Photos and Text by Bill Lane
All materials, people, etc., had to be loaded at Sondrestrom (BW8) on the C130’s and flown to Dye 2 on the ice cap.
The transportation of people and materials was a big deal on this project. For example, the structural steel was fabricated in the U.S. by American Bridge, shipped to a sea port, loaded on a ship, sailed to BW8, unloaded from ship, loaded on a truck, hauled to a the contractors yard, unloaded, separated for Dye 2 and Dye3, loaded on pallets (size and weight had to meet the requirements of the aircraft), pallets loaded on a truck (see photo below), pallets hauled to a C130, pallets loaded on the plane, aircraft flown to Dye2 and unloaded.
The underground structure cannot be seen. The foundation consisted of a heavy timber mat founded on ice and a structural steel grillage founded approximately 30 feet below grade. The sixteen columns (8 pairs) shown in the photo, are supported on the grillage/timber mat. Each pair of columns is braced horizontally in both directions by a truss type framework. Note the horizontal frame around each pair of columns. Also note the sloping and vertical steel members framing into the bottom of the steel frame. The foundations and steelwork are protected by a timber enclosure. Note the exposed areas of the top of the timber enclosure.
Note the mechanism the crane is lowering between a pair of columns. It is part of the jacking system that could raise the building as new snow and ice accumulated at the top of the icecap. The system included sixteen 350 ton jacks.
Note the horizontal frame at each pair of columns and the sloping and vertical steel members framing into the bottom of the steel frame. Note the exposed areas of the top of the timber enclosure.
These photos show the four P.O.L. storage tanks at various stages of construction.
These photos give an idea of life at the Dye 2 site during the construction phase. The construction workers worked 10 hours a day 7 days a week.