Posted on Sep 16, 2014 in News
As you can imagine, summers are meant to be relaxing, slow moving kinds of things that you look back upon in December and say to yourself, 'Gee, that was a nice day...' It is only September, and I am already doing this!
On August 12 - 14 2014, I had the good fortune to attend a conference in Pismo Beach, California, where a number of the Seismic Instrumentation Nuclear Users Group (SINUG) met to discuss the hot topics of strong motion monitoring in various nuclear power plants throughout the continental United States. This was my first conference of this nature, and I found the folks to be quite welcoming - especially since I felt a little overwhelmed with some of the issues that they had to deal with on an ongoing basis.
I offered a presentation on our EEWS systems, ShakeAlarm. We had a good discussion about it, and as it turns out, ShakeAlarm can easily be deployed outside of given containment area allowing for operator to achieve an economical free field sensor system, without having to re-write their licenses and re-apply. A very valid solution to a very technically challenging problem. I cannot wait to see what next year holds in store for me!
We also made another friend - Tony at Kanpai Sushi!
Kanpai Tony-San - the dinners were fantastic!
Pismo Beach, California
Posted on Aug 27, 2014 in News
My apologies for being amiss; we have been through holiday's, conferences and meeting new friends.
I promise that, in a short while, I will provide some updates on what has been going on in detail, but for moment, I will say that I have spent some time in Washington State, with our ferries colleague; I made some new friends in Pismo Beach, California who are known as the Seismic Instrumentation Nuclear Users Group, or SINUG, and back up to Portland, Oregon to look at expanding the reach of ShakeAlarm and ShakeMonitor.
It has been a very busy month!
So I promise that my next blog post will be about SINUG; and how gracious these folks were to take me into their group, and what it was that I took away from the experience.
Ciao for now!
Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in News
We are currently enjoying a lovely summer; not much rain, lots of sun and most of our staff are taking holiday's all over the world this year - very exciting stuff!
Although I am not trying to make excuses for being a no show on the blog over the last couple of weeks, it does sound like I am. For this I am sorry and I will try and take more time and have an interesting post when I am not run ragged trying to keep everything moving forward, whilst we are down on resources.
Might throw in a picture or two as well :-)
Cheers! For now...
Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in News
As we are all well aware, our relationships with the people around us tend to shape how our lives unfold - positive, pro-social relationships are always much more pleasant to be involved in, with both work and play, rather than negative, soul sucking relationships that do nothing but bring you down, tax you emotionally and are generally more effort than chopping a cord of wood.
In business, I find similar type of relationship behaviors; we can tell the difference between when someone is using us to simply provide more paper for their requirements, versus folks that really want to develop an understanding of how our products function, and how they may in fact help these folks work better. I like to develop these kinds of relationships, for I am a believer that good relationships are the foundation of good business.
With the folks that use us, I suppose it is part of the course in business - I always treat everyone with the same respect; I like to believe in the good in people and that perhaps, after their requirements are met, maybe they will think about us for another job, later on. Maybe.
So up until the point where these folks of questionable intentions come back and buy an ADIS, Rockfall, or accelerometer, it just rolls of my back like water does to a duck.
Always respect those around you; you never know where (or how) it may come back and benefit (bite) you.
Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in News
We are very fortunate that at our new facility, we are right on the river. I don't mean this as we are 'close', I mean that 50' from our front door, there is the Fraser River.
We are exposed to all kinds of river traffic - barges, fishing vessels, all kinds of tugs; and more recently, personal watercraft and some very impressive motor yachts. This type of traffic (particularly when it gets warmer here in the otherwise 'arctic' west coast...) is a real delight to see on the water - it makes one want to go to it...
We are busily working away with the development of ADIS v. 7 - which is a draft system like no other. I know this because I have been researching the competition a fair bit lately, and although their products are interesting, they do not come close to us in reliability, ease of installation or features.
Now what we really would like to do is set up a berth and have vessels and barges brought to our front door for servicing of ADIS!
About a year ago, a containership, the MOL Comfort, broke in two and sank in the Indian Ocean. The theory of the structural failure seems to be revolving around the idea that the vessel was in fact overloaded prior to its departure, and as a result in rough seas, the vessel broke in two, spent a week at the surface, then sank.
ADIS would have identified the 'sagging' of the hull prior to departure, had the vessel been so equipped. In a six sensor system, such as the one we use for container type vessels, (and barges and platforms), we are able to provide enough measurement resolution that we can accurately control load down to the last pound - something no other draft system on the planet can do - and something that we are finding operators are more and more interested in.
ADIS 7 is an evolution - and evolution in safety, communications and reliability; all key factors in the continued operations of large vessels.
Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in News
On July 1 2014 a new law came into effect in Canada prohibiting the mass emailing of folks you don't know. Canada was apparently at the bottom of the global list of anti-spam legislation prior to the Law coming into action on July 1. A big, bold move by our government to protect us little folks for the evils of spamming.
So over the last couple of weeks, I have been taking advantage of 'removing' myself from email list when a multitude of companies have been emailing me, asking to 'accept' this email in order to be kept abreast of news, products and generally useless information. Some of these emails have even gone so far as to quote the now in effect law and how none of these companies do not want to be in breach, fined, etc.
So despite me punching the 'no thank you' button on all of these emails, guess how many have taken me off their email lists?
What effective legislation we have in place to protect us from the evils of spam...
Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in News
Friday, here now and again in a week.
This Friday is of particular interest to us here in Canada, it represents the beginning to our weekend. On Monday, we will have another Friday because Tuesday is our National Holiday, 'Canada Day'.
This is closely followed by the American Independence Day Celebrations on Friday the 4th of July, but in fact, Thursday will act as another Friday for the Americans.
Now, a quick jump across the Pacific and into Hong Kong reveals that Monday is in fact a Friday for them, since Tuesday is Establishment Day in Hong Kong. I wonder if they treat Tuesday as a Sunday.
Coming back to North America we gain a day - in which case, I would think you would want to travel on a Friday and arrive on a Friday - double Friday. Nice, especially if you can survive the jet lag associated with living 48 hours in a single day.
Now on Saturday it is the first day of Ramadan. Now we in North America see a Saturday, but I am curious if Muslims see this as a relaxing type of day, especially since no one is eating during daylight hours.
I think the point I am trying to make is that everyone sees the end of the week in different ways; we just want you to make it back next week, healthy and ready to move into another week - albeit much less confusing than this one has been.
However your Friday works, have fun, it`s the weekend!
Posted on Jun 26, 2014 in News
Just a quick note to let everyone know that www.facebook.com/shakealarm is up and running!
We are hoping to build this into an online resource that is of assistance to everyone that lives in a high risk earthquake zone.
More to come!
Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in News
Yesterday, a 7.9 earthquake hit an island in the Aleutians called Little Sitkin Island. A wave was generated, but not big enough to do any damage, alarms were sounded for this, the largest earthquake recorded in the United States for many many years.
Hopping over to Google Earth shows that Little Sitkin is truly way out in the middle of nowhere - the earthquake actually occurred in the straights between between Little Sitkin and Semisopochnoi Island, close to the middle of Pratt Basin.
It does not look like anyone really lives in the 'Rat Islands', but the appears to be a couple of dirt landing strips, and not much else. No need for a ShakeAlarm; but I suppose it must have been a wild ride for anyone that was around when the shaking was going on!
This is yet another stark reminder that for those of us that live on the Pacific Rim, earthquakes are a part of our life, and will be until the end of time. So are we prepared? I have water, canned food and blankets - things we will need in the event of a large destructive quake, but what about the rest of the community? Apparently BC has some of the worst disaster preparedness communities in the country, and next to Alberta's floods last year, we in BC, are likely going to be the worst naturally occurring disaster in the recorded history of North America - not a title I am looking forward to receiving.
So what do we do? We communicate. What do the majority of the population do? They wait, and hope it isn't going to happen in their lifetime.
In the meantime, I suggest building your own earthquake survival pack at a minimum; and go, spend some time in learning about how susceptible we are to a large earthquake on the West Coast, and what could really happen when the Big One gets us.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing; but it could easily save your life.
Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in News
There is a lot of chat lately about 'being sustainable'; allow me to give you our take on this.
A number of our solutions where the RCF(TM) logo, as seen below. We spent a lot of time developing this mark, and allow me to give a definition here:
'A Reduced Carbon Footprint vessel/vehicle or system is one that has been re-engineered from it's original form to perform more efficiently and have less environmental impact than it did when it originally went into service'.
So with our ADIS (Automatic Draft Indicator System) equipped vessels, any vessel so equipped with ADIS, ADIS can be used to optimize trim, thereby reducing fuel burn; under the RCF(TM) definition, this ADIS equipped vessel is qualified as a 'Reduced Carbon Footprint Vessel'.
Most sustainable; very cutting edge.
Here at Weir-Jones strive to make every one of our systems qualify for a RCF designation.
We understand that you will only ever reach a sustainable plateau, if you do the footwork to get there - like anything in life, if you don't put the time in, don't be surprised as the world passes you by.