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 Post subject: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:31 am 
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Everyone gets 3 seconds of fame!

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/huge-sl ... o-5107418/

Hahaha

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:12 pm 
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Ha ha! Get that road cleared!

But be careful too!


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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:39 am 
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I didn't see a camera around your neck :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:05 am 
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4xxxx wrote:
I didn't see a camera around your neck :lol:


Cheers

I noticed that too.

Bad show. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:23 am 
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Hahaha.

Ok will rectify by posting some of the photos I have taken of the slip

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:26 pm 
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Great to put a (under-pressure) face to the name :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:21 am 
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http://vimeo.com/51164767

If you are prompted for a password it's slip.

This is what I have been working on for the last month. It's about 120m high, the work we are undertaking is removal of very unstable rock at the head of the slope in a controlled manner. Some of the video is mine, some is the heli and some the abseil crew.

The slope failure was probably instigated by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake followed by a weekend of heavy rain. You have to remember nz is still geologically young and still moving. Since the initial failure we have had 3 further landslides and multiple controlled rockfalls.

It's my job to manage and direct these works and to get the road open. We have had the road open since day 1 the road was only closed for around 6 hrs. Whist we have had minor closures due to overnight rockfall we are continuing to stabilize the slope and maintain an open road.

The road is one of the worlds top 10 tour routes.

Hope you like it :D

Yes.. I have a very exciting job at times .... I love it...

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:32 am 
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I had no idea water was used in this way. Really interesting. 8)

Great video & sound track btw.

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:36 am 
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Cheers Carlos although I'm not taking any real cdit for the video, I just submitted some footage.

Yes the water helps move a real huge volume of material that would normally not move until a heavy rainfall, hence we can accelerate failures and control the failure.

It's not always the best method as we are limited to how much the heli can carry, if you notice the heli is stripped out to ensure it can carry the 1000kg of water.

The scalers and abseilers still have to manually move some huge blocks that the water can't shift. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
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Amazing video, and as oldCarlos, I didn't know water was used like this, very interesting.
Great footage, loved the soundtrack :D

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:48 pm 
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awesome, love your work.

Think you need a bigger bucket, though. If a little bit of water is good , more is better right??
Saw some of the Erikson Skycrane`s in action down here during the fires. That should help flush the stuff away. :D

here is a video, only picked this one because its quick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5XVEHhQ ... re=related

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:02 am 
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hahaha

it never rains but it pours...

got a phone call this morning at 7.30.... was back out there again today...same thing different location..this time its the milford sound road..photos to follow..this one is a biggy !

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7812408 ... Milford-Rd

just got back in and im off to bed for a sleep !

i do like my job !

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Milford Rd rockfall by robbon44, on Flickr

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Milford Road Rockfall by robbon44, on Flickr

the little yellow dot bottom left of the slip on the road is a toyota landcruser...just for scale.. :)

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Milford Road Rockfall by robbon44, on Flickr

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Milford Rd Tunnel Avalanche Clearing by robbon44, on Flickr

The first and last photos are of the Milford Sound tunnel entrance which can be hit with several avalanches per year. Last one was this morning at 5am. The guys have been working hard to get it cleared so the tourist buses stuck in Milford Sound can get out....but the rockfall a bit further down the road made this a bit pointless :)

The road will be closed for a week but we have been checking the higher rock bluffs for more failures but its not looking too bad. Its a big face with the main failure having occurred in the top most 50m or so but because the rock type is pretty hard granite the boulders didnt break up so easy. You can see the main failure lines through the trees and down the main faces. One of our key concerns is that thefall blocked a waterfall gully causing the water to back up behind a rockfall dam...this is bad news as it eventually fails fairly catastrophically ! also its fairly high up so there is little we can do..

Some big rocks to blow up first at road level !

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:32 am 
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bugger.
I have been on both of those roads. Definitely one of the best drives and spectacular scenery. In some ways with the amount of rain you can get on the west coast and earthquakes I am surprised this doesn`t happen more often. Good to see that no-one got hurt in the rock slides, with so many tourist and tourist buses, it a real risk, I guess.

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:09 am 
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Ye it's a real risk that a camper van or bus load of tourists gets hit...

Still it keeps me busy!

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 Post subject: Re: Just doing my job...
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:42 am 
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http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/wild-we ... 9016/video

Hehe.. I r an expert...

Although I think that is ex as in past it, and spurt as in small drip ! :lol:

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