Its beginning of day 3. I want to talk about Zach and Ben from Elemental Ecosystems real quick. As I am having my morning coffee, they are out there working. Both days they have been out there til dark or almost dark. Their work day is over 12 hours long because thats the length of our day. He said the projects where he kept to 8 hour days, he has regretted it. Like a rain storm shutting down the project. Had he worked full daylight hours the rain storm wouldn't have impacted his schedule.
Zach is JUST like you see in his videos. I remember one where he was knee deep in a pond in Ecuador, pulling select plants that may be overtaking the pond edge. A busy bee. No telling what he will do or where he will be any given moment. Here he is jumping in holes. As clay is going into the key trenches he is pulling big roots out of the mix. Day one he was pulling iris plants and fruit /nut trees so they wouldn't get destroyed.
During all this i have 100's of questions. He was answering them, then scurrying off to do something, then coming back to finish. I feel like i should leave him alone but the dual setup with Ben on the excavator and him "all seeing " works very well to hasten the project and allow time to interact with client.
He expressed that in other countries, where labor is cheap and they opt out of bringing Ben in (they just pay for Zach), its a much different flow. Zach is running the excavator, jumping out several times an hour to check the trench depth, pull roots from the clay, using site level to determine height of key dam. While it could be done without Ben, having him allows so much more education for the client and more accomplished each day. The machinery rental is a big cost, probably more expensive than Zach. So having the people to keep it running may actually save money on the project. The knowledge and experience i am gaining is 1000x's better than Pauls pdc course on water retention, which includes Zach doing a one hour slide presentation and question and answer. I think Paul would agree with that also. Doing vs teaching if you will. It gives a better understanding.
I am SO enjoying this week.