AMEC, TMT and the Military on the Mountain

I found this 2005 article on Wired Magazine about the building of the TMT Project:

…The TMT project will be the first realization of a new breed of super-scopes, known as Giant Segmented Mirror Telescopes. The National Academy of Sciences, in a report called “Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium,” said these scopes are the top priority for ground-based astronomy.

It will be built by AMEC, an international project-management and engineering firm, and an association of Canadian Universities. The U.S.-based Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California are also bringing their expertise to the table…

So I thought to myself who is AMEC and what other projects are they involved in.

I was kind of shocked to find this on the AMEC website:

Environmental planning supports transformation of US Army division

Location: Pennsylvania and Hawaii, US
Client: US Army
Value: (Project) US$5-6 million
Scope: Environmental planning, range design
Date: 2002 – 2006
Contact: Paul Pettit ([email protected])

Six army brigades across North America, including infantry divisions in Pennsylvania and Hawaii, were being transformed into Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs). The SBCTs are designed to be rapid-response, technologically advanced units, trained in the use of the new Stryker armoured vehicles. For this to be achieved, new training and support facilities were required which is needed to be built safely and with minimum disruption to the local environments and communities

Developed by the military in the 1970s, adaptive optics was used for the first time in 2003 on one of the twin Keck telescopes that straddle the summit of Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano….

More Here

Sounds like the same thing the TMT supporters are saying?

So the connection I’m seeing, is AMEC, the Builder of the TMT also has a vested interest in Stryker Brigades that coincidentally will be training on Mauna Kea also.

Things that make you go hmm???

3 Responses

  1. Now that seven years have passed and the construction of TMT has begun, any new thoughts on this topic?

    I’m curious about the relationship between the military, their training, and this new telescope. My Internet search brought me to this post.

    Who is building TMT? I couldn’t find that online.

    Let us know your thoughts if you have any say on the matter. Hilo is pretty amped right now in regards to all this.

  2. Now that 7 years have passed and the construction has began, any new thoughts on this old post I found? I’m curious about the possible connection between military and their training and this new telescope. While doing an Internet search I found your old post and would like to see if you have any current input.

    Who is building TMT. I couldn’t find that in my search.

  3. AMEC is not building TMT

    Dynamic Structures has been the engineering brain-power behind the land-based scopes for two decades. This group of niche engineers and erectors were owned by AMEC from 2000-2006. Dynamic Structures is also responsible for many of the more complex rollercoasters that exist in amusement parks. In 2010, many will see their work when cameras film Olympic ski jumpers; they built the jump.

    The Wired magazine piece was written during the short amount of time AMEC owned Dynamic Structures.

    Damon – Thank you for clarifying

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