aboard a jumbo jet high over the Atlantic Ocean, Protec's
Seiji Moriuchi was feeling no such stress while making
his way to Liverpool, England that same afternoon.
city best known as birthplace of The Beatles would today
be known for the demise of Kenley Close, a towering
22-story apartment building near the center of town,
and Moriuchi's primary role was to photograph the "blowdown"
from several angles for Yorkshire-based NADC-member
Controlled Demolition Group, Ltd. (CDG).
Managing Director, Darren Palin, had recently signed
on with documentary producers for the creation of a
13-part television series on explosive demolition to
be broadcast on a British network, and Europe's busiest
structural blasting contractor then subcontracted Protec
for their expertise in photographing explosive events.
the team has worked on dozens of international TV programs
over the years, Protec typically performs multi-angle
documentation for "less sensational" reasons,
explained Moriuchi. "Our primary goal is to capture
a contractor's work in ways that will help allay the
concerns of local community leaders where new projects
are being proposed. After all, there's nothing quite
as reassuring as popping in a video containing a few
dozen similar implosions and simply saying, 'It will
look just like this.'" Moriuchi also noted that
the videotapes are occasionally relied upon to settle
performance disputes or damage allegations, and blasters
scrutinize the images as part of their internal performance
review process. "With five or six well-placed cameras,
we can help answer most questions rather quickly."