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Syncrude...bucketwheels and draglines...I DIG it! by Dave Belcher

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Dave Belcher Dave Belcher
Explore score
0.42 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 28, 2010
Date taken
Jun 27, 2010

The retired heavy hitters from the early days of Syncrude's operations at Fort McMurray, Alberta.


Bucketwheel No.4 operated with Discovery until until the dragline's retirement in July 1999. The bucketwheel reclaimed the windrows of oil sand created by the dragline and transferred the oil sand along a conveyor system "bridge deck" which ran across the top of the unit to the ground conveyor. The bucketwheel used more than nine tons of oil and grease and had over ten tons of paint on it.

Length 140 meters /560 feet
Bucket size: 24 buckets of 1.38 cubic meters (1.8 cubic yards each)
Bucket discharge: 54 buckets per minute (7263 cubic meters/hour)
Wheel boom conveyor belt speed four meters per second
Horsepower 12,000
Bridge conveyor belt speed four meters per second
Operating weight 2400 tons
Replacement value $34 million

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.5131 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 26 megapixels (10359 x 2561 pixels)
Input images: 133 (19 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 190.3 degrees wide by 47.0 degrees high (top=35.2, bottom=-11.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-LX2
Image size: 4224x2376 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-06-27 11:44:18 - 2010-06-27 11:52:18
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 112.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 50.6 to 57.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 43.7 to 45.3 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 11:42 (0:05 per picture)
Alignment: 1:15, Projection: 0:52, Blending: 9:34

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