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.