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Digging In"

This represents the machinery mix that would be used in the second phase
of establishing a new colony or outpost.  Now that the base camp and  facilities are in place, the engineers go to work finding and exploiting  local construction materials that will be used to build the rest of the colony.  Basic roads are laid out, quarries and mines dug, cement and brick yards placed near suitable mineral deposits, and forestry operations begun.  Until the colony is fully developed, the "low tech' materials harvested directly from the planet will be cheaper than
advanced composites and synthetics produced by modern industry.  The
notes from Volume I still apply, but for the most part,  tactical versions of this equipment are only slightly modified from the standard.   Bejamin Levy (1999)

Contents:

  • Vehicles:
    1  Off Road Truck, Wheeled, Flatbed, Heavy: Krag-Suiza "Atlas-98"
    2  Off Road Truck, Wheeled, Flatbed, Medium:  Midtech of Omaha
    "Haulmaster 620-HD"
    3  Excavator, Tracked, Heavy: Caterpillar  HET-770
    4  Cargo Buggy, Autonomous, Low Clearance, Mercia "Roboburro"
    5  Crane, Crawler, Lattice Type, Medium:  American Crane Company C-44
    6  Work unit/general carrier, tracked Caterpillar "Ruffian" GT-404
    7  Front Shovel: Caterpillar HHT-990
    8  Digger/Loader Vehicle: Haagland 2600S
  • Vehicle/ Work Unit Mounted Tools:
    1 Heavy Material Handler
    2 Warsaw Waldow Universal Handling Tool
    3 Grappel
    4 Scoop Loader
    5 Konia "Dynagopher" series Chain Drive Bucket Excavator
    6 Drum Type heavy Grinder/Grader
  • Other Tools and Equipment:
    1  High Pressure Grout Pump and Hose
    2  Hand Held Load/Stress Analysis Devise
    3  Gas Driven Fastener System, Five-M "Model 180"
    4  Bulk Mixing Hopper
    5  Swenson and Edding THZ-10, THZ-40, and THZ-120  "Thazer" Articulating
    Steerable Drill System
    6  Inanuk Industrial Group Transportable Saw Mill
    7  Consolidated Masonry Portable Kiln and Brick Extruding Module.
    8  Telepresent confined space miniature work unit.
  • Materials
    1  Non-Stik
    2  Structural Resin

Krag-Suiza Machineworks "Atlas-98" Off Road Truck, Wheeled, Flatbed,
Heavy
This is a high end heavy "low-boy" type flatbed truck, meant for moving   the heaviest equipment or supplies to or from a worksite.  It is also used by the military for road moves of heavy tactical equipment.  Just aft of the cab is a single equipment mount, most commonly carrying a boom arm material handler, a crane, or a winch to aid in the loading or offloading of cargo.  The cargo bed is equipped with load sensors, and a small display in the cab informs the driver of the current weight, as well as tire pressure and other pertinent data, as well as alerting him
to problems such as a shifting load, an off balance load, or excessive strain due to crosswinds.  The vehicle has hydraulic shock absorbers isolating the cargo bed from the chassis, and protecting the vehicle from sudden bouncing of the cargo. The retractable plastic cover stretches over the cargo, enhancing the aerodynamics of the truck and protecting the cargo from the elements.  Finally, six small power winches are available along the perimeter of the cargo bed, used to
tighten the tie-down straps or cables.
Weight:   26 tons, Crew: Operator, room for 2 additional in cab, Armor 1 throughout, Signature 10, Evasion  1,Cargo:    88 Tons, Max Speed   110 Kph
Average Speed 70 Kph,  Combat Move 275m, Off Road Mobility: Quartered
Power Plant  .6MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 240kg, Fuel Consumption 24kg/hr,Endurance 10 hours,Dimensions: (shipping)  12m x 2.5m x 3m
Price Lv59,999

 

Mid-Tech of Omaha "Haulmaster 620HD" Off Road Truck, Wheeled,
Flatbed, Medium

A very common workhorse flatbed from a company with a strong background
in cargo handling.  The cargo bed of the Haulmanster is designed to fit the spacegoing cargo modules also produced by Mid-Tech, but the vehicle has proved itself in many other tasks, including the transport of mobile workshops and shelters.  The Haulmaster series has all of the features notes for the Atlas above, excpet the plastic cover.  (The modules it was designed for do not need them.)  It has a few additional features of its own, most notably, a magnetic sling similar to the device used by starships to carry missles and landers.  Loss of vehicle power will not interrupt the sling, as it is fly-wheel power, but will cause the sling
to gradually lose power.  Drive-on ramps can be extended by remote control from the cab.  The combination of these two features allows a vehicle to be driven onto the flatbed, locked in place with the magneticsling, and the drive-on ramp retracted with no-one leaving the cab.  Tie down cables are supplied, with fast ratchet-tightened turnbuckles- for cargo not appropriate to use of the magnetic sling, or when operating in highly electro-magnetically sensitive areas where use of a magnetic sling is proscribe.   The models prior to the 630-D are very similar, but
slightly different, generally inferior features.  For example, the on board computer on the 630-C stores seat, interior climate, mirror, and console preference data for only 4 drivers, while the D can store 8.
Weight:   14 tons,Crew: Operator, room for 2 additional in cab, Armor  1 throughout, Signature 8, Evasion  1, Cargo:   62 Tons, Max Speed   120 Kph
Average Speed 70 Kph, Combat Move 300m, Off Road Mobility:   Quartered
Power Plant  .5MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 200kg, Fuel Consumption 20kg/hr,Endurance 10 hours
Dimensions: (shipping)  12m x 2.5m x 2.5m
Price 44,550 Lv

 

Caterpillar  HET-770 Heavy Excavator, Tracked
Common earth moving/excavating equipment, consisting of a big, tracked,
carrier and a large shovel, sometimes called the bucket or shovel, on the end of a work arm.  The shovel can be extended outwards 15 meters from the vehicle, and downwards 8 meters from ground level.  In soil or loose material, 20 cubic meters can be dug and loaded per hour- in actual practice, the figure will be slightly lower as the operator will have to reposition the vehicle periodically.   The shovel can be
replaced, if desired, with a claw, useful for handling timber or other large objects, or a "clamshell" type bucket useful for handling very loose materials.  In either configuration the arm can handle a maximum of 5 tons at a time.  Other features include an operator's display that shows the current load of the bucket, interfaces for Intellipost and other control systems, balance sensors and alarms, and an integral soil stability probe and sensor.
Weight: 25 tons, Crew: Operator, Armor:   2 throughout, although any attack directed against the operator has a 4% chance of striking the safety cage, with a value of 4. Signature  10, Evasion  0, Cargo: None,  Max Speed   40 Kph
Average Speed  20 Kph, Combat Move 100m, Off Road Mobility:  Half
Power Plant  .25 MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 120 kg,                                        Fuel Consumption 10kg/hr, Endurance 24 hrs,Dimensions:  6m x 2.75m x 5m (Minimum, folded, for shipping)
Price  Lv52,299

 

Mercia "RoboBurro"  Autonomous Cargo Carrier, Low Clearance
Cargo carrier used to haul materials around within a work site, with a low sillouette optimized for mining eites.  Typically, this unit will  work in conjunction with some automated control system, such as Intellipost, to steer it around work areas.  The control unit's computer and sensors enable the vehicle to avoid hazards, stop and signal at intersections, report obstacles, etc.  It does not have the intelligence
or sensor capability necessary to manuever in a non-automated high speed
traffic flow such as a typical highway.  The control unit has all the capabilities of the cargo units, and a series of these vehicles can be linked, so that a number of cargo units can be controlled by a single control unit.  The control unit, containing the sensors, should be in the front.  In mines, where turning space is limited, a control unit is commonly placed at each end of a line of cargo units.  The number of
cargo units is generally limited by the manuevering space available, but a single control unit can handle up to 16.  Each unit is independently powered.  The Roboburro units have very flexible programming: typically, they're programmed to remain at one stop until all the units are loaded with a minimum specified weight.  Then, they drive to another station, and remain there until unloaded.  Or, they may be set to remain at a station for a fixed length of time.  One mining consortium has used a modified Roboburro as an automated mobile coffee station.  The cargo
containers on each unit can tip to either side, or dump from below as hoppers.
Weight: 320 kg for control unit, 300kg for cargo units, Crew: None (Robotic)
Armor 0.2, Signature  4, Evasion  0, Cargo: 2000 Kg per unit,
Max Speed   40 kph, Average Speed  30 kph, Combat Move 100m, Off Road Mobility:  Quartered, Power Plant  .025 MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 10 kg
Fuel Consumption 1kg/hr, Endurance 10 hrs, Dimensions:  2m x 2m x 1m
Price Lv2000 for control unit, Lv690  cargo unit

 

Crane, Crawler, Lattice Type, Medium:  American Crane Company C-44
Cranes have, by 2300AD, long since reached the limits of technology. Suspended load limits are no longer related to the strength of the crane's structure. Only the counterweight provided by the mass of the crane itself, and the simple physics of leverage and balance determines the load the boom can take before the whole thing tips over.  Still, the basic crane has been in widespread use since antiquity, and will probably not go out of style.  24th century crane operators will have a
few things on their mind their ancestors didn't.  most notably, always remember that the crane's load limit is given as a mass, not a weight,  and thus stays constant regardless of the gravity of the world on which it's employed.  That is, if you assume a crane operating in 0.5 g can lift twice as much steel girder as it can in 1 g, you will be left with a crane toppled over on the ground.  (Unless you increase the counterweight, naturally)  The modern crane, like most other tools of the age, is enhanced with electronics:  the operator can consult displays to see the current load, angular momentum, wind shear, and other factors helpful for safe operation, whereas once upon a time, operators just had to "eyeball" it.
Weight  45 Tons, Crew 1, room for several more in the cab, Armor 0.6
Signature  12, Evasion  0,  Cargo: (Max Suspended Load)  32 Tons, Height- variable up to 35 meters,Safe extension varies with load and height, max 16 meters. Max Speed   40 kph, Average Speed  20 kph, Combat Move As 75m
Off Road Mobility:  Half, Power Plant  .4 MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 480 kg
Fuel Consumption 8kg/hr Working, 16 kg/hr travelling, Endurance 60 hrs, 30 hours travelling, Dimensions:  5m x 2.5m x 4m x 3 elements, folded for shipping
Price Lv37,299


Caterpillar "Ruffian" GT-404 Work Unit/General Carrier, Tracked
The Ruffian is a popular prime mover capable of taking on a variety of roles.  The work platform area on the back of the vehicle can support cranes, boom arms, excavating and loading equipment, heavy generators, compressors, pumps. etc.  Space is left in the cab for specialized consoles to operate whatever equipment is currently mounted.  The front can be fitted with a plow blade.  Often the Ruffian is left as a cargo carrier, but almost every major user has developed some different
configuration.  Ruffians have acted as tow vehicles, fiber optic cable installer/reel carriers, supported exploratory core drilling rigs and "cherry picker" type work platforms, and have even acted as emergency response vehicles and carriers for various pieces of military hardware.
Weight: 20 Tons, Crew: 1 (Room for 2 more in Cab), Armor 0.8 Cab,                  0.5 Elsewhere, Signature  10, Evasion  1, Cargo: 40 Tons (in General Cargo Configuration), Max Speed   120 KPH, Average Speed  60 KPH,                     Combat Move 225 Meters, Off Road Mobility:  Halved, Power Plant  .25 MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 240 kg, Fuel Consumption 10kg/hr, Endurance 24 hrs, Dimensions:  4m x 2.5m x 3m (Without specialized tools)
Price Lv18,299

Optional 10 ton capacity boom arm for Ruffian:  Add 2 tons weight,  Lv3,500

 

Caterpillar  HHT-990 Front Shovel, Tracked
Huge piece of earth moving/excavating equipment, the thing that strikes fear into the hearts of enviromentalists and gives strip mining a bad name.  A front shovel has a large scoop on the end of a cantilevered, counterweighted arm, the whole affair mounted on a tracked chassis.  A heavy unit like this would show up only for really big jobs- at mines where the owners expect decades of ongoing operations, and the largest construction project sites, like dams at major rivers, or highway cuts through mountains ranges.  The bucket will drop 20 tons at a time into a
waiting dump truck, railroad hopper car, etc.  A single bucketload will fill a medium type dump truck.  The shovel can be extended outwards 24 meters from the vehicle, and downwards 12 meters from ground level.  In soil or loose material, 240 cubic meters can be dug and loaded per hour- in actual practice, the figure will be slightly lower as the operator will have to reposition the vehicle periodically.  Features, like its smaller cousins, include an operator's display that shows the current load of the bucket, interfaces for Intellipost and other control systems, balance sensors and alarms, and an integral soil stability probe and sensor.  Because this machine will typically be working in one place, repetitively, for long durations, significant attention is paid to operator comfort.  The cab is fully climate controlled, the windows are self adusting non-glare, etc.  The relatively high armor values reflect not specific armor applied to the vehicle so much as the Front
Shovel's massive steel construction.   (Lighter structural materials would exist in 2300AD, but the vehicle's weight is important inproviding a coutnerweight to the arm.)
Weight: 120 tons, Crew: Operator, room for several more in cab
Armor:   1 around engine and cab, 3 at suspension, 4 elsewhere , Signature  10
Evasion  0, Cargo: None, Max Speed   40 Kph, Average Speed  20 Kph
Combat Move 75m, Off Road Mobility:  Half, Power Plant  1 MW Fuel Cell
Fuel Capacity 480 kg, Fuel Consumption 40kg/hr, Endurance 24 hrs
Dimensions:  5m x 2.75m x 4m x 4 units, unassambled for shipping
Price  Lv180,000


Haagland 2600S Digger-Loader Unit, Wheeled
A wheeled vehicle designed for operation in mines.  The front of the vehicle is taken up by a large drum, with scooplike blades mounted in  offset rows.  As the drum spins, it digs at the material in front of it and propells it into the loading conveyor chute, which runs through the center of the vehicle.  The conveyor chute deposits the material behind the vehicle, where, if the mine operators have planned things correctly, some other sort of conveyance will be waiting.  The material is then removed from the mine to begin processing.  The 2600S is generally better at exploiting found veins of ore than the Exomite, which, lacking
the conveyor chute, and using water to cut up the rock, is somewhat messy and innefficient when it comes to removing material.  The Exomite, on the other hand, will bore through tough rock about twice as fast, and is the superior vehicle for opening up new mines. 
Weight: 2500kg, Crew: 1, Armor:  Suspension: .4, Elsewhere .5  Roof over operator only: 1, Signature  7, Evasion  1, Cargo: None, Max Speed   40Kph    
Average Speed  20 Kph, Combat Move 75 m, Off Road Mobility:  Quartered
Power Plant  .2 MW Fuel Cell, Fuel Capacity 80 kg, Fuel Consumption 8kg/hr working, 2 kg/hr travelling, Endurance 10 hrs workingm 40 hours travelling
Dimensions:  3m x 2.5m x 1.75m
Price Lv16,999


Vehicle/ Work Unit Mounted Tools

By their nature, tracked and wheeled work units usually handle bigger tools than the Walker work units.  Tools are available in a variety of sizes to correspong to the task and budget available, and to the capacity of the carrier.  Smaller pieces are usually mounted on walkers, more massive units on larger vehicles.  Most tools come with a modular display that is mounted near the vehicle's controls, allowing for one operator/driver to handle the task.  Power for all these tools is
provided by the carrier.

 

Pallet Handler
This is a generic and common device, consisting of two strong metal prongs deisgned to slide into openings on cargo pallets, and two smaller arms to help keep the load stable. The whole arrangement is mounted either on the work units integral arms or a large boom arm mounted on a vehicle.  Allows for fast handling of cargo. 
Weight: 5% of the cargo handling capacity of the unit.                                          Price:
Up to 2 Tons capacity:   800 Lv 
Up to 5 Tons capacity:  1,600 Lv
Up to 15 Tons capacity: 3,500 Lv
Up to 50 Tons capacity: 12,000 Lv
Up to 150 Tons capacity:  40,000 Lv


 

Warsaw Waldow Universal Handling Tool

Warsaw Waldow produces a non-traditional but very capable multipurpose
work arm and handling unit, available for mounting on a variety of
carriers.  Unlike most mountable tools, attachment of a Warsaw Waldow is
a complex process, and cannot be done quickly in the field.  Use of a Warsaw Waldow, however, is very simple.  The unit is a structural analogue of a human arm and hand, operated with the aid of a logarithmically scaled force feed-back  glove.   Control is extremely sensitive; with minimal experience an operator can pull a tree stump out the ground, then plant a delicate flower in its place without damaging it.  (This very routine is shown on Warsaw Waldow's promotional holo.)
Warsaw Waldow's true innovation is not the equipment itself so much as  the proprietary safety software, which can somehow distinguish the operator's intended movements from inadvertant gestures, twitches, etc. Some operators are able to use two at once, with a glove on each hand. A Centaur work unit mounting two Warsaw Waldows can get a lot done.

Three different sizes are available:

1 Ton capacity Waldow (WW1T)Weight, 100 Kg, Price: Lv1,200   Grip 150
PSI
4 Ton capacity Waldow (WW4T):  Weight, 500 Kg, Price: Lv3,000  Grip 300
PSI
22 Ton capacity Waldow (WW22T): Weight, 4,000 Kg Price:Lv14,000   Grip
500 PSI




 

Grappel

Common, generic tool used for handling trees, pipe sections, etc., or removing debris, vegetation, or similar obstacles.

1 Ton capacity: Weight 200 kg,  Price: Lv700
5 Tons capacity: Weight 700 Kg, Price: Lv2,100  
10 Tons capacity: Price: Weight 1200 Kg,  3,000 Lv
25 Tons Capacity:  Weight 2400 Kg, Price:Lv5,000

 

 

Scoop Loader
Common, generic tool used for handling of soil, gravel, rubble, and other loose materials, and for digging in same. 
3/4 ton .5 m3 capacity: Weight: 250 kg, Price: Lv300
1.5 Tons 1 m3 capacity:Weight 700 Kg, Price: Lv2,100
3 Ton 2 m3 capacity: Weight 1200 Kg,  Price: Lv3,000
6 Ton 4 m3 Capacity: Weight 2400 Kg, Price: Lv5,000
12 Ton  1 m3 capacity: Weight 700 Kg, Price: Lv2,100
24 Ton 2 m3 capacity: Weight 1200 Kg, Price: Lv3,000




Konia "Dynagopher" series Chain Drive Bucket Excavator
Resembling a miniature version of an amusement park ride, the chain drive bucket excavator consists of arm, rounded on both ends, along which a series of small scoop buckets travel at high speeds, digging into whatever is in front of them at one end, flipping over and spilling their contents out at the other, then returning.  The unit is sold with a set of chains, each with different characteristics.  The standard steel deep bucket is used for softer materials, while the rock excavator
version has much smaller buckets with diamond teeth.  These units are too big for walkers, but are commonly mounted on tracked or wheeled carriers, or on barges for underwater excavation and dredging.  Barge mounted units generally have longer arms, to bring material up to the surface.  Material removed per hour refers to soft material only. Harder materials will slow progress considerably.
Dynagopher "A" Standard Unit:  Weight: 6 tons, 5 m3 per hour, 2.5 m long.
Price:  Lv3,800
Dynagopher "B" Heavy Unit: Weight: 15 tons 12 m3 per hour, 3.5 m long,
Price: Lv12,000
Dynagopher "AX" Long Arm Standard Unit:  Weight: 9 tons, 5 m3 per hour, 10m long.  Prie: Lv 5,949
Dynagopher "BX" Long Arm Heavy Unit:  Weight: 35 tons, 12 m3 per hour, 20m long.  Price: Lv 21,900


Drum Type heavy Grinder/Grader
Generic device used to abrade a hard surface to a specific size, shape and finish, for example, to smooth a floor in a tunnel cut through rock, or to prepare quarried stone for a specific construction (or furniture) application.  Requires outside power.  Typically carried and powered by a walker work unit in the field, or attached to a fixed mount in a quarry shop.  In addition to the standard coarse diamond coated drum, "Fine" "Hone" and "Polish" drums are available to provide progressively smoother finishes for stone.  "Polish" provides a mirror gloss.  Also
used to to grind away damaged portions of synthetic hulls and armor in preparation for the installation of replacement pieces, and to shape the
replacement pieces for installation.
Weight: 100 Kg, Price: Lv1,900
Replacement Drum:  Weight: 60 kg,  Price: Lv 400

OTHER TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

High Pressure Grout Pump and Hose

Device for pumping highly viscous materials, like concrete, grouts, resins, synthetics,  etc.  Hoses should always be flushed with water or solvent after use, to prevent curing of materials in hoses, resulting in clogs.  Hose is 8cm wide, and pump will place up to  24 cubic meters of material an hour through 100m of hose, 20 cubic meters through 200m. Pump can overcome a maxiumum of 120 meters height in  standard gravity. (Very high structures can be built by having multiple pumps, but in any case, when pumping through more than 200m of hose, material manufacturer should be consulted.)
Pump:  Weight:  120 Kg  Price: Lv 3900
100m Hose with Reel:  Weight 80 Kg  Price: Lv1,200
100 m Hose with Reel (Heated):  Weight: 100 Kg  Price: Lv 2,000



Hand Held Load/Stress Analysis Device
Small multi-sensor/analysis with integral or remotable display, uses ultrasonic probe and short range maser spectroscope to measure stress and (by extrapolation) load on structural members.  Accuracy is +/- 3% if material is known precisely.  Accuracy degrades if material is not narrowly defined by user.  Sensor head must be within 1 meter of item being measured.
Weight: .2 Kg  Price: Lv 620



Five-M Model 180 Gas Driven Fastener System
A 24th Century derivative of the nail-gun, and later "powder actuated fastener systems" in use in the late 20th century.  Essentially a   specialized firearm, firing pins, studs, fasteners, eye-bolt pins, and specialized devices of many types. The Five-M Model 180 weighs in at 4 Kg, (without extended magazines). The combustive gas cell will drive an average of 120 fasteners into wood, 80 into masonry, 70 into typical synthetics, 60 into steel.  A sensor in the Model 180's head will lock the gun if there is no suitable object directly in front of it, a safety
feature.  The sensor will also determine the optimum gas charge based on
the type of fastener, stud, etc, and the type of substrate it is being fired in to.  The operator can specify a reduced charge if he wishes a portion of the fastener to remain protruding from the substrate- this is assumed and automatically figured for such things as threaded pins and eyebolt pins, which are then used as attachment points. Five-M "gas-guns" are unable to drive fasteners into any substrate with an
armor value per centimeter depth greater than 6. A red light will flash and the gun will refuse to drive a pin whenever the sensor detects an unsuitable combination of pin type and substrate, including instances where the operator has selected too high a charge, which would drive the fastener all the way though the substrate, rather than just embedding  it.  The Model 180 has slots for three different fastener magazines, giving workers extra flexibility.   The Model 150 has slots for only 2.
Model 180: Weight: 4 kg Price: Lv 320
Model 150: Weight 4 kg  Price: Lv 265
 Gas Cell: Weight: .75 Kg   Price: Lv 9
 Preloaded expendable fastener magazines, 30 fasteners: Weight:   .5 Kg, Price: Lv5  for simple pins, Lv6  for threaded pins, Lv10-12  for special purpose pins.

 

 

Bulk Mixing Hopper
A generic and fairly low tech device designed to blend large quantities of dry materials.  Used to prepare raw materials for brick, mortar, concrete, etc.  Truck transportable, typically on a flatbed, although some variants are trailer mounted.   Unit weighs 8 tons, and can mix up to 12 cubic meters in a batch.  Mixing time will depend on materials involved, but a typical load of concrete, starting from lime, sand, gravel, and various additives (The bulk mixing hopper is able to finely
control the quantities added from four integral additive tanks) is about 10 minutes.  The hopper has a series of counter-rotating helical blades inside, purchased seperately, which have to be replaced every few years. The unit has no integral power source.  
Price: Hopper   Lv7,000.   Set of Blades:  Lv2,800



Swenson and Edding THZ-10, THZ-40, and THZ-120  "Thazer" Articulating
Steerable Drill System

One of the more advanced drilling systems around, the Thazer series drills rely on a steerable drill head, with rings of counter rotating teeth at the front, and six secondary bits angling out just behind the cutting head.  By varying the speed on the different bits of the secondary drill collar, the drill head can be made to turn.  The turn radius is not large, 20-40 times the diameter of the drill head is typical, but it offers drillers great flexibility, especially as it has the ability to drill down to a depth, then level off and make a  horozontal  run.  A whole series of probes, or a number of blast holes, or several kilometers of ventilation shaft, sewer or conduit can be done from a single location, saving the time and effort of moving the
equipment.  Because of the complexity of the drill head (Unlike a conventional drill, all rotary motion is generated at the Thazer's head unit, rather than being passed down a shaft) the Thazer works poorly as a core drill- then entire drill must be recovered to retrieve a sample. However, sensors from various geological scanning devices may be carried by the Thazer head, and the data passed back to the surface by way of cable.  Articulating but non-rotating teflon coated shafts are placed into the tunnel behind the drill head as it progresses, primarily to
keep the tunnel open and prevent the lossof the head.  (still, loss of the drill head unit is not infrequent.) THZ series drills do not require a large derrick, and can be set into the ground at angles as shallow as 30 degrees.  The main difference in the models is the head diameter- the series number is the diameter, in centimeters, of the tunnel the Thazer creates.  Several military organizations have expresses interest in the Thazer system, and and the U.S. Army Combat Engineers use a variant for subterranean emplacement and removal of explosives and landmines.
Thazer is typically transported on a truck, with additional truks carrying articulating shaft sections and reels of data/power cables. Power is provided via cable from an external source.

THZ-10
Base system:  Weight:  2500 kg, Price: Lv 2,900
100 meters shaft and cable:  Weight: 50 Kg, Price: Lv300 
Additional head: Weight: 30 kg Price: Lv2,000
THZ-40
Base systemWeight:  4500 kg  Price: Lv 9,000
100 meters shaft and cable: Weight:250 Kg,   Price: Lv800
Additional head: Weight:250 kg, Price: Lv6,000 Lv
THZ-120
Base System: Weight:11,000 kg  Price: Lv45,000
100 meters shaft and cable: Weight:1,250 kg,  Price: Lv20000
Additional head: Weight:2,000 kg Price:Lv28000



Inanuk Industrial Group Transportable Saw Mill
During the early phase of Tirane's colonization, a young architect watching the progress at a new colony town being cut from a virgin forest, and thinking of the soon to be built civilian residences,  said to one of the engineers: "We'll need some lumber, I think."  The engineer, an Irish veteran of many field projects, said "Bejeesus! We're F$%&!! hip deep in F**&!! Lumber!! What we need is for those
S@#&$@!!'s back home to send us a F*&&#$!! saw mill!"  Five months later
a saw mill arrived, containerized and ready to use, from a small industrial firm in northern Canada.  IIG has been cranking them out ever since, and shipping them to whatever new worlds had tree-like organisms that could be cut up into useful parts.  The mill arrives in 4 truck transportable containers, each weighing 12 tons and measuring 6m x 2.75m x 3m.  The units are offloaded, connected, roofing and floor panels exteneded between them, connected up to a generator, and in about 3
hours, ready to work.  A six man crew can turn 16 tons of lumber per shift into useable structural material, or 6 tons into furniture grade wood, or 1 ton into intricately carved woodwork. 
Cost:   90 KLv.  Another 32 Lv per 8 hour shift (average) is spent in
expendable supplies.




Consolidated Masonry Portable Kiln and Brick Extruding Module.
The brickmaker's answer to the portable sawmill.  Size is similar to the sawmill, but weight is 12 tons on each of two units, and 24 tons on each of two other units.  Requires additional purchse of two bulk mixing hoppers for production.   Containerized, and generally set up at a useable clay deposit.  With a four man crew, the module will churn out about 8,000 brick per shift.
Price: Lv120,000, with another Lv 5  per shift, average, spent in
expendable supplies.


Telepresent confined space miniature work unit.
Small bug like robot, controlled via fiber optic line, used for work in small tunnels, ducts, sewer lines, conduits,  and other difficult to access areas.  Unit is designed to travel through tunnels as small as those produced by the THZ-10, however, the work it can do and the tools it could would be very limited in tunnels of this size.  Under the control of a skilled operator the battery powered unit can perform
diagnostic duties, sampling, testing, welding, place explosives, or any of a wide variety of tasks. Unit is sold with 250 meters of fiber optic display, and a control console.  It can handle tools up to 6 kg in weight, and drag loads of up to 20 kg in a specially designed synthetis "sock", part of the base kit sold with the robot.
Weight:  8 Kg   Price: Lv1,900   Additional 250 m control line  75 K Lv. 

MATERIALS

Non-Stik
Spray, brush, or roller applied extremely low viscosity substance that produces an almost frictionless surface when it dries, which takes minutes.  Generally used in the construction industry to coat the interior of concrete forms, create "slideways' to move material, and to lubricate bearing plates, expansion joints, and other items that have to slide against each other.  Also used to coat walls in graffitti-prone
environments.  Just about the only thing Non-Stik will stick to is its own primer, always sold with the product.  1 liter of primer, followed by 1 liter of Non-Stik, will coat about 10 square meters.  Because of its unusually high mischief potential, Non-Stik's manufacturer insists it be sold only to government agencies engineering firms, and licensed contractors.
Price: per 2 Liter unit (1 liter ea. Primer and Non-Stik) Lv5
Price: per 50 Liter Unit (25 Liters each Primer and Non-Stik)  Lv100


Structural Resin
A 2 component resin used for filling of holes, adhering construction elements together, and "field forming" of structural pieces.  Cured resin has a sectional modulus similar to mild steel, with similar values for tensile strength and compressive strength, but has lower elasticity, and is and is much lighter.  It has been applied to the side of vehicles, often sandwhiched under a metal panel, as field expedient armor plate.  Due to its high viscosity, it poses no special dangers to shippers.
Price: per 5 Liter unit  Lv25
Price: per 150 Liter Unit Lv625



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