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Field Work

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     Every day TWX promissed to pick me up at 8.00 a.m. And every morning they showed up at around 10. We drove hundreds of kilometers each day to work in hot, humid weather pestered by vagrants, beggars, and sometimes thieves. The "ordinary" people were quite nice.
     At each site there was a staff of guards paid by the various agencies who had an interest in the project. The guards lived in the walled compounds surrounding the well heads and transmission towers. They lived there with their familys and animals. Some even had patches of vegitables.

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Saluting Guard
This is the entry to a typical telemetry building. At each site, was a uniformed Bangla defence forces guard and at least one Titas Gas guard and often a TWX guard to keep an eye on the others.
More Saluting Guards
Photographs were precious to everyone I came across. For ordinary people, a photograph was beyond their means. The guards loved to pose and salute. I'd would give them copies of their pictures whenever I returned to a site.
Still Saluting
These two fellows had me take their picture in front of every peice of equipment at the site.
Guard Baby
This guy got so excited that he ran home (a lean-to against the outer wall) and got his baby then climbed onto the microwave tower. The baby cried.
Cooking Guard
Often the guards and their families lived in the compounds. We interrupted this one cooking his dinner. Guards were not supposed to live inside the control building but they did. By the time I left, all of the site personelle had moved into the compounds, setting up stick and mat shelters against the walls.
This fellow got the job as head guard at Trishal because he had helped capture a notorious bandit. He had photos of himself and his platoon holding the bandit by the hair. The bandit looked like a wild man.
Balukah Crew
This was the crew at the station nearest Dhaka. All three guards. Their kids, goats, and cattle are not in the picture. We never saw their wives.
Trishal Crew
The hero guard was the only one allowed to use the radio phone - a great honor. So, we had to have our pictures taken with him on the phone. Punjab, my second favorite driver is on the right.
Typical Telemetry Room
This is a typical telemetry room in the control house. There was one exactly like it at each site. There was the telemetry cabinet, desk, a marble floor, a "bunk" (a board on 4 legs) for the main guard, and two windows. There was supposed to be a light but the bulb was usually gone because it had been sold for food.
Shahadad Hussain
Shahadad Hussain and I check the control points in the Bhaluka telemetry cabinet. Shahadad had never used a screwdriver nor digital multimeter. He was in charge of the radios for the project. The radios never worked but it wasn't his fault.
Valve Tree
This is a valve tree. It is the reason for the whole project. The readings from the gages and controls were relayed from each site to Dhaka so that one operator could control the flow in the whole system. Notice the bends in the pipe. Many had already started to frost over and crack because of the freezing effect of the pressure differential in the gas making the turn.
Typical Field Panel
This is a field panel. There was one of these at each site to relay readings and control signals between the sites and Dhaka. It was so damp that mould would grow on the connections. Silicone spray fixed it.
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