"Sometimes it's so complex I get goosebumps," says Roberto Mignone, construction configuration officer and scaffolding contract manager in the Construction Management Office. "Most people don't notice the scaffolding because it is such a common sight, but it's an important backbone of any construction worksite and even more so at ITER."
Construction configuration officer and scaffolding contract manager Roberto Mignone gets ''goosebumps'' at the complexity of some of ITER's scaffolding projects. Here he is (far right) with some of the members of the Entrepose Echafaudages team (from left to right Benoît, Maxime, Théophile, and Christophe).
"A large part of the job is coordinating the installation," says Roberto. "It is a bit of a puzzle to get the scaffolding erected on deadline without interfering with other assembly activities. That's why so much of our work for the most complex areas is done at night."
For scaffolding operations in the Tokamak pit, such as this assembly around the central column of the in-pit column tool, a carbon-free kit is necessary. The team now has almost 100 tonnes of carbon-free material on hand after developing and procuring it especially for ITER's needs.
In April 2022, the scaffolding team will face another one-of-kind project; a 28-metre-long scaffolding structure known as "the beam" will be installed above the Tokamak pit to allow the completion of the cable trays and ventilation ducts.
This 28-metre-long scaffolding structure known as ''the beam'' will be installed above the Tokamak pit to allow for the completion of cable trays and ventilation ducts. ITER's scaffolding needs are ''more sophisticated'' than at other worksites according to MOMENTUM's Gilbert Mamadou. ''At ITER, there are highly technical zones and components where you need to work with great care for the surrounding items as any impact might have dramatic repercussions on unique components.''