Posts tagged: Lake Compounce

By , February 6, 2008
Evan Souliere

I figured it was time for another update.

As you’ve probably noticed through the posted photos, Six Flags St. Louis got a bit of snow last week, but it hasn’t slowed our crew down. Work is progressing nicely and construction of the most difficult bents is going on now. These bents have to incorporate lift hill track high off the ground, the transfer building (making it impossible to bring two posts directly to the ground), and another track running alongside. Add the batters for lateral support and these bents are pretty complicated; it will be cool to see these stood up.

As far as my work goes, I’ve been working on some of our repair jobs – primarily Lake Compounce and Wild Adventures. It is really interesting to work on determining the as-built conditions and fitting our repairs in with them. The goal is to make the work for our guys in the field as straightforward as possible.

I suppose that’s about it. If anyone knows of anything fun to do on weekends in the Cincinnati area, let me know.


By , January 15, 2008
Evan Souliere

Things are busier in the Great Coasters office than most people probably think. Sure we’re building just one new ride this year and are still preparing for one next year, but we’ve also taken on a lot of rehab work at various parks.

A notable project we’re working on is Boulder Dash (for the second year in a row). We’re retracking some key points, as well as improving the structure in some places. I think the changes will be appreciated.

With all the new rides to get excited about during every offseason, I’ve never considered the amount of rehab work that goes on at various parks. It certainly didn’t take me long to figure it out, though, as we are working hard to properly balance the work going on at all of our sites.

Other things that have been keeping me busy include working on both structural and mechanical drawings for Evel Knievel and helping to determine sound levels around Great America’s new coaster.

I’ll post photos of Evel Knievel to the site as soon as we get them from the¬†field. The highest point of the ride is constructed, so everything’s downhill from here (lame pun intended).


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