the gnomon was sandblasted it was moved to the
site in Pinawa on a 28 foot flatbed trailer. This
job also required the services of the GALION
which was used to load and unload the gnomon as
well as erect it.
photograph shows the base for the gnomon. There
are four 16" concrete piles about 16 ft.
deep. From each protrude 4 - 1" threaded
rods. The east-west 8" by 12" hollow
steel section is bolted to two of the piles. The
north-south 12" square section is bolted to
the other two piles and welded to the 8" by
12" section. The hole in the large section
allows access to the bolts.
gnomon was installed on November 1, 2000. Here it
is being lifted into position by the GALION. It
took over two days to weld the gnomon to its base
including such items as the front nose piece and
various end caps. The welder (Fred Betker) burnt
piles of rod and worked very hard to complete the
job. It was a very impressive job. And the
weather just wouldn't co-operate. It rained
periodically during the first two days and when
Fred came to complete the job on the third day it
had snowed during the night.
is the gnomon just after it was released from the
foreground is the portable welder used on the
lamp pole was removed by the LGD the next day
when it became obvious that it detracted from the
gnomon and just had to go.
are the men who were directly involved in the
installation of the gnomon.
Burnett, Fred Betker, Al Abraham, Brian Dyck,
Leonard Scholz, Clive Schultz, Me too but I was
taking the picture.
is the gnomon at the end of the first day of its
installation. The effects of the rain are quite
obvious from the amount of oxidation that has
occurred on the mild steel. The other side is not
quite at this stage as it was facing down when
the gnomon was on the ground. It is very
interesting to watch as the surface changes from
day to day and to see the colour variations from
wet to dry.