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    I Hate It When This Happens....

    Not far from my crummy moo baan the government is "improving" the storm drainage. This involves replacing storm drains that were way too small with massive box culverts (?) right next to the Khon Kaen bypass. In the following photo you can see a small U-Turn road next to the highway overpass that flies over the railroad. The box culvert was placed underthis road, right next to the highway. Although you can't see it in the photo, the excavation has caused the fly-over to crack and sag a bit.



    Where the drain goes under the railway they decided to bore a tunnel. Using a variety of innovative engineering techniques and precision construction methods the crew was able to come within three meters of hitting the target box culvert:



    Now what?

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    the blue pipe should do for the connection ! after few mai pen rai brain storming cessions...

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    Just cover it up and then come back later to dig it back up when the area floods and the bridge collapses.

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    Thats classic buadhai, green for you.

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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to buadhai again.

    woops maybe later.

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    I greened him for both of us MM

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    I'll continue to monitor this site as it's about half way on my morning run. I f a solution appears I'll try and post it here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    I greened him for both of us MM
    I slapped him with a greenie too, great observation. The string line must have had a kink in it Obviously laser sights havn't made it to Korat yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    The string line must have had a kink in it Obviously laser sights havn't made it to Korat yet.
    You know, I've been watching this operation every morning when I run and I never ever saw a survey crew. Everyone just started digging. I kept wondering how the crew boring the tunnel would meet up with the crew laying the box culvert sections and now I know: they didn't.

    Reminds me of something I saw in Phuket. I used to go dive there every year. (I used to have money.) One year I saw two different crews laying water pipe and they met up, but, again, about three meters offset.

    When I came back the next year to dive, the project was just as I left it: the water mains still didn't join up and no resolution to the face problem was in sight.

    Jai yen yen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    Reminds me of something I saw in Phuket. I used to go dive there every year. (I used to have money.) One year I saw two different crews laying water pipe and they met up, but, again, about three meters offset. When I came back the next year to dive, the project was just as I left it: the water mains still didn't join up and no resolution to the face problem was in sight. Jai yen yen.
    that's when the 'jaiyenyen' thing gets in the way of progress...

    and is symptomatic of Thai society...

    if they removed this crap from the culture, along with krengjai, they just might make it our of the third world sometime later this century

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    along with krengjai, they just might make it our of the third world sometime later this century
    I think I'm finally making the krengjai point with Ms. B. It's slow but steady progress. However, she worked outside of Thailand for 7 years and so she's seen how things run otherwise.

    That said, I sort of hate to engage in cultural meddling.

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    OK, the crew has now bored a second hole under the railroad tracks hoping to meet up with the box culvert on the other side. As you can see, they almost got it this time. Only about a meter off....



    I wonder what's Plan C?

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    LOL !!!

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    That's hilarious - how many meters to they have to bore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Ninja
    That's hilarious - how many meters to they have to bore?
    It's under a single railway track. I guess it's about 15 or 20 meters.

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    whats Thai for "3rd time lucky?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Codger
    whats Thai for "3rd time lucky?"
    Somehow I don't think they're going to try again. They weren't to happy about that last photo I took and it now seems as if they'll try and connect to second bore to the box culvert. In any event, they are now disassembling the boring rig.

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