Camp Bastion, Afghanistan: haven in the desert of death

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  1. This is the abstract of a great article in 'Civil Engineering' (the proceedings of the ICE) by R J Hewson. It describes in detail the construction of Camp Bastion, its some feat of engineering, hats off to everyone involved!

    "Camp Bastion in Afghanistan was the largest British military construction project in a war zone for over half a century. Starting from a desert site with no access to essential services, the £53 million project was built in just four months by a construction force of 225 officers, soldiers and civilians. It included a 2250-bed camp, field hospital with intensive-care facilities, headquarter complexes, a runway for Hercules aircraft, operating surfaces for a variety of helicopter types and all other infrastructure for a sustainable forward military base. This paper describes the planning, design and construction of the award-winning project, including movement of UK personnel, machinery and material nearly 6000 km overland."

    If you can get your hands on the article its worth a read.


    (I may be able to scan it and attach it)
  2. Ironic for it to appear in "Civil Engineering" journal!
  3. The concluding paragraph:

    Camp Bastion was one of the Royal Engineers’ most significant construction achievements since the 1950-53 Korean War. The construction of what was effectively a small town with a hospital and international airport in just four months by a small team of multi-skilled military engineers was a testament to their corps’ skill, training, leadership and initiative.

    The project was awarded the judges’ special award at the British Construction Industry Awards 2007, with the following credit

    “The most extraordinary feat of logistical, engineering, management and construction in the most inhospitable environment. The determination and commitment shown by the entire construction team included numerous examples of individuals going well beyond the call of duty. Camp Bastion was a construction project like no other and worthy winner of the judges’ special award”
  4. It should be noted that allot of the civvies are ex-forces too

    The objective, determination of the Project Team was incredible

    Well done to everyone connected with it... now for the relocation to Kandahar! < ooops
  5. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Not knocking our efforts - definately a feat of engineering, but how did they compare to the US bases?
  6. Our camp was built on a quarter of the budget and won't blow away in the next stong wind.

  7. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Fair point :D

  8. And if the COW had anything to do with it, it was probably built twice. :D :wink:
  9. after having been move an inch to the left. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:
  10. Quality :wink: :D
  11. Seeing how long it's been up, isn't it getting near the time that some COW will decide that it was correct the first time of building, and require it to be put back how it was? 8O
  12. so true :D
  14. They forgot to mention it's an absolute sh!tehole!
  15. Roger that knocker, I was at a sangar tower in HQNI (Descant 97) and privy to a whole Troop Staffy v. COW set to where the fieldy had the gall to tell the cow that his plan was arse. Needless to say that the COW had his way, the pad, tower and sangar got up, then didn't have line of sight up the street opposite the fence. Large egg on face and pointless attempting to shift blame by the Design Cell.