Clemco Employee Helps Install Two Blast Rooms at a Military Base in the United Arab Emirates
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Clemco field service engineer Adam Gildehaus spent a month during the summer of 2018 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) helping to install two Clemco custom-engineered blast rooms, but he still found time to explore the UAE.
In the interview below, Adam talks about his work and adventures in the deserts of Arabia. (He also shot cool photos and videos!)
Clemco: Tell us about the Clemco project that brought you to the United Arab Emirates?
Adam: It was an installation of two engineered blast rooms that needed to be assembled onsite. I worked with a contractor from India and local tradesmen, but essentially I was the guide, showing them how to piece the rooms together. Each blast room had a Sweep-In M-Section® Pneumatic Recovery System. The first room was for plastic media. The second used steel shot and had three blast machines. Each had a 900 CFM reclaim and a CDF-6 Dust Collector. They were 40 x 10 x 8 ft.
Clemco: Those are long blast rooms. What were they used for?
Adam: They were designed to blast military helicopter blades. We installed them in a brand-new UAE military site. The plastic booth was for removing coatings while the steel-shot room was for a shot-peening effect.
Clemco: What was your typical workday like?
Adam: Ten-hours-plus each day, six days a week. Fridays were our days off because it is the Muslim holy day. Every day the local Muslim population prayed five times. The prayers played on intercoms throughout the city. The 4 a.m. prayer woke me up a few times.
Exploring Arabia with Adam
Video: Belly Dancing
Adam took a desert safari that ended with dinner and belly dancing.
Video: Just Like Vegas – Fountain Show
The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system.
Clemco: What was one of your first impressions of the UAE?
Adam: My first day, as I pulled up to the military base’s gate, I saw a pack of wild camels eating the new shrubs the base had just planted in the surrounding desert. But for the most part, I was on the base working on the two blast rooms. We started by installing the M-Section® Recovery Systems in pits and then went on to put up the back walls and square them with the pits. Next, we erected the side walls, roof panels, and front work doors. With the two rooms now in place, we could wrap up the job by installing the reclaims and dust collectors, along with the ducting. All in all, the rooms went together smoothly with only a few minor hiccups.
Clemco: What about your Friday off days?
Adam: One of my Fridays, I took a desert safari tour with another contractor. That’s when I learned to ride a camel and drive a dune buggy. Then the tour took us to a camp in the desert for a dinner with entertainment: a male dancer and a female belly dancer.
Clemco: Did you visit any cities?
Adam: I went to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In Dubai I visited the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, over 2,700 feet tall. A 30-acre, manmade lake is in front of the Burj Khalifa. Every night there is a fountain show. The same choreographer who created the fountain show at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas created this show. Fountains of water twist and shoot up, and their movement is synchronized with music.
Clemco: Did you meet anyone from the U.S. while you were in the UAE?
Adam: In a hotel lobby I bumped into a guy wearing a St. Louis Cardinals shirt. I asked him if he was a Cardinals baseball fan. He sure was! He was on an assignment for an oil company, but he lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
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