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After digging 4 feet, (Big) Bertha stopped again, now with a fever [Single Core Tunnel Excavator]
The Seattle Times ^ | January 31, 2014 | Mike Lindblom

Posted on 02/01/2014 4:20:44 PM PST by steve86

After spending weeks searching for what might be blocking the Highway 99 tunneling machine, officials say there’s another problem: Bertha is running hot.

Adding to the trouble, project managers say they don’t know why.

High temperatures near the machine’s cutting face prompted contractors to stop mining after the drill advanced a total of 4 feet in test runs Tuesday and Wednesday. And that ended Bertha’s attempt to resume mining after an eight-week layoff. . . .I t took weeks for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) to pump away enough groundwater to safely allow an 11-day inspection of the front end, which found a concrete chunk and some steel pieces from a pipe Bertha struck Dec. 3, but no major obstacles.

With steel pieces out of the way, the continued overheating suggests a deeper challenge than, say, taking a fork out of the kitchen disposal.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bigbertha; digegr; highway99; washington
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Jeff, the guy in charge of Bertha, is too busy and too distracted trying to date one of the only women on the site. He calls her and sends multiple texts during work to her on her work phone which is state property. So there's one of the true reasons. Jeff is too preoccupied trying to get a date he forgot to go to work and stay there. How do I know? I work on the site and watch her gush every time she looks at her phone. No I'm not jealous, I do have a problem with people not doing their work at work.

2 posted on 02/01/2014 4:28:23 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Got anthropomorphism?


3 posted on 02/01/2014 4:28:39 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Illustration that goes with the article (can’t be posted here, I guess).

http://seattletimes.com/ABPub/2014/01/31/2022807873.gif


4 posted on 02/01/2014 4:31:01 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Speaking as the person who built the TBM’s for the Chunnel as well as the ones for the Seattle Bus tunnel.

Sounds to me like they may have a bearing problem in the head. Or could be bad sensors. I found that 50% of the problems were do to the sensors going bad(just like of your car).


5 posted on 02/01/2014 4:34:11 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: steve86

Bertha is running hot. I am sure Bubba is pleased.


6 posted on 02/01/2014 4:34:47 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Slings and Arrows
Got anthropomorphism?

I hate anthropomorphism and so does my cat.

7 posted on 02/01/2014 4:37:16 PM PST by Random Access
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To: stubernx98
Sounds to me like they may have a bearing problem in the head

That's what I thought, too. Maybe the steel pipe put an over-limit side load on one of the bearings.

8 posted on 02/01/2014 4:39:21 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Perhaps the only good news here is that the City of Seattle...and NOT the State of Washington is on the hook for any additional costs.


9 posted on 02/01/2014 4:39:31 PM PST by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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To: stubernx98

Or, it could be this.

Seattle Tunnel Drill Uncovers Possible Alien Activities

http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/news/ufo_extraterrestrials/2013/12/27/7434.html

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Many speculated that Big Bertha could have hit the side walls of one of the many alien bases on Earth.

Feliks Banel, Seattle’s historian elaborated on the history of the place 100 years ago. As a working waterfront, the object could be a part of a locomotive or a part of an old ship. However, he also did not discount the possibility of the presence of UFOs and extra-terrestrial activities.

“Maybe it’s some ancient artifact, maybe there is an ancient civilization here that goes way back that nobody’s even considered.”


10 posted on 02/01/2014 4:43:51 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Red_Devil 232
Bertha is running hot. I am sure Bubba is pleased.

Can say for sure Algore is pleased. Finally, incontrovertible proof of Glowbull Warming.

11 posted on 02/01/2014 4:47:23 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: steve86

12 posted on 02/01/2014 4:48:32 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: steve86

... wow... what an insightful post...


13 posted on 02/01/2014 4:52:11 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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Getting close to a deep fissure filled with magma?


14 posted on 02/01/2014 4:56:46 PM PST by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Slings and Arrows

And here I thought the thread was about Rosie O’D running into a Not-All-You-Can-Eat Buffet.


15 posted on 02/01/2014 4:57:17 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Random Access

I’m not superstitious, knock on wood.


16 posted on 02/01/2014 4:58:49 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: steve86

So let me get this straight, Jeff is causing this other girl to gush, while Bertha gets hot?

Sounds like a soap opera...


17 posted on 02/01/2014 5:00:14 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Zeneta; null and void
Aliens! I knew it!!!


18 posted on 02/01/2014 5:08:10 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: steve86; Salamander; JoeProBono
Could be a crossbeam gone out of skew on treddle.

19 posted on 02/01/2014 5:11:14 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: F15Eagle

Aliens.

 photo archer.jpeg

20 posted on 02/01/2014 5:15:03 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: stubernx98

Earlier articles had WSDOT talking to the operators and telling them they thought it was operating at too high of temperatures awhile ago - weeks before it hit the pipe and then a few days later was stopped.

But WSDOT was saying how they can only make comments, as the STP owners are the folks that make the final decisions (and therefore remain liable).

The “bad sensor” thing might be correct, but it reminds me of the failed gas line and explosion we had north of Seattle due to a “bad sensor software”. Had to do with the Y2K changes in software. After so many false alarms going off about a closed valve on a major gasoline pipeline, the operators ignored it. It WAS close, the thing ruptured and blew up, kill two people in a county park.

Sorry for the aside, but I hope if they think it is the sensors they replace them or troubleshoot them. And not try the old “Oh - ignore that, it is just a bad sensor” thing!

I can’t imagine - being stopped for almost a month now (since Dec. 6) and only going 800 feet or so. I wonder what surprises are in store for them the remaining x thousands of feet.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 5:21:21 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

Oops - time flies. Almost TWO months.


22 posted on 02/01/2014 5:22:06 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Catch me if you can and tame the beast
Should I leave you burning in the heat
Kick the throttle down, I’m on fire
It turns me on to feel the engine’s beat

Take it to the highway on the open road
I want to feel your power
Screaming into overload
She’s running hot, she’s hot

Coming out of nowhere, moving fast
I gotta keep the feeling
Make it last, met me feel your body
I’ll explode, together we will run to overload

Take it to the highway on the open road
I want to feel your power
Screaming into overload
She’s running hot, she’s hot


23 posted on 02/01/2014 5:27:24 PM PST by Lockbox
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To: shibumi

OK, So, I just checked your “About page”.

1. You are insane.

2. I like it.

3. see #1 and #2.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 5:29:15 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: shibumi

25 posted on 02/01/2014 5:29:44 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Zeneta

Normalcy is overrated.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 5:32:12 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Reminds me of the movie Used Cars when Mickey takes Luke Fuchs out for a daredevil ride in Luke's best car.

Giving Luke a heart attack.

Running hot! REAL hot!


27 posted on 02/01/2014 5:38:45 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: steve86

They ran into the Chinese tunneling machine.


28 posted on 02/01/2014 5:39:56 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: steve86

I don’t think it is love though something is in heat. I think Bertha is knocking at the gates of Hell or a Volcano. Either would suit for Seattle.


29 posted on 02/01/2014 5:43:31 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: Random Access

30 posted on 02/01/2014 5:48:55 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: 21twelve

I have done tunnels under most major cities, Paris. London, Sidney, Chicago, New York Boston and Seattle. I worked with the Japenses(Komatsu) building machines a couple TBMs. I looked at the head, and it looks OK, so I am thinking a design - quality problem with the main bearing and drive system.

I wonder if they designed it to drill bore holes ahead to determine if anything nasty is coming up?


31 posted on 02/01/2014 5:50:57 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Zeneta

You made me read shibumi’s about page and you are 100% right. Maybe even 110% right.


32 posted on 02/01/2014 5:58:01 PM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: USCG SimTech
Getting close to a deep fissure filled with magma?

I hope not. If so, I'm glad I live 30 miles away at 550 feet elevation.

33 posted on 02/01/2014 6:00:34 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (The Cardinals chose wisely.)
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To: steve86

“Todd TREPANIER, tunnel-project administrator”

Something in a name?

http://www.es.flinders.edu.au/~mattom/science+society/lectures/illustrations/lecture9/trepanning.html

Trepanning - ancient mehod of boring a hole in the skull


34 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:44 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: shibumi

good find. That explains everything. :)

And, also in the same group of films , Democrats explain obamacare:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr_91leJpXo


35 posted on 02/01/2014 6:08:24 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: certrtwngnut; shibumi

Did you watch the video ?

I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uuCNAwXGaQ


36 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:29 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: steve86

Jeff should keep his mind on the drilling he is paid to do.

Not the drilling he hopes for.


37 posted on 02/01/2014 6:15:45 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: steve86

Has anybody checked the oil? Probably some union guy was supposed to take a can of 3-in-1 oil and squirt a little on the gears but was too busy trying to sign up of CommieCare!


38 posted on 02/01/2014 6:16:30 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Stalin is smiling in Hell at how well Obama has copied his communist organization.)
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To: Veto!

How long before the so called Liberals/Progressives realize that they are, actually, NAZI’s ?


39 posted on 02/01/2014 6:22:25 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: RetiredTexasVet
If Manitowoc had built this machine, the hole would be done and they'd be washing down the digger for its next assignment.
40 posted on 02/01/2014 6:25:19 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Zeneta

Good question. They are probably too stupid to know who Hitler was. He isn’t on facebook, after all. Or is he?


41 posted on 02/01/2014 6:29:04 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Zeneta

Now you made me watch the video. I thought I was crazy but I guess I am sane after watching that. Waaaay out there.


42 posted on 02/01/2014 6:37:05 PM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: steve86

OK. Now we need pics.


43 posted on 02/01/2014 7:10:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Zeneta

Is it legal to smoke pot in Seattle?


44 posted on 02/01/2014 7:11:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: certrtwngnut

Love that Falcon...Trade ya 2 Grandkids and a cat for it...Might even throw in the wife...


45 posted on 02/01/2014 7:28:27 PM PST by Iscool
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To: steve86; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks steve86.


46 posted on 02/01/2014 8:53:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: certrtwngnut; Zeneta
"You made me read shibumi’s about page and you are 100% right. Maybe even 110% right."

Beats the hell out of being fractally wrong.

(Or having bulbous hair.)

47 posted on 02/01/2014 9:56:17 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Salamander; Zeneta; certrtwngnut

Sal! Help me please!

They are making fun of me.
I can’t take it!
(pounds fists on desk - starts to tear up)

I just can’t.

First Justin Bieber gets busted and now this!

Help me.


48 posted on 02/01/2014 10:01:02 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Salamander

And please come skipping and bring the baseball bat.


49 posted on 02/01/2014 10:09:05 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: exit82
Not the drilling he hopes for.

I wonder if Jeff's drilling head got overheated.

50 posted on 02/01/2014 11:28:49 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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