|Loading the Truck in EPH|
||Loading the truck
||Loading the truck
The loading of
the truck went very smoothly and was well co-ordinated. The
moving-crew was split into 4 teams: one team loaded contents onto
dollies and rolled them down to the EPH loading-dock, the second team
loaded the dollies into the waiting truck; the third team (and
driver) emptied the truck in the ENG dock and the fourth team placed
the unloaded contents into the proper locations in ENG. One or two
ELCE staff supervised each team. (All these clips were recorded over
a period of several weeks beginning in mid-July, 2004 and ending in
|"The Great Escape": Moving the
||Rolling up the EPH loading dock...
||...Rolling down Mutual...
||...Rolling down Dalhousie...
motor-generator sets from the Electric Machines lab had wheels, they
were just rolled down the street from EPH to ENG. The ENG
freight-elevator broke-down, stranding 3 of the motor-generator sets
in the loading dock for several days.
Such move-techniques were
only possible if the weather co-operated. The summer was mostly sunny
and cool, though a few days with drizzle did make things
difficult. The hot and humid days were the worst for the moving
crew-- a few of them suffered from dehydration and nausea. The lack
of air-conditioning, poor ventilation and potable water in the
unfinished building, compounded the misery for everyone working
|Unloading The Truck in ENG|
The two major
causes of delays in unloading at ENG, were due to poor scheduling of
access to the loading dock and the numerous break-downs of the
freight elevator, caused by dirt and stones filling the door-guides
and initiating a system fault. This move was a perfect illustration
of the "hurry-up and wait" metaphor.
Daniel was responsible for
traffic control at the ENG dock. He notified those working upstairs,
via radio, when the trucks arrived and how much furniture and
equipment still remained.
(There are fewer clips of the
unloading phase as I was responsible for supervising the packing and
loading back in EPH and was only able to get to the ENG dock with the
last truck of the day.)
||Chiller-pipe leak in ENG302
||A peek out the balcony on a
||Wandering the halls on a
||Furniture in the corridor
leak resulted in several late-night phone-calls and a few people were
dragged out of bed to deal with it. No equipment was damaged as the
drop-sheets covering the benches (to protect the equipment from
construction dust) conveniently doubled as umbrellas.
"on-site" delays, the set-up of the labs was postponed until August
(even though some furniture had already been moved by mid-July); many
late nights and weekends in August were spent setting-up the
equipment in the undergrad labs to ensure operation by
September. (The late-night clips were recorded during our 9pm
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