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8.0 Construction Techniques:

8.1Construction Trains:

The Grid infrastructure will be constructed using a number of unique train-like vehicles (AConstruction Trains@) which may approach one-half (2) mile in length. A Construction Train will consume only one lane of traffic, or perhaps a shoulder lane so that regular roadway traffic is not so adversely affected during construction of the Grid System. Materials will be delivered by trucks or other vehicles to both the front and rear cars of the Construction Train and distributed along the Construction Train. Much like a moving assembly line, the Construction Train will have on-board stations that are devoted to a particular part of the construction process. The Construction Train will have a solid barrier attached to its side, similar to a tall AJersey Wall@ between the crew and highway traffic flow. The Construction Train will be powered entirely by electric current diverted from the Grid Rail contacts.

8.2Construction Example:

For Example - the forward most cars would carry a large post-hole type excavator which would bore into soil, clay and even rock, removing dirt and rock to a hopper car for later distribution. The post hole would be as deep as necessary to meet the engineering requirements for each Grid Column with bell footings as required for sufficient support. A pile driver would install metal piles (AGrid Pilings@) where needed in extreme cases. After the Grid Train moves on a short distance, following cars will carry large round metal forms (AColumn Forms@) which would be placed in the Grid Column post-holes around the Grid Pilings. The next car would be equipped with a crane and place a pre-manufactured reinforcing structure inside the Column Forms. Concrete would then be poured by the next car or cars after being properly mixed (on site) from raw materials. Then, an adjustable metal shim plate (AShim Plate@) with deep spikes would be set into the wet concrete at the top of the Grid Column. Apparatus on following cars will restore the terrain and hydro-seed where necessary. A short distance back, a second series of Grid Train cars would arrive at a Grid Column well after the poured concrete has sufficiently hardened. The second Construction Train removes the Column Forms, adjusts the Shim Plate and sets the Grid Beam to design height and slant parameters. The Grid wiring bundle and electrical propulsion contacts are then attached to the Grid Beam. Stage III applications will be substantially complete at this stage of construction, however, Stage I and II applications will require a further (near) seamless cover for the Grid Beam which will serve as the Grid=s friction surface. The seamless cover will be as long as the (then current) manufacturing techniques will allow, preventing noise and vibration inside Grid vehicles at connection points or seams.

8.3Speed of Construction:

The Construction Train will move as rapidly as possible during construction, however, at any time, may be pulled to a staging area for re-supply or maintenance. To expedite construction, the Construction Train may evolve to the extent that it contains housing for crews with entertainment facilities, food service and other features for off-duty hours.

8.4Equal Design Importance:

The Company considers the design of the Construction Train equal in importance to the design of the HPR System as speed, cost and quality of Grid construction will ultimately play an important factor in HPR development. In cases where more than one Grid lane is constructed in each direction, substantial modifications to the Construction Train will be incorporated in order to share Grid Columns and other components of the Grid infrastructure.