EllisDon Talks About Challenges of TRIUMF ARIEL Construction
October 16, 2014
In an article in the Journal of Commerce, John MacKenzie, a Project Manager at EllisDon, speaks about the obstacles that the company had to overcome to construct the new TRIUMF Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL) amid a sensitive and busy scientific research setting.
John noted that this was a rare project for EllisDon. He also noted that one of the biggest challenges they faced was how complex the surrounding environment was, as they had to build ARIEL around four other buildings. Equipment located in nearby buildings was extremely sensitive and in some cases couldn’t move more than +/- 1mm during the construction phase.
The ARIEL facility was constructed to enhance the Rare Isotope Beam (RIB) science program at the Isotope Separator and Accelerator (ISAC) facility. ARIEL utilizes next-generation technology to showcase their high-power superconducting electron accelerator to produce exotic isotopes for research and development purposes.