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End of Project

Proud Project Manager - Karl Tuplin Proud Project Manager - Karl Tuplin

With the official launch completed on the 5th Feb and the project ceasing on the 31st March this will be the last entry on to the website.

It only remains for me, the Project Manager, to thank all of the hundreds of people that have made this amazing project the success that it has been. To thank the guys like “The Len”, “Pompey” and “Ash” who come back season after season because they just love working in this fantastic place. To thank some of the key managers who have been with the project from start to finish; John Hammerton and Peter Willmott from Morrison Falkland Limited (the main contractor), Peter Ayres and Michael Wright from AECOM (the engineers) and Hugh Broughton from Hugh Broughton Architects. And a very special thanks must go to the BAS in-house team of Paul Cousens, Steve Canham, Michael Rose, Martin Bell, Ben Norrish, Caroline Lewis and Lynne Slater without whose dedication and perseverance this project would not have been possible.

If you want to keep up to date with Halley VI and the staff who live and work there follow the links back to the main BAS web site and web cams.

Karl Tuplin
Halley VI Project Manager

Link | Posted by Mike in Uncategorized on February 5th, 2013

12/13 Season – Official Launch & Demolition of Halley V

The final season of the project and yet again another busy one. There are lots of smaller projects to complete this season such as the demolition and clearance of Halley V, the refurbishment of the Summer Accommodation Building, the construction of a new workshop and stores building on skis, all the snags in the modules have to be completed and on the 5th February 2013 we will have the official opening of Halley VI.

Whilst all the construction work was going on the science team continued collecting data for the long term data sets, ran a full field season from Halley VI, installed a new radar system and installed new instruments in the Optical Caboose and Clean Air Sector Laboratory.

In addition to all that Halley VI hosted two international collaborations. One was a high altitude balloon campaign with the US National Science Foundation to collect data from the stratosphere and the other was a joint Danish / US / UK aerogeophysics campaign to survey the Recovery Glacier area.

So a very busy season.

Halley VI – High Altitude Balloon being Launched Halley VI – High Altitude Balloon being Launched

At the time of writing the Summer Accommodation refurbishment work, the snagging work and the new build Workshop and Stores Building are all well underway and on target for completion by the end of the season. The demolition and clearance of Halley V has all been completed. For many of the staff at Halley this was a sad period because many had lived there for one or more winters and most had lived there for several summer seasons and regarded the place as home.

Halley V Station as it once was Halley V Station as it once was

Halley V part way through demolition Halley V part way through demolition

Halley V towards the end of demolition Halley V towards the end of demolition

Link | Posted by Mike in Uncategorized on January 8th, 2013

Winter 2012 – First Operational Winter

The first wintering team soon settled in to the new station and maintained a full science programme. Excellent results were received from the radars and the meteorological programme and spring ozone monitoring programme ran well. The modules performed well although there were some concerns with the generators towards the end of winter.

Halley VI – Star Stream - Photo: Anthony Dubber Halley VI – Star Stream - Photo: Anthony Dubber

Halley VI – Scientists working on a tower mid winter – photo Sam  Burrell Halley VI – Scientists working on a tower mid winter – photo Sam Burrell

Link | Posted by Mike in Uncategorized on October 1st, 2012

11/12 Season – Completion

This was another long and busy season, but it was a landmark season. The aim was to get all the generators running and get the modules warmed up after the winter deep freeze. Then finish off all the internals of the modules and commission all the building services so that we had a habitable station for winter 2012. In addition we also had to install all the science equipment and experiments and have them commissioned ready for winter.

It was a struggle at first to get the generators up and running, which delayed the programme. So there were a few tense weeks in the middle of the season before the decision could be made that it was safe to strip out and close down Halley V and winter in Halley VI. Once that decision was made at the end of January we all went in to over drive; the comms equipment, surgery and science equipment were moved from Halley V and installed in Halley VI, each module was completed so the BAS staff could move in and fit out with their equipment and the first wintering team had to be trained to look after their new station. Thankfully all the works were completed and the station became operational on 28th Feb 2012.

Halley VI – 1st March 2012 Halley VI – 1st March 2012

Typical Bedroom Typical Bedroom

Lounge / Bar Area Lounge / Bar Area

Upper Observation Deck Upper Observation Deck

Top of the Spiral Stair Case Top of the Spiral Stair Case

Link | Posted by Mike in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2012

Winter 2010

I think the winter picture of the blue modules and the aurora taken by Craig Brown the 2010 wintering electrician speaks for its self.Aurora over the modules
Aurora and Halley VI modules

Link | Posted by Mike in Uncategorized on August 14th, 2010