Panama Canal Slideshow

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Overview of Panama City, located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, a man-made, 48-mile waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.

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Jan Kop, project coordinator for the design-build consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), working on ways to make the locks function 99% of the time for the next hundred years.

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Jan Kop, project coordinator of GUPC, stands on one of the concrete walls between two water-recycling basins at the Panama Canal.

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Workers below the command tower of Cocoli proceed with construction and pour the last concrete for roads, curbs, and draining system.

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The command tower of Cocoli with the wall of the lock.

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On of the giant rolling gates between the upper and middle chamber of the Cocoli locks.

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The middle and lower lock chambers of the Cocoli complex filled with water. In the background on the left, the skyline of Panama City.

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The two massive, steel rolling gates between the upper and the middle lock chambers at the Cocoli complex. The lock sill under these doors leaked severely during the first test and had to be repaired.

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Employees of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) receiving instructions about the operations of the locks. The screens show all the information about water levels in the locks and water recycling basins, water pressure, status of the gates and all the culverts and valves in the system.

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Tim Counts of Fall Line, the company that tested the concrete cores for GUPC, with a core that has to be tested.

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Concrete cores in front of the lab of Fall Line, the company that tested the concrete.

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A computer screen in the lab of Fall Line, showing the progression of a C1202 test.

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Panamanian GUPC workers constructing a manhole for the surface drainage system of the Cocoli complex.

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The cable that opens and closes one of the rolling gates in the machine house of the Cocoli complex.

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The upper chamber of the Cocoli locks, filled with water, seen from the top of the command tower. To the right are the three water savings basins that reuse 60% of the water with every transit.

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Jan Kop, a manager of the Belgian company Jan de Nul, and the project coordinator of GUPC.

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Employees of GUPC are checking and testing the computer that monitors the status of the eight rolling gates of the Cocoli locks.

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People working inside one of the enormous, steel rolling gates of the Cocoli complex.

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Panamanian students getting a tour of the new locks of the Cocoli complex.

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The last concrete batch plant that is still standing at the Cocoli complex. The much larger plant has been torn down.

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GUPC workers are pouring concrete for a building/facility at the Cocoli complex.

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