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    Working on a 40 year old gas plant that has been worked and reworked many times. Pipes and cables everywhere. Cut-off pipes and cables everywhere. Should be 4-5 more days of pulling my hair out....

    Just thought I'd share. I feel better now.

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    Default Re: 4o year old gas plant

    Probably be easier to show where there *isnt* something lol. I wonder if a gpr would help with a mess like that ?
    I guess if its a site survey they want to know what goes where.. as opposed to them wanting to install some new thing (where they would be looking for a clear area etc).
    Good luck on it..
    (May you live in interesting times)

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    I've done tank farms and a few regulator stations for the gas company. I don't envy you. The last time I was at one of the bigger regulator stations I called my boss and told him that I quit. He gave me a "quick" job to do on my way home. He didn't take into acount that it was about an hour west of the highway that I took, and 30min up a logging road. Since he didn't equip me with a CB I had to wait for an escort from the gas company witch added another 30min onto it. I got up to the station at about noon, called my boss and said I quit at about 6pm, and didn't leave site till closer to 9pm. Pipes everywhere, control cables everywhere. There were pipes as deep as 18' and as shallow as 2'. The whole time I was there it reaked of rotten eggs and old shoes...........i'm still not sure where the old shoe smell came from. I had to go back to finnish up the next day. It sucked.

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    The company just bought it and wants to know what they've got for environmental testing and some new pipelines they've got planned from some new wells. I have a GPR, but it's not so good in the clay.

    I've spent 2 days identifying the pipes (41 so far) 16 coming in and out of the plant and 25 inside the plant. There's cut-off sh*t everywhere. Tomorrow and Saturday is cables. I'll then scan the whole site Sunday looking for unknowns.

    It's a challenge. I do like a challenge.

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    well........if anything now I feel better!!! ha! hang in there LIne!!!!!
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    Are they at least leaving you alone in there to work ? Or is this a working plant , so ppl and equipment moving around etc..
    How are you moving the info to paper ? Do you set up a grid or something ?
    (May you live in interesting times)

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    Default Re: 4o year old gas plant

    The plant is up and running. There's people and equipment working, but nobody is standing over our shoulders tapping their watches. They understand "it takes what it takes".

    I put it to paper one of two ways. 1) RTK GPS Survey (my preference) or 2) Air Photo imported into vector graphic program and trace landmarks (buildings etc) Buried structures are added, but not to scale.

    RTK is more $, but scale is king.

    May finish tomorrow, but may have to do half a day Sunday to finish 'er up.

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