it takes to prep a site like ours for the next phase of the construction process.
In today's cinematic masterpiece, From the Beehive, Mike is joined by Rock Truck Operator Nicole to walk through the operations of the majestic rock truck.
This piece of equipment and its operator is arguably one of the most important jobs on the mega site and Nicole is a great guide to show Mike the ropes to see if he has the rocks to operate this heavy machinery.
You've had questions and we are answering a few of them in today's update! If you have other buzzing questions about the site, or about what's happening in St. Thomas in general, please leave them in the comments and we will do our best to answer them in a future update!
We've got another special guest joining Mike on site this week! Senior Project Manager from the City of St. Thomas Industrial Development Team, Nathan Bokma takes Mike for a site visit to learn more about the process of constructing a water main to service the megasite!
We love meeting the crew and learning a bit about the roles and responsibilities that keep the site progress moving and safety is a big part of that!
Today Mike is joined onsite by Karen, the Health & Safety Coordinator, for a look at what's required to be safe, seen and...taken seriously ;) on site.