For the trip to Dungeness, I have carried out two fields of research, thus having several methods:
- Dungeness Nuclear Power Station B’s original structure; using drawing via memory (hoping my photographic memory works though!)
- Local vegetation documentation; using photography and (some) sample taken for further experiments.
As for the power station, I found out that they only have one floor of basement, used for a chiller room, specifically carbon dioxide’s dryer area. Which leads me to further investigations of why do they lack in basement structures, since the houses around the area mostly has one floor without basement floors and they rest on raft foundation. This could be due to the soil composition, since the shingles depth is up to 5 metres. Thus, the continuous movement of shingles may affect the movement of the building, thus affecting their structures. As for this sector, I have sketched a rough image of several spaces in the nuclear power station mainly by memory, since no photography nor live sketching is allowed in the power station. The memory sketches are also aided by some images of the power station that is managed to be captured from outside the gate as well as the infographic drawing I have posted a few weeks back.
I also have been looking into several reading materials; “Nuclear Power and the Environment” by Hester & Harrison and “Nuclear Energy and the Environment” by El-Hinnawi; to look into nuclear power stations and methods of decommissioning nuclear power stations.
As for vegetation documentation, I have taken several photographs and 3D scanning of the vegetation while doing site walks, although 3D scanning turned out to be quite a failure.
For Tuesday, I aim to produce several drawings of the nuclear power stations based on the sketches and its details based on images and the infographic photo above.