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Monday, January 21, 2008

What in the World Does Jim Do All Day?

For those of you that don't know, Jim is a Truss Designer. He describes his job as a cross between an engineer and an architect, and he really loves it. Most days he comes home and tries to explain something that he did at work to me- either because he is excited about it, or because it frustrated him. Most of the time, I have no idea what he's saying. If I had pictures a little more often, it would help. Jim recently designed the trusses for the replacement housing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. A contractor sent him some pictures last week, thinking Jim might want to see what the finished product looked like on site. (The entire project Jim worked on was huge- this is just one of the buildings.) I thought it would be fun to share them with you. So, here's a little of what Jim creates at work...





This is 1/3 of the roof for a six-plex (42' x 42'). It's assembled on the ground and lifted into place as a single assembly.


This is a view from the backside.


Now it's ready to be adjusted for final placement.

1 comment:

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

When Daniel first started with Recruiting he would come home and talk with me about his day. I would nod my head and say all the appropriate responses, but I didn't have a clue what he was talking about! Now, I can speak recruiter-ese with the best of them. :)

Malmstrom was one the bases we dreaded seeing on the list. But, that housing is beautiful - and NO snow!! Hey, Montana's looking not too shabby!

-Andrea