K-SPAN buildings (fig. 9-8) are a new form of construction within the Seabee community. The intended uses of these buildings are for open storage; however, these buildings can be designed for use as office spaces, hangars, supply buildings, medical facilities, and more permanent structures. It is a self-contained, metal building manufacturing plant (Automatic Building Machine) mounted on a trailer, forming a type of "mobile factory." There are two types of K-SPAN building machines, as shown in figures 9-9 and 9-10: the MIC 120 and the MIC 240 (Super Span). An interesting aspect of this machine is that it can be easily transported by air anywhere in the world. The ABM System has already been certified for air transport by the U.S. Air Force in C- 130, C- 141, and C-5 aircraft.
Training personnel in the operation of all related K-SPAN equipment is essential. The formal training of K-SPAN construction is held at both NCRs. Crew members and leaders, once trained, can instruct other members of the crew in the safe fabrication and erection of a K-SPAN. Each regiment has personnel certified by MIC Industries to instruct this training.
The training provided to you is not to be taken as the absolute and only way to construct the K-SPAN. As in the case of most construction procedures, there are several different ways to accomplish the task. Crew size, experience, and type of equipment available may alter the way you perform the task; however, you should
Figure 9-10. - Automatic Building Machine 240.Continue Reading