Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The UK's Rivers Trust uses our Em2 to protect people from floods.

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 Last winter England saw terrible flooding that has renewed concern over river and floodplain management in the UK and EU.

Parts of the UK saw the wettest January in history. 

The Rivers Trust is a key player in advancing knowledge and practice in this area; our Emriver Em2 was shown at its recent Spring Conference and featured in a well-done video news report by itv's Katie Hunter.

Flooded fields around the river Tone in Somerset. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA  (From The Guardian)
At the conference, floodplain managers from northeastern Europe and the UK discussed the ALFA initiative.  This EU-funded project aims to address increased climate-change-caused flooding in northeastern Europe.

Many thanks to Alistair Maltby (Rivers Trust Director - North) for letting us know about this coverage, and for his successful use of our model in this important role.

Our 2-meter Em2 models don't pay the bills at LRRD, but fulfill our mission to provide practical river models for education and outreach at a cost affordable to educators and non-profits.  Seeing them play this important role so well (in the able hands of Rivers Trust staff) makes us eager to get to work building more!

And speaking of building, this is a good opportunity to show Jim and Anna celebrating the shipment of our 200th model last month.

UPDATE:  June 26 Guardian article on UK flood infrastructure deficiencies.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Help us design a cart for the Emflume1.

We live in a shark-filled capitalist world where people steal designs, and the thousands of hours it took to make them.

So our design process has to be kept under wraps.  Usually.

Today I have a chance to reveal our design process and ask you for help!

Our Emflume1 --the result of five years of design effort -- was a big hit at ASEE 2014 last week.  We need a cart for it.  Design problems:

1.  The model should fit inside the cart for shipping protection and also for storage, which is a big deal for a lot of university departments. 

2.  We could build the cart from "80/20" extrusions.  Cool stuff we already use.  Or weld up an aluminum frame in-house.  Not much difference in cost.  Which would be best environmentally?  We might make 100 a year.

3. For the top and shelf, I'm considering Corian (we have a local fabricator); Starbord, HDPE, and other stuff.  Has to be very strong, zero-maintenance, and tolerate water.  The top is the toughest part of the design.

I've scoured the Internet for carts that meet our needs, and none do. 

LRRD's Jim Nation at ASEE 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA last week.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

ASEE in Indianapolis and so much other good stuff!

Buttons to celebrate 200.
Anna and Jim celebrate the hard-won move in to the Indiana Convention Center.
Me, Anna, and driver Jim Nation on the way to Indianapolis, Indiana and ASEE.  Great company!

 Bad news: this blog has been neglected.  Good news is we’ve been too busy to write about all the cool things LRRD’s doing.

We have a waiting list now on our Em2 models; they are selling faster than we can build them.

The first production Emflume1 units are finished; this was a huge job.   We have engaged gifted post-doc Wahid Rahman to work with me (Steve) and Kathryn Shulte Graham at Northeastern on a comprehensive curriculum to go with it.

We are working with Loligo Systems in Denmark to adapt their DPTV velocity measurement system to the Emflume1.

We’ve shipped our 200th Emriver model.

NOW we’re in Indianapolis for the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) conference.  Anna, Jim and I have just unpacked our truck.