Because he's just getting started, Chuck Gallup is a reluctant contributor to the Drawing Room, and he's a bit intimidated to have his work show up next to experts. ("And... yes... it is intimidating to submit anything. I really am a green pea!") On the other hand, we're delighted to show what someone with no previous experience or training in drafting or CAD can do, and more particularly, how enthusiastic they are about PowerCADD and WildTools. Chuck, thanks for participating and let's hope more 'green peas' like you contribute.
A Capra is used to lift cable from rotating tubs of cable on their way to the sea floor.
I submit these two drawings with some reluctence. I am not a designer, engineer or draftsman.
I purchased PowerCADD with WildTools in July of 2000. I am learning PowerCADD in the evenings and on week ends without any training other than the manuals and the PowerCADD forum. I was able to produce these drawings and many other working drawings in use every day. These particular drawings have been converted to DWG and installed in our company library.
Because of the ease and speed at which I can work, I have now been assigned the task of wading through our CAD library to replace, modify or create drawings of our field equipment which has become horribly inaccurate.
In real life, I am a shop supervisor. My company lays fiber optic and power cable on the sea floor all over the world. We design, build, modify, adapt, destroy, create and forcibly use about everything known to man to put cable on the sea floor. Years ago, we acquired two rotating turn-tables measuring 36' across and 20' high. We missed acquiring several projects recently because one costly key piece was missing. A mechanism was required to lift cable from the rotating tubs so they can be transferred to machines and equipment which ultimately bury the cable on the sea floor. This piece is called a Lifting Arm or Capra.
It has been my responsibility to make two Capras a reality. In a few weeks, we will start a cable laying operation in Galveston, TX laying two power cables and one fiber optic simultaneously. The two power cables measure 7.5 " across and weigh 60 pounds per foot while the fiber optic cable measure 1.5 inches across and can handle 2.8 million calls at a time.
From conceptual drawings to two working Capras, I used PowerCADD and WildTools start to finish. A whole new world has become open to me. This CAD program is accurate, fun and productive... three features I cannot live without!
Six months ago I used to draw with soapstone on the shop floor. Now I send and receive DWG/DXF files half-way around the globe. I can't believe it!
Chuck Gallup with eight hp steam engine.
Charles Gallup is a shop supervisor for Pirelli Jacobson, Inc., a fiber-optic cable company in Seattle, Washington. Charles Gallup, 5709 215th PL SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 Office: (206) 782-1618 x114 Fax: (206) 789-2851 Home: (425) 670-2145 Email: email@example.com
Drawings by Charles Gallup
Capra Design Capra Top View Ship Barges Roller Assembly Dock