Camp Marmal Power Distribution System Construction
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Philadelphia District
Client Needs and Requirements:
Because of critical contingency operations in progress at the base, the roads at the base could not be closed. Therefore, ISI mobilized our directional boring machine from Camp Balad in Iraq to Camp Marmal in order to install the cable under the roadways without disrupting their use, as required by the project.
Several hundred troops needed to be temporarily moved from their housing units in order to disconnect the facilities from the existing temporary power sources and reconnect to the new overhead power source. Furthermore, we were nearing the hottest part of the summer, and living conditions were sure to be very unpleasant without power – so time was of the essence. ISI worked closely with the Commanding Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) to coordinate the outages schedule and movement of personnel.
Challenges and ISI’s Response:
Since this COB was a new location for ISI at the time, the logistics of setting up a new camp and transporting manpower, tools, materials, and equipment to the scene were especially challenging.
Through effective communication and cooperation with the military onsite and our excellent vendor relationships, ISI procured the necessary large bucket trucks, pole auger trucks, and line equipment from the U.S. and successfully moved them into Iraq (no simple feat during the height of the war!) specifically for this project. This equipment was mobilized on one of the largest air cargo planes in the world directly from Atlanta.
All nine projects in this contract were completed on time and within budget and ISI was able to get the power on to the housing facilities prior to the hottest weather of the summer. With the new power source there was now plenty of power to operate the much-needed AC units.