26 Aug Highlights of 2014-2015
Looking back on the last financial year my highlight would have to be assisting with a major routine service on The Wheel of Brisbane.
I must say, to start off with things were a bit shaky being that the main challenge of the job required me to work 30 metres up in the air on the axle of the wheel. Although all safety precautions for working at heights were used, while quoting the job I found myself gripping the handrail quite tightly especially when I got to the axle. I must admit this uneasiness of heights took about a week to overcome but after that I became accustomed to working 30 metres off the ground and got to really enjoy the view – especially at sunrise. The other main issue with working at heights was preventing anything from falling. Every tool and piece of equipment required a safety lanyard and a system had to be put in place to catch the swarf during the machining process.
My second biggest challenge became apparent when I found out there was to be no welding done on the axle. To explain briefly, mobile line boring requires me to attach support bearings either side of the hole to be machined, usually by tack welding the bearing mounts in place. After viewing the job area I came up with the solution to fabricate a system that would clamp to the axle wheel. After ironing out a few wrinkles (which can only be expected on unique jobs like this) we were up and running getting two pins replaced each day and allowing the Wheel to continue operating for half the day and into the evening.
To minimise the disruption of the Wheel being open to the public, 3am starts were required and the finishing deadline had to be met. On the first day of the job though it poured down rain which caused a day’s delay in the start but after that a makeshift shelter was erected using a tarp to keep further rain from disrupting the job. 42 pins later and our component of the service was complete.
It was a pleasure working with Eward Sijbrandij from BISSWISS. Not only was he very professional, he also brought a light hearted atmosphere throughout the duration of the job. My thanks also go to Russell Hamlet from Upright Logistics Pty Ltd for all his behind the scene efforts. His expertise and skills kept our component of the job within the time frame that was required.