+ CEC Laser Scans Copper Peak
Coleman Engineering Company (CEC) is excited to be part of the rehabilitation of Copper Peak to allow for future World Cup Ski Jumps. At nearly 26 stories tall, the Copper Peak Ski Jump is one of the tallest in North America. CEC is currently conducting field surveys to determine existing slopes and profiles of the ski jump. To obtain the initial data, CEC worked with Seiler Instruments using a Trimble TX8 3D Laser Scanner. The scanner was set up in three locations on the ski jump to obtain the data needed for future design of the rehabilitation of the jump. With each scan, CEC was able to collect approximately 55 million data points to assist in creating a 3D measurable picture of the ski jump. In addition, the 3D Laser Scanner was used to obtain data in three locations along the landing hill where it was extremely difficult to access by foot. The data from the 3D Laser Scanner was used in conjunction with data collected from conventional survey methods to obtain detailed profiles and cross sections of the landing area. All of the data will be used for the design of upgrades to the Copper Peak Ski Jump facility so it can host a World Cup event in September of 2017.
For more info on Copper Peak, check out their website or Facebook Page.
+ 52nd Annual Minnesota Power Systems Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota
John Edlebeck, President and Geotechnical Operations Manager of Coleman Engineering Company, recently provided two informational presentations at the 52nd Annual Minnesota Power Systems Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota (MIPSYCON). This conference is sponsored by the College of Continuing Education through the University of Minnesota. The event was attended by over 800 electric utility engineers and consultants. MIPSYCON emphasizes the unique challenges faced by electric utilities in the Midwest. The conference also serves as a forum for power engineers to meet with their colleagues from other utilities to discuss mutual concerns. Concurrent informational/educational sessions include substations, utility industry futures, delivery systems, project management, relaying, distribution automation/communications, and power generation.
Mr. Edlebeck presented to the Substation session on the necessity of testing the electrically resistive surfacing aggregates within the substation and offered successful testing procedures that have been developed by Coleman Engineering with the support of the American Transmission Company. He also presented “The Dirt on Soil Investigations” to the Civil Engineering session which discussed the role of the soil investigation, common practices and practical data gathering techniques to better support the needs of design engineers and construction contractors. Collaboration of engineers and contractors during the investigative phase of a project could ultimately result in overall construction savings.