25 October 2010

Where was "Europe"?

Companies that made the rescue of the Chilean miners possible.
  • Schramm Inc. of Pennsylvania built the drills and equipment used to reach the trapped miners.
  • Center Rock Company, also from Pennsylvania, built the drill bits used to reach the miners. 
  • UPS delivered the 13-ton drilling equipment from Pennsylvania to Chile in less than 48 hours. 
  • Crews from Layne Christensen Company and its subsidiary Geotec Boyles Bros. of Wichita, Kansas  worked the machinery to locate and reach the miners and then enlarge the holes to rescue them.
  • Jeff Hart of Denver, Colorado was recalled from drilling water wells for the US Army's forward operating bases in Afghanistan to lead the drilling crew that reached the miners.
  • Atlas Copco Construction Mining Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin provided consulting on how to make drilling equipment from different sources work together under differing pressure specifications.
  • Aries Central California Video of Fresno, California designed the special cameras that were lowered nearly a mile into the ground to send back video of the miners. 
  • Zephyr Technologies of Annapolis, Maryland, made the remote monitors of vital signs that the miners wore during their ascent. 
  • NASA Engineers designed the capsule that brought the miners to the surface and provided medical consulting, special diets and spandex suits to maintain their blood pressure during the ascent.
  • Drilling Supply Co., of Houston, Texas also involved.
  • Canadian-based Precision Drilling Corp. and the South African company Murray & Roberts drilled backup rescue shafts in case the American rig failed.

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