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Fellow engineers,
        As a follow up on the subject posting, the precast roof slab components have not been lifted off of the sulphur pit.  It turns out that they were in much worse condition than even I expected!
        I was not present when the removal took place but they sent me some photographs.  One of the 4' by 33' hollow core components actually broke in half.  Most lost the 3" of concrete below the hollow cores fell into the sulphur pit.  In general it was disastrous.  They are very lucky it didn't collapse into the liquid sulphur while they were in opperation.
        It's a very good example of how not to carry out preventative maintenance!!!
H. Daryl Richardson
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Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 3:34 PM
Subject: Sulphur Pit Roof Emergency

Fellow Engineers,
        I want to thank all of you who responded to my earlier posting on the above subject.  There must have been at least fifteen responses and all were appreciated.
        The clients have decided (correctly, in my opinion) to precast a new roof system and have issued purchase orders to accomplish that end.
        If there are any new developments that are the least bit unusual I will try to keep you in the loop; but I don't expect that there will be anything.  It should be just a routine project now.
H. Daryl Richardson