Monday 2 May 2011

Construction plans — Part 1

"So, all of time and space, the entire history of the universe, every star, every planet... where do you want to start?"

This is it, May 2011 and the ice is about to melt. In less than three months we will have completed the High-Band Array (HBA) of KAIRA. Lots of questions, lots of challenges, lots of plans and... lots to do!

Let's take a moment to recap where we are, what we are doing and map out what we can expect over the course of what will be a very challenging summer.

As we write this, we are in the midst of the planning phase. This means working out the details of the schedules. Although a general strategy was worked out some time ago, the intricate details of the deployment need to be worked out and equipment lists and staff rosters drawn up. It also means the placing and evaluating tenders for any local contractor work.

There is also a large amount of documentation that needs to be completed, ranging from supplementary material for the planning applications, through to the site and traffic management plans, risk assessments, tool inventories, first aid and emergency procedures, safety equipment preparation, and organising accommodation.

The next few articles are going to explain what is going to happen over the course of the next three months.

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