Thursday, April 21, 2011

Everyone remember that platform?

Hey, remember this video:


and this post: http://barneysmind.blogspot.com/2010/07/paper-mill-platform.html

Anyway, I just wanted to give a long overdue update on that platform (assuming it's actually interesting). The new platform has been finished for almost 6 months now and I've had a bunch of pictures of it's construction on my desktop at work and I figured I should share them. Pictures:

This drawings shows my overall design for the platform. Notice how there have been some significant changes over the original design pictures I posted earlier.

The first of the new steel columns to be put in.

Oh noes! It's a platform 50 feet off the ground and it's got no handrails! XD I had to use a harness whenever I went out there.

The old platform.
The new stairway.

The new platform, almost complete (still lacking handrails).

This is a new girder truss I designed that spans almost 40 feet. I had to carefully design it to both support the load of the platform and allow that pipe to travel through it.

The top of the new platform. Still needs some grating on the far end.

More of the new platform.

The underside.

Closeup of the end of the truss.

Closeup of the grating.

The last section to need grating.

Showing the connection of the lateral bracing and the top of the new truss.

I got that pipe perfectly positioned using nothing but a tape measure, go me!
So, yeah, that's the platform. There were a few minor problems with my design (a pipe in the way here, a small change needed there) but overall it was perfect and was installed in only a few weeks. The final platform cost something around $80,000.

In other news, I'm super busy. Well, that isn't news I suppose, that's been the case for the past 7 months it seems. However, I'm now even more busy than that. I'm trying really hard to get this all done ASAP so I can get Harrison's Mind - Episode 3 done. I really, really want to finish that episode so much. Thank you everyone for waiting patiently.

P.S. Also, I haven't forgotten about that webcomic I started. I've had half of the first comic done for weeks now but vowed not to work on it until I finish Episode 3.

P.P.S. If any of you are wondering CyhAnide has told me that, yes, it's likely she will do a mind series of Portal 2. However, she obviously still has to finish Portal 1 so, please, don't bug her about either one.