For almost two years we’ve discussed the ins and outs of tunneling. What is a road header? Do we still use canaries? Why do we have lasers? These are some of the questions that we’ve tried to answer since construction began nearly 2 years ago.
Here’s our next question: Who’s Who Underground?
For the answer to that question, we turn to the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA). A collaboration of 19 counties, ITA recently featured a New Irvington Tunnel inspector and geologist Rebecca Fusee in a web documentary promoting engineering careers in tunneling. The documentary features young underground engineering professionals working on complex projects around the world.
Rebecca is featured at the 3:16 mark of the video.
For this critical component of the Hetch Hetchy Water System, a tunnel inspector and geologist coordinates with miners throughout excavation. Rebecca and her colleagues document each step of excavation to ensure the contractor is working to design specifications. They also map the underground geology and analyze ground conditions.
Over the course of construction, we’ll take a closer look at the men and women working in the new tunnel.