It has been a while since I have participated in ABC Wednesday. It used to be one of my favorite meme’s and then life and instagram kind of got in the way. This week’s letter is C so I decided on Construction Equipment.
Once upon a time I used to be involved in construction. As a project engineer I built pipelines, compressor stations, gas processing plants and other pipeline related facilities. I loved construction. It’s basically a scheduling issue: getting your land, permits, materials, and a contractor coordinated.
A trackhoe is basically a backhoe only with treads instead of tires. They are the workhorse of construction.
A trackhoe with a view.
A big trackhoe doubling as a road block.
A regular backhoe. I have seen backhoe operators do some amazing things like moving across a swamp with just the hoe and front blade and the wheels not touching the ground.
A little cultural difference. Growing up in the mountain west I always heard of this as a Grader. I moved to Texas and they call it a Maintainer.
Pipeline construction is not too exciting. These are called sidebooms and are used to move a pipeline after it is welded into a ditch. They have counterweights to keep the equipment balanced as it extends the boom out to place the pipeline in the ditch. I have come to find out that the railroad industry uses similar equipment.