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« Topic Start: March 13, 2007, 07:25:37 pm »

Well, at least the company isn't Haliburton, though I think it's ties to Jeb Bush are equally stinky.

Defective pumps used to protect New Orleans
Corps of Engineers defends supplier, says pumps were better than nothing

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« Reply #1: March 13, 2007, 08:58:22 pm »

Defective pumps used to protect New Orleans
Corps of Engineers defends supplier, says pumps were better than nothing

You know, I think anyone is the CoE who defends a supplier of defective parts like that needs to spend the rest of their lives doing meaningless manual labor for minimum wage and no benefits.
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« Reply #2: March 14, 2007, 12:20:54 pm »

You know, I think anyone is the CoE who defends a supplier of defective parts like that needs to spend the rest of their lives doing meaningless manual labor for minimum wage and no benefits.

Having done pump design trials, I'm not overly surprised that they had failures. I"m not going to dump on the company until I have a lot more data, particularly engineering data.

Worst failure was in a pump that had a materials change to a proven design.  First test run was about 1 second before it seized solid.  This was a design that had been in production for over a decade, with only the material of the rotor changed.

From the photo on page 2, and the data of 200 cu ft per second I"m not surprised that they'd have troubles. It takes time, which they did not have, to test a new design, or even a modified design.
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« Reply #3: March 17, 2007, 08:46:18 pm »



From the photo on page 2, and the data of 200 cu ft per second I"m not surprised that they'd have troubles. It takes time, which they did not have, to test a new design, or even a modified design.


So why did the Corp go for unproven designs, particularly as you said time was critical.

The corp is under political presure on many things.  I've work with them and done projects for them.  A lot of nice people, one losey organisations. 
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« Reply #4: March 18, 2007, 08:02:58 am »

So why did the Corp go for unproven designs, particularly as you said time was critical.

The corp is under political presure on many things.  I've work with them and done projects for them.  A lot of nice people, one losey organisations. 

Political pressure to "get pumps in place." I'd guess.

I'm thinking it was a choice of no pumps or these pumps. Only one company bid maybe, since they were the only ones willing to offer the right delivery date? (even if it was an upproven design).  Only this company bid knowing that they had political pull to ensure the Corp would pony up for the re-work if the design was 100% ready?

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