Grout Gator on the Job
FEBRUARY 8, 2017—High mobility grout work is continuing hundreds of feet below the surface at Boone Dam. When “construction” is occurring out-of-sight underground, the importance of accurate data and readings becomes critical. Enter Jimmy Billings. As an instrumentation and electronic technician, Billings ensures that the gages used in our high mobility grouting operations are calibrated and stay within compliance every day.
One of his daily stops is the “grout gator,” an all-terrain vehicle that serves as a centralized location to direct the injection of the grout in order to reach desired flow rates and pressures. Gages on the “gator” are calibrated to ensure we know exactly how much grout is being routed through hoses and into injection rigs on the dam.