BM0889 - AUSTIN U TEX MAIN PWR PLT STK - Austin, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 30° 17.204 W 097° 44.108
14R E 621646 N 3351235
Quick Description: The center point of the University of Texas at Austin's Carl J. Eckhardt Heating & Power Complex (formerly the Hal C. Weaver Power Plant) stack, built in 1927, is a NGS benchmark. It can be easily spotted throughout the university's campus.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 7:37:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMNC0P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:
As described by the Coast and Geodetic Survey ("CAS", or "CGS") in 1935:

"THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE STACK AT THE POWER PLANT OF THE MAIN CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. THE POWER PLANT IS A BUFF-COLORED BRICK BUILDING. THE STACK RISES FROM ABOUT THE CENTER OF TOP OF THE BUILDING. IT IS A ROUND, BUFF-COLORED BRICK STACK AND HAS AN ENLARGED BAND ABOUT 2 FEET BELOW THE TOP AND ANOTHER ABOUT 15 FEET BELOW THE TOP. THERE IS AN ORNAMENTAL, INLAID BRICK DESIGN BELOW THE LOWER BAND. THE STACK IS ABOUT 200 FEET HIGH AND VERY PROMINENT. IT WAS ERECTED IN 1927.

THE MAIN CAMPUS IS ABOUT 3/4 MILE N OF THE CAPITOL. THE STACK IS NEAR THE E END OF THE CAMPUS, ABOUT 500 FEET W OF SAN JACINTO BLVD., AND ABOUT 100 FEET S OF E 24TH STREET."

A few extra factoids about this particular waymark:

* The stack forms part of the Carl J. Eckhardt Heating & Power Complex (formerly the "Hal C. Weaver Power Plant"), located in the middle of the university's campus. It is a combined heating and power facility (CHP), supplying the campus and chill stations with electricity as well as steam salvaged from waste heat.

* In 1996, the power plant’s overall energy distribution efficiency was 62%, compared to a typical combined-cycle power facility’s energy efficiency of only 40%. Through 2008, the power plant efficiency was increased to 73% due to plant modifications and process optimization. It received several industry-specific awards in 2012 for its fuel consumption and pollutant emissions reduction achievements.


Below are some additional facts, per the NGS database (with some editing for length): (visit link)

BM0889 ***********************************************************************
BM0889 DESIGNATION - AUSTIN U TEX MAIN PWR PLT STK
BM0889 PID - BM0889
BM0889 STATE/COUNTY- TX/TRAVIS
BM0889 COUNTRY - US
BM0889 USGS QUAD - AUSTIN EAST (1988)
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BM0889 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
BM0889 ______________________________________________________________________
BM0889* NAD 83(1993) POSITION- 30 17 12.20994(N) 097 44 06.48797(W) ADJUSTED
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BM0889_MARKER: 63 = STACK
BM0889_SATELLITE: THE SITE LOCATION WAS REPORTED AS SUITABLE FOR
BM0889+SATELLITE: SATELLITE OBSERVATIONS - March 31, 2009
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BM0889 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By
BM0889 HISTORY - 1935 FIRST OBSERVED CGS
BM0889 HISTORY - 1983 GOOD USPSQD
BM0889 HISTORY - 1990 GOOD USPSQD
BM0889 HISTORY - 19980730 GOOD USPSQD
BM0889 HISTORY - 20030308 GOOD USPSQD
BM0889 HISTORY - 20040611 GOOD USPSQD
BM0889 HISTORY - 20090331 GOOD GEOCAC
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: AUSTIN U TEX MAIN PWR PLT STK

Benchmark Agency: U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: Stack

County: Austin, TX (Travis county)

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: Austin

Find type: Found by luck/skill/knowledge

Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional): [Web Link]

NGS PID: BM0889

Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Monumentation type (if other): Not listed

Special category (optional): Not listed

Special Category (if other): Not listed

Local database's URL (optional): Not listed

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  2. A 'distant' photo including the mark in the view is highly recommended. Include the compass direction you faced when you took the picture.
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