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Falling glass at the ASIO HQ

By johnboy - 6 March 2012 41

The Canberra Times has a story on a major construction failure on Prinz-Albrecht-Street, no wait, Constitution Avenue where the new ASIO headquarters building has had some trouble:

A spokeswoman for the Department said 19 glass panels, measuring 3.8 metres by 1.7 metres, cracked and disintegrated more than a week ago.

The spokeswoman said the panels from the facade above the main entry on Constitution Avenue ”progressively failed” from about midday on February 24.

”The panels had not yet been permanently fixed to the building,” she said.

”Workers in the vicinity were evacuated before the first panel failed and the area was cordoned off. No one was injured.”

She said an investigation was underway into why the glass panels, each of which cost about $3500, had fallen off the building and how builders would prevent the other panels lining the building falling.

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Falling glass at the ASIO HQ
umehomes 12:36 pm 06 Mar 12

p1 said :

Bugger. Were the sheets of glass made in China?

Are the workers who install the glasses not trained well in Australia?

Sometimes you have to look all factors for this kind of situation, do not blame on overseas products all the time.

Holden Caulfield 12:29 pm 06 Mar 12

Russ said :

As I understand, the only buildings you’re not allowed to photograph are “Defence Installations” – anything else is fair game if you’re on public land at the time.

That said, most security guards will come out and attempt to give you a hard time, but in general the cops know better.

If you do want to photograph a government building where you’re concerned about getting hassled, do it on a weekend or public holiday.

That doesn’t always work either as security guards are often on reception desks anyway. It’s a load of cobblers.

dungfungus 12:14 pm 06 Mar 12

A likely cause is harmonic distortion which can be triggered by events outside the building (passing aircraft for example) This could be an ongoing problem considering the total glass sheathing on this building. EMR can also create problems and this building would be bristling with electronic devices.
The integrated document shredder at the current ASIO address shakes the whole building when it is operating; maybe they were testing the new shredder when the glass shattered?

Russ 11:57 am 06 Mar 12

As I understand, the only buildings you’re not allowed to photograph are “Defence Installations” – anything else is fair game if you’re on public land at the time.

That said, most security guards will come out and attempt to give you a hard time, but in general the cops know better.

If you do want to photograph a government building where you’re concerned about getting hassled, do it on a weekend or public holiday.

dungfungus 11:57 am 06 Mar 12

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

johnboy said :

shirty_bear said :

When I commuted past this morning, there was a Channel 9 cameraman on the median strip pointing his camera straight at said building. Wasn’t there a security kerfuffle about people taking photos there not so long ago?

The rules for the easily bullied are not the same

I’d have thought taking photos from the street would hardly be an issue. You can look at it with your eyes, why not through a camera?

Got around that one….. When security moves you on for taking photos, just say you have a photographic memory.

Remember, they are taking photos of you as well.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:42 am 06 Mar 12

arescarti42 said :

I got told to f*** off by a security guard for taking photos of the Campbell Park offices from the Mt. Ainslie side of Northcott Drive. I complied at the time, but was pretty annoyed that he was so vulgar, and also that I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of a building from a public place.

I wonder if the driver of the Google van got abused when he drove his HD 360 degree camera down Northcott Drive.

Security guards say all sorts of interesting things. Compliance with their instructions is another matter. If you’re not trespassing I’d be thanking them for their opinion and ignoring them.

arescarti42 11:27 am 06 Mar 12

I got told to f*** off by a security guard for taking photos of the Campbell Park offices from the Mt. Ainslie side of Northcott Drive. I complied at the time, but was pretty annoyed that he was so vulgar, and also that I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of a building from a public place.

I wonder if the driver of the Google van got abused when he drove his HD 360 degree camera down Northcott Drive.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:46 am 06 Mar 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

johnboy said :

shirty_bear said :

When I commuted past this morning, there was a Channel 9 cameraman on the median strip pointing his camera straight at said building. Wasn’t there a security kerfuffle about people taking photos there not so long ago?

The rules for the easily bullied are not the same

I’d have thought taking photos from the street would hardly be an issue. You can look at it with your eyes, why not through a camera?

Indeed, unless specific legislation has been enacted banning photography of this particular building from public space, doing so is perfectly legal.

Rawhide Kid Part3 10:45 am 06 Mar 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

johnboy said :

shirty_bear said :

When I commuted past this morning, there was a Channel 9 cameraman on the median strip pointing his camera straight at said building. Wasn’t there a security kerfuffle about people taking photos there not so long ago?

The rules for the easily bullied are not the same

I’d have thought taking photos from the street would hardly be an issue. You can look at it with your eyes, why not through a camera?

Got around that one….. When security moves you on for taking photos, just say you have a photographic memory.

poetix 10:45 am 06 Mar 12

Thank God there was no vital secret stuff happening inside; how would Australia survive?

‘For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.’
1 Corinthians 13:12

dpm 10:38 am 06 Mar 12

Now *this* sounds more worthy of Thumper’s “We’re not very good at making things here in the ACT, are we…” comment!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:27 am 06 Mar 12

johnboy said :

shirty_bear said :

When I commuted past this morning, there was a Channel 9 cameraman on the median strip pointing his camera straight at said building. Wasn’t there a security kerfuffle about people taking photos there not so long ago?

The rules for the easily bullied are not the same

I’d have thought taking photos from the street would hardly be an issue. You can look at it with your eyes, why not through a camera?

johnboy 10:11 am 06 Mar 12

shirty_bear said :

When I commuted past this morning, there was a Channel 9 cameraman on the median strip pointing his camera straight at said building. Wasn’t there a security kerfuffle about people taking photos there not so long ago?

The rules for the easily bullied are not the same

p1 10:02 am 06 Mar 12

Bugger. Were the sheets of glass made in China?

shirty_bear 10:02 am 06 Mar 12

When I commuted past this morning, there was a Channel 9 cameraman on the median strip pointing his camera straight at said building. Wasn’t there a security kerfuffle about people taking photos there not so long ago?

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