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August 12, 2005 20:12
Night work at I-26 Exit 221 B

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August 14, 2005 8:49
Lifting girders

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August 14, 2005 11:11
Extracting a pair of teeth (from Sparky Witte)

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September 03, 2005 19:05
Coupling the superstructure to the support base

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September 12, 2005 11:10
Coupling the superstructure to the support base

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September 20, 2005 11:32
Cutting through girders: Nugget, a dentist in disguise

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September 21, 2005 10:20
Cutting the roadway into segments
with video

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September 21, 2005 15:11
Charleston's Temporary Stonehenge

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September 21, 2005 17:54
Removing a roadway segment
with video

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September 21, 2005 19:07
Cutting girders

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October 03, 2005 18:36
Some insights into how to drop a span of bridge

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October 05, 2005 12:31
Dropping a Pearman column just like dropping a tree - almost

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October 29, 2005 10:48
Innovation@work: roadway removal over steel girders

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November 02, 2005 23:03
Late night work: Harvesting girders over East Bay as seen from below and above

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November 07, 2005 16:25
Harvesting girders from the Pearman: 50 tons at a time

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November 08, 2005 14:25
Reef Transplantation: The Testa-Cashman surgical procedure

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November 11, 2005 13:10
Building a bridge to unbuild a pier cap

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November 16, 2005 7:57
Innovation@work: Removing roadway segments over concrete girders

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November 18, 2005 11:20
Removing the Grace skeleton inside the Port

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November 30, 2005 6:30
Loading and sequencing D-25 with explosives

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December 06, 2005 18:12
Raising Grace from Town Creek

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December 12, 2005 8:20
Bobby McCabe's Pearman jazz ensemble with a Jackup Barge

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December 30, 2005 9:40
Micro building and unbuilding
Happy New Year from us to you

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January 15, 2006 10:45
A distraction: Vehicular and pedestrian bridges of Singapore

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February 05, 2006 10:00
Unbuilding in Columbia: Imploding a building

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February 22, 2006 6:45
History today - Successful lowering of the Pearman main span over the Cooper RIver

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March 01, 2006 6:45
The Ironworkers proclaim that the Cooper River is Graceless

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June 07, 2006 12:57
Preparing to unbuild P-11: A template + drilling + skill

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June 10, 2006 16:35
Unbuilding the C-2 Pearman bearing

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July 26, 2006 7:26
ABS University, Prof. Rogers and the CHS Bomb Squad

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August 06, 2006 8:12
Unbuilding an HDB block in Singapore

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October 26, 2006 11:00
An aerial survey from SCDOT

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November 02, 2006 10:15
Sextet for Stan, Nugget, Carlos, Troy, Manny and Chris.

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November 09, 2006 17:23
Manny and Chris get well deserved extensions

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November 20, 2006 17:19
More Pearman truss unbuilding

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December 06, 2006 13:11
Manny and Iron Worker Acrobats - the end is near

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December 13, 2006 14:25
Roadway removal and cleaning up the Coleman Recycle Center

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December 15, 2006 8:07
Paving the Mt. Pleasant pier

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January 10, 2007 16:17
Wrapping T-1 for Friday's implosion

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January 13, 2007 13:11
Michael Rogers makes his debut

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March 13, 2007 14:25
Manny demonstrates the Manny push strategy.

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