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  • Men of measure

    'Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.' [From the Greek historian Herodotu [...]

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  • The end of a nine-year journey

    In December, as toroidal field conductor unit length #133 came off the production line, the ITER community celebrated a major milestone—the end of a nine-year p [...]

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  • The little coupler that could

    Concrete and steel met at the end of the 19th century, never to part again. From their encounter a new material was born that revolutionized construction techni [...]

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  • The radio power house

    The steel structure extension that's being erected on the northeast side of the Assembly Hall is for a large building that will be densely packed with power sup [...]

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  • Spaceport ITER

    At nightfall, when buildings, work areas, roads and parking lots light up, the ITER site looks like an alien spaceport. Drenched in the yellow glow of sodium l [...]

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Remember when it was smooth?

The 42-hectare ITER platform used to be as smooth and as flat as a billiard table. These days it's hard to find a clear patch.

Site adaptation activities (modified entrances and roadworks), digging and pipe-laying for critical networks and galleries, portable office construction, and network installation for the new Contractors Area in the southwest corner of the site have resulted in deep trenches in some areas and mounds of dirt in others.

The "quietest" area of the site is 15-metres below the surface in the Seismic Isolation Pit. But not for long: GTM Construction will soon begin propping and formwork in preparation for concrete pouring for the B2 slab -- the "upper basemat" and actual floor of the 360,000-ton Tokamak Complex.

Work progresses on the Assembly Building basemat. Two sections of structural concrete, or plots, have been poured since November and reinforcement activities are ongoing. (Click to view larger version...)
Work progresses on the Assembly Building basemat. Two sections of structural concrete, or plots, have been poured since November and reinforcement activities are ongoing.


Workers dig galleries along the exterior of the Assembly Building to accommodate services (electricity, evacuation, piping ...) (Click to view larger version...)
Workers dig galleries along the exterior of the Assembly Building to accommodate services (electricity, evacuation, piping ...)


The foundations of the Assembly Building abut the retaining wall of the Tokamak Complex. The two buildings will be the tallest on the platform, rising to a height of 60 metres. (Click to view larger version...)
The foundations of the Assembly Building abut the retaining wall of the Tokamak Complex. The two buildings will be the tallest on the platform, rising to a height of 60 metres.


Propping and formwork will begin at the end of the month for the upper basemat of the Tokamak Pit: by late October 2013, the seismic protection system for the Tokamak Complex will be completely hidden from view. (Click to view larger version...)
Propping and formwork will begin at the end of the month for the upper basemat of the Tokamak Pit: by late October 2013, the seismic protection system for the Tokamak Complex will be completely hidden from view.


Critical network piping will crisscross the ITER site for precipitation drainage and cooling water release. In this section of the network, the pipes have been installed and backfilling is underway. (Click to view larger version...)
Critical network piping will crisscross the ITER site for precipitation drainage and cooling water release. In this section of the network, the pipes have been installed and backfilling is underway.




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