Weir-Jones.com Blog http://www.weir-jones.com/blog.php The Weir Jones Group was founded in 1971 to provide specialized structural and geomechanical monitoring and testing services to the resource and transportation sectors. The Company's capabilities subsequently expanded in the areas of data processing and testing system design, the application of this expertise has been extended considerably, notably in the fields of structural integrity monitoring for heavy structural, energy and offshore systems. The Company has its headquarters in Vancouver and has been active in projects in 55 countries. The Company has maintained branch offices in St. John's, Newfoundland; Fort McMurray, Alberta; and Oakville, Ontario. Typically more than 90% of the Company's projects incorporate elements of system design, data acquisition, system planning, data collection, analysis, and redesign. Clients typically retain the Company on a project basis in order to characterize a problem, develop a solution, and evaluate its effectiveness. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:43:16 GMT en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.1 Article written in Innovation about our ShakeAlarm EEWS http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=181 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=181#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:43:16 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=181 An article, written by our Principal and Head Seismologist!

Enjoy!

 

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RockFall continuing to make progress! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=180 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=180#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 22:49:55 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=180 Hi All!

Sorry we have been amiss as of late, but we have been busy!

We have installed another three RockFall systems in the last couple months, and repaired on that was damaged by vandals. These systems are currently going through their assessment and set up cycles and we are expecting all of them to be fully operational by the end of the month. It's a very exciting time, especially when you consider how long the road has been to get to a commercialized system!

We are also making in roads with our new product, QuakeMonitor - used for monitoring induced seismicity during fracking operations. We will advise more soon, but we are hoping to get a few systems out this year, despite the dismal performance of oil.

This is all for now.

 

Cheers!

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Certificate of Recognition (Safety) Obtained http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=177 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=177#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:40:07 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=177 Hi All,

 

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we have obtained or Certificate of Recognition (Safety) from Enform in Canada.

This means that we meet the high standards of Enform in our office and field operations - it has been an extremely steep learning curve for us, but the HSE team has come together and pulled it out of the hat!

Everyone that has worked with us in the past, and will in the future, can be content that not only do we take care of our own, but we look after you as well!

Cheers for now!

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RockFall.ca is up and running! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=176 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=176#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:06:10 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=176 Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note,  www.rockfall.ca is up and running; we will be adding some more White Papers and extras as we progress, and will be tying it to RockFall Facebook page as well.

Props out to IG Web Design for keeping everything looking fine and consistent with all of our other marketing materials! 

Will be back soon; hope everyoone is enjoying the summer!

 

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More on ShakeAlarm http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=175 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=175#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:38:08 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=175 Hi All;

First, I must apologize - I am the worst blogger in the world. I have thought about seeing if someone would like to blog on my behalf, but the truth is, only I can blog in my voice.

ShakeAlarm® is exploding all over the West Coast; just last week we did a presentation in Seattle and folks there are looking at deploying systems in Seattle, and around the Puget Sound. It is a very exciting time because we are the only commercially proven EEWS out of Canada, and most of the United States.

We have expanded ShakeAlarm®s sales net too - we now have representation on Vancouver Island, and through our American partners out of Oregon.

Remember, come visit us at www.shakealarm.com and give us a 'like' at www.facebook.com/shakealarm

Our Facebook page is already 800 likes strong and growing on a daily basis!

Again, I apologize for being such a horrid blogger - I will attempt to do better.

Ciao for now!

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shakealarm.com http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=171 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=171#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:38:20 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=171 Hello All!

Apologies for being somewhat distant, we have been really busy putting together all this new and good stuff!

First off; www.facebook.com/shakealarm is up and running - and if I may be so bold, having some pretty fantastic results! We have already eclipsed 300 likes and are growing by 10 -12 likes a day!

Second, www.shakealarm.com is getting a whole bunch of new documentation, case studies and questionnaires! Be sure to go and check it out!

And finally, Oregons first earthquake early warning system (ShakeAlarm) has been installed in a brand new building, called the Radiator Building; very cool, be sure to check out http://www.onenorthpdx.com/links

And once more, my apologies - I will try and be a better blogger!

Take care for now!

Cheers!

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Happy New Year; Goodbye Old Year! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=113 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=113#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:35:13 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=113 Hello All!

It is upon us once again - the end, and the beginning, over one second at midnight, tonight.

We have had a fascinating year - a fire last December postponed our move in until the latter part of February, And the contractors have just finished refinishing the finishing work they did before the fire!

But these are the things that make us stronger, wiser and want to get up in the morning. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. It's not easy, and in fact, sometimes you just want to throw your hands up in utter frustration and walk away. We don't do this. We buckle down and ready ourselves for the next challenge; no matter how big, or small - we are ready.

So what did we learn from the fire? It is better not to have them for one, but more to the point, it really brought our team together to assist with the move and the rush to over come the flooded building, the damaged walls and all of the soot.

But I learned something more - I realized that everyone that works here with us, wants to be here and wants to succeed, no matter what the adversity may be.

And that makes me a very proud member of the team.

We would like to wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year, and we look forward to seeing where 2015 takes us!

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Christmas Party Lunch! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=112 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=112#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:12 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=112 Hi All!

Thank all of our folks who were up in the cold north for the last 5 weeks!  Now that everyone is back, we plan to celebrate Christmas with everyone at our annual lunch!  And then, everyone will go and shop until they drop!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Corefirst and Weir-Jones sign aggrement to promote ShakeAlarm in the United States http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=109 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=109#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:36:51 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=109 Corefirst, http://corefirst-seismic-upgrade-system.com/ , has just entered into an agreement with Weir-Jones to promote our EEW system, ShakeAlarm, http://www.shakealarm.com into a number of markets in the United States.

Corefirst's unique, patented design allows for a cost effective solution in the world of seismic refits in Zone 1 earthquake areas, when the option of building new structures is not viable. This design allows for people to seek shelter within a structure if the Weir-Jones ShakeAlarm only allows for a few seconds of early warning.

We are of the opinion that by combining a structural solution, along with an EEWS, we are in a much better place to save lives, minimize damage to infrastructure and recover more quickly from a significant seismic event.

Corefirst and Weir-Jones - your total EEWS and structural solution.

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On using CAV and OBE in seismic monitoring of nuclear power plant http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=108 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=108#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:38:17 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=108 Operating basis earthquake ground motion (OBE) is the ground motion for which those features of the NPP necessary for continued operation without undue risk to the health and safety of the public will remain functional (NRC Regulations, Appendix S to Part 50—Earthquake Engineering Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants). The operating basis earthquake ground motion is only associated with plant shutdown and inspection unless specifically selected by the applicant as a design input. Parameters of the OBE are estimated on the basis of integrated geologic, geophysical, and geotechnical investigations.

The USNRC (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1997) uses standardized CAV (cumulative absolute velocity) as one of the ground motion measures to determine whether a nuclear power plant must be shut down after an earthquake when the OBE ground motion is exceeded. Standardized CAV (EPRI 2006) is used in conjunction with response-spectral acceleration and velocity, and is a measure of a potential damage. CAV is calculated from the acceleration time history using integral formula by means of the standardized procedure (EPRI 2006).

For OBE exceedance to occur, the recommended criterion requires exceedance of both a response spectrum parameter and a damage parameter, referred to as CAV.

Weir-Jones, and our manufacturing arm Terrascience, has been maturing with the nuclear industry for many years. We have many of our analog seismic monitoring systems out, all over the world, and they run as well today, as they did when they were installed. we have, of course, grown with the industry as well, and this is shown in the evolution of our equipment for analog beginnings to pure digital accelerometers, recorders and software.

The above note outlines the criteria we have deployed in our acquisition software, AUTOTAR, to accommodate the required CAV measurements that all operating nuclear power plants (NPP) rely on for continued safe operation. We are very excited to see our clients update their analog systems to full on digital systems with our new software packages. Most exciting indeed!

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It has been BUSY! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=107 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=107#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:37:19 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=107 Greetings!

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

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Back in town! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=105 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=105#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:39:10 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=105 Hello everyone!

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!

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Bloggin' is a challenge at times http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=104 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=104#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:25:12 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=104 Hello all!

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...

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Relationships http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=103 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=103#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:22:55 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=103 Hello All!

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.

 

Cheers!!!

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'Tis the season to go boating... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=101 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=101#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:20:47 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=101 Hello all!

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.

 

Cheers!!!

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The SPAM law http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=100 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=100#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:18:05 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=100 Hey everyone!

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?

None.

What effective legislation we have in place to protect us from the evils of spam...

 

Cheers!!!

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Friday http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=99 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=99#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:23:09 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=99 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!

 

Cheers!

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ShakeAlarm.com Facebook page up and running! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=98 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=98#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:15:41 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=98 Hi all!

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!

 

Cheers!

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7.9 earthquake hits Alaska http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=97 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=97#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:56:16 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=97 Hi All!

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.

 

Cheers!

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Being sustainable http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=96 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=96#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:20:54 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=96 Hello All!

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.

 

Cheers!

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A new week, a new perspective http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=94 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=94#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:18:00 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=94 Hello All!

This week, we are expecting one of our RockFall Systems to go live; we are looking at a piece of track up the valley and we are very excited about this too! It has been a busy June with www.shakealarm.com going live last week, and now the commissioning of a system is just about finished, we are very excited!

Also exciting is that summer is just around the corner, and after the horrid winter we all suffered through in Canada this year, a warm, sunny summer is in order.

Accelerometer production is going full swing; we have loads on the shelves, so don't be a stranger and source all your strong motion recorders and measurement devices from us!

Also on the boil - ELF and GNOME are coming back! More on that once we get through the next week; actually, a lot is happening in the next week.

 

Ciao for now!

 

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www.shakealarm.com is live! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=93 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=93#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:41:26 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=93 Hi All!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that www.shakealarm.com is live!

ShakeAlarm is a cost efficient Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS) that we have deployed throughout the lower mainland, and up the Fraser Valley.

We plan on expanding the 'News' section on the ShakeAlarm site to keep everyone in BC up to date with this state of the art technology.

Many thanks to Brendan at IG Web Designs for continuing to make everything look AWESOME!

 

Cheers!

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Hey good lookin'!!! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=92 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=92#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:01:43 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=92 So, here I was, meeting a client at a structural monitoring location, you know, just business as normal, and then this bird starts making this huge fuss, carrying on, showing me its feathers and running around in circles.

My associate, as tactful as ever, says 'Be sure to buy it a drink first...'

And I say... 'Of course, but I think there is something else going on here'. So I look around and take this picture:

 

Obviously, it wasn't really interested in a date with me, but I was flattered none the less.

But this is also a valuable lesson to those of us that intrude in nature: whether we are structural monitoring, using accelerometers of listening or watching for strong motion, all these little things are in our path, and I think we will feel better about it if we try not to disturb or upset them!

 

Cheers!

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Large Hole http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=89 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=89#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 23:53:46 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=89 And here is a picture of a very large hole I found in the middle of Arizona:

 

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A voyage through the Western United States http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=88 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=88#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 16:48:15 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=88 Hello all!

We are just back from a six State, 5000 km (3000 miles for our Imperialist friends...) run down to Scottsdale Arizona and back again, after of course we finished showing accelerometers and strong motion recorders at the Nuclear Energy Assembly. It was quite an eye opening experience.

As it turns out, there hasn't been a lot of movement in that industry for 30 years or so; no one has built plants in North America, and no plants have really been hiring a lot of people until lately. So, this has created a large gap between the guys who are retiring, and the new guard that are just coming online - it was fascinating to listen to the stories, and the air was electrified (no pun intended...) with new technologies, new ideas, and very forward thinking folks that appear to be really driven to shine.

All told, we made some new friends that I hope will remain so for many years to come.

Now, did anyone know that when you drive into Nevada, go through Vegas, and then head north to Reno that you drive by Area 51 for about 300 miles???!!! Nor did I, and I was most unhappy that our American friends did not have any aliens on display for us to see, except for a weird shop in the middle of nowhere, which seemed somewhat suspect and not government sanctioned:


 

Needless to say, the green guy on the storefront was the only alien-y thing we saw.

I will have more on this trip in coming posts!

Cheers!

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Back from a trip to Arizona! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=87 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=87#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 18:55:58 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=87 Hi All!

I am back from a whirlwind trip down into the States to create awareness of our accelerometers and their uses!

There will be more from me, but seeing as though it is Sunday, it will have to wait until tomorrow!

Cheers!

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The last week... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=85 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=85#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 16:47:35 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=85 Hello everyone!

Apologies for being amiss last week; I was taken out of the office last week a little abruptly, so blame me.

AGS has made a showing in the Pipeline and Gas Journal; more can be seen here: http://pipelineandgasjournal.com/april-2014-new-products

We are gearing up to go down to our next show in Scottsdale Arizona, to show Shake Alarm, Shake Monitor and our line of accelerometers - they were well received in Alaska, so we are hoping to keep the momentum going down in Arizona!

We are also actively pursuing new business for our Rockfall system in both Eastern Canada and Europe - busy busy busy! It sure will be nice to have more exposure on this state of the art system.

So I will effort to be more vigilant in my writing of this blog; and I am sorry for the dip last week!

Cheers!

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The last couple of days... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=84 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=84#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 22:29:06 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=84 So, hello all!

The last couple of days has been consumed with trying to get all of our testing gear organized and put away; our two resident worker girls, Sam and Marianne, did a spectacular job of handling a whole wack of testing gear, steal and various other odds and sods.

Lincoln and Iain are still up in Alaska; bringing accelerometer goodness to many folks all throughout North America.

And I am going to take my Ma out for dinner with my girlfriend.

Yes, a successful and productive week. See you all next week!

Cheers!

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2014 Seismological Society of America http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=81 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=81#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:26:42 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=81 Hello everyone!

Lincoln has just gone up to Alaska to man a booth at the SSA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Iain will be joining him tomorrow; it should prove to be a good show - our accelerometer production is back into full swing and we are eager to expose everyone to our top of the line instrumentation packages! And recorders... and most importantly, our Radiation Hardened Enclosures for use in the Nuclear Industry. Very trick stuff.

Taken from their website:

SSA’s 2014 Annual Meeting will provide a stimulating exchange of research on a wide range of topics with colleagues from all over the world. Oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, field trips, business meetings and social gatherings all provide participants the opportunity to meet and share with their peers.

That sounds pretty exciting - all this brain power in one place!

Cheers!

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Open House a Success!!! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=78 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=78#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:30:52 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=78 Hello All!

Back from a spectacular weekend after a phenomenally successful Open House last Friday!

Kim and Christoph from Brisco Manufacturing (the folks who manufactured our flooring system) gave an AWESOME presentation about the LVL product, and Iain from Weir-Jones also made a few comments to all who were here!

Perry and Chris, our resident finishing carpenters, put a big effort on in order to get the front reception area done, and it looks great!

We also got the opportunity to meet Brendan Reilly, our web/marketing designer - at last! He proved to be as affable in person as he has been over the phone for the last year +; we hope he will stay on with us and continue to produce these very attractive pieces for marketing!

The caterers were lovely, and one of the shrimp wraps attacked me and stained my shirt - about the only fail we suffered. The caterers remedied the shirt with soda water and beer - beer for me, soda for the shirt!

And, we got an opportunity to showcase of Earth Quake Early Warning System, Shake Alarm - this amused a couple of kids as we had them try to 'induce' a seismic event in the building, then showed them how the accelerations were being captured on the monitor, lots of good fun!

All told, it was a great event, and only the beginning to the weekend...!

Cheers!

 

(And it would appear I have figured out how to post pictures...!)

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One more oughta do it... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=80 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=80#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:56:05 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=80 Ok, this post should be suffcient to correct my failings in being able to post a picture.

Cheers!

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Sorry for the picture problem below... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=79 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=79#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:54:47 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=79 As it so happens, it would appear my picture osting abilities are requiring a little more honing before I should be let loose on the internet.

My apologies, for this - it now makes more sense top me where there was a 'sizing' option.

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Open House Day! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=77 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=77#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:35:15 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=77 Hi Everyone!

Today marks our open house, and us being moved in 'officially' after the fire!

We are working with Brisco Manufacturing to showcase our AWESOME LVL interior and floor!

We are expecting to see 150 people through here today, and if I can ever figure out how to post pictures, we will. This whole blog thing is taking a little bit to get used to... For example, I find myself being hyper sensitive to spelling mistakes.

Soooo, if we don't see you here today, have a great weekend and we will see you soon!

Cheers!

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6.7 magnitude quake recorded on the NW corner of Vancouver Island... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=76 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=76#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:08:03 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=76 Hey everyone!

Just to let everyone know, our Earthquake Early Warning systems deployed throughout Vancouver captured last nights event!

Our system at the George Massey Tunnel captured the seismic data, but did not shut down the tunnel because there was not enough energy to meet the acceleration requirements of the Shake Alarm in order for the Shake Alarm to shut the tunnel down - no damage done!

It does bring to mind one question: Are we really ready for the Big One?

And blow we have a little more info and the plots on the quake! If it was a danger to us, we would have had 35 seconds warning, to close gates, leave buildings, shut down gas and electricty - lets hear it for technology!

Cheers!

 

Location of the quake: 49.846 N 127.444 W depth=11.4 km

Magnitude: 6.6

Local time at the epicenter: 20:10:12, April 24, 2014

 

Time of P-wave arrival at GMT: 20:11:15

P-S time difference: ~35 s

Epicentral distance: ~325 km

 

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Chocolate, and other wreckers of diets http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=75 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=75#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:20:10 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=75 So you made it! Good to see, so did we! I always remember when I was a child that this time of the years was punctuated by two things: 1) Chocolate, I could never get enough of it, and 2) brunch at the hotel Vancouver.

Now, for some reason, I am no longer eating chocolate. I am also somewhat detached from Brunch. It would appear that my body is no longer able to process 7000 calories in a single sitting (I wonder why...), so I have had to find new ways to entertain myself. I have done - The Blog.

Now, instead of wondering how tasty things are, I ponder to application of monitoring equipment on structures, pipelines, boats and the like; I am fully convinced I have simply swapped the chocky for the worky... I suppose things could be worse.

So here we are, fresh off a weekend with our family and friends; days filled with food (and chocolate...) and company - as it should have been.

We, off course, hope our associates, clients and friends had an equally pleasant times with their respective families, and have not suffered the 'Chocolate Coma'...

Big week for us; our open house is at the end of the week, and we have just received of SAM approval (the ability to bid on American jobs) - which we hope will increase our exposure to American markets.

 

Yes, busy it is, busier it will be!

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The last Thursday... http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=74 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=74#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:45:05 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=74 The last Thursday before the long weekend... how very nice! This weekend is actually a weekend you can plan to go and not be rushed, or constantly thinking about having to go back home.

Some folks think that the May long weekend is the historical kickoff to summer; we on the west coast like to think of this weekend as our gateway to paradise - even if it does rain for two more months. Ah yes, rain - punctuated by bunnies and chocolate, but only for this weekend!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and that we will see everyone healthy, happy and full of chocolate next week!

 

Cheers!

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Torquers, torquers, torquers...! http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=73 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=73#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:40:25 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=73 Accelerometers... single, dual or tri axial - we make them, we service them, we ship them worldwide; and we are very proud of that fact.

Production is just ramping up again (after the move), but we will continue to support our clients in the nuclear, heavy construction and property markets. Property you say? Well yes, our Shake Monitor product is primarily used to monitor long term settlement, pre/post incident auditing and reporting, and is basically a proven system for monitoring structures. Very neat stuff!

We hope that Rudy, Rhoda and Sam can continue to tweak production as they have been doing!

Very soon Iain and Lincoln are going up to Anchorage Alaska to attend a conference to showcase these products and our technical capabilities.

 

Oh, it is going to be a very busy summer!

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Bloggin' http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=72 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=72#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:45:07 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=72 So here I am blogging away - day 2.

Funny how the move, which was pretty chaotic, is now settling down into a really nice place to work! We had our friend Ruxtin (super sweet doggy) in yesterday and he was delighted that everyone was giving him cookies; so much so that Michael had to secure Ruxtin so he wouldn't go and chase the ever elusive cookie!

And eventually, Gil and Colin will have the entire Shop Area ready so we do not have to dig around through 40+ years of stuff!!! An organized world is a good world!

The new ShakeAlarm™ is up and running at our new facility down by the river - tirelessly looking for the precursor P-Wave that arrives before the earthquake does; this gives us time to escape the building prior to the earthquake shaking our fillings out. Other areas we are developing markets for our Earthquake Early Warning Systems are Alaska, Oregon, California and Puerto Rico - we will have more on this later.

Carpentry continues with the new reception area just about finished - many thanks to Perry for this!

And seeing it is only Tuesday, I'll save a bit more for later in the week.

Cheers.

 

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Back from Rail Safety 2014 in Orlando Florida http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=71 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=71#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:52:18 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=71 Hello All!

Our first (of many to come...) blog post!

As you can imagine, Orlando, from Canada, at this time of the year is quite a pleasant change - especially considering how cold Canada has been over this last winter!

But this, was just the beginning.

Rail Safety 2014 opened our eyes to the many possibilities available to us from the rail industry. This year, our first at the conference, allowed us to discuss our RockFall™ system with attendees, however, we will have to wait until next year before we get an opportunity to present.

As a result of this conference for us, we will be able apply some of our proven technology to the market of rail in a way we had never really considered. We look forward to what this next year will hold; keep watching our website for these exciting updates, and keep reading here for many more entries.

And hopefully, in short order I will be able to post in a more fluid manner - blogging is something new to me; please bear with me.

Cheers.

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News Release http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=68 http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=68#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:16:29 GMT admin http://www.weir-jones.com/blog_article.php?pid=68 Vancouver engineering firm moving to new environmentally friendly quarters

VANCOUVER, B.C. (January 16, 2014) –The Weir-Jones Group, a 43-year-old Vancouver engineering organization,is to move into an energy efficient, state-of-the-art building in South Vancouver on Jan. 31.

The building, owned and outfitted by Weir-Jones, is located on riverfront property at 598 East Kent South.  Since 1994, the company has been located at 2040 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, B.C.

"Continuing growth of our operations, particularly the remote, real-time, monitoring of critical infrastructure, interactivesoftware solutions, and the development of innovative services and systems, necessitated the move,” said president and founder Iain Weir-Jones, noting that the building will be the company’s hub for collection of data from structural integrity monitoring systems deployed for their clients around the world. These include oil and gas pipelines, and transportation links equipped with Weir-Jones’ sensing and warning systems.

Weir-Jones, which has a satellite office in Fort McMurray, develops innovative and sustainable real-time engineering solutions for global clients in the transportation, resource, civil construction, marine and defense industries.

The Company’s proprietary products include the Seismic Rock Fall Detection System, SRFDS™, deployed by railway operators in various countries to provide warning of potentially dangerous debris falls to railway tracks, and the Automated Draught Indicator System, ADIS™, a draught measurement system for ships, which eliminates the need for hull penetrations. TheADIS™ technology enhances operational safety and can also be used to improve operating efficiency by reducing fuel consumption.The Distant Reading Acquisition Module,DRAM™, monitors the integrity of oil and gas pipelines;ShakeAlarm®, a cost-effective, highly reliable Earthquake Early Warning System,EEWS, provides critical minutes or seconds of warning to minimize loss of life and assets; and the Automated Greasing System,AGS™,isan intelligent lubrication system created for submerged pumps working in extreme conditions,which can also be deployed on large mobile construction equipment.

"The new facilities incorporate a state-of-the art telecommunication infrastructure that permits clients to view the condition of their assets, be they pipelines, railways or industrial infrastructure in a secure, real-time environment,” said Weir-Jones. “It will give us space to grow and provide the tools that will enable us to continue to serve existing customers and new clients."

Weir-Jones’ new two-storey office will provide 25,000 square feet of space. Theinternal structure has been constructed using Brisco Fine LineTM, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) manufactured by Brisco Manufacturing Ltd. of Brisco, B.C.This is an innovative application of the LVL material, and the building has already attracted the attention of a number of architects and engineers, as well as technical delegations from Asia. There is great interest in this unique B.C. product, which solves a range of environmental, structural and aesthetic requirements.

All columns, beams, flooring, ceilings, walls and stairs in the building’s interior are made fromDouglas Fir LVL sourced in southeastern B.C. The LVL product is unique for its combination of stability, strength and its ability to be prefabricated into beams up to 20 metres in length. The offices and the associated facilities comply with thenewASHRAE energy efficiency guidelines.


For more information, please contact Randy Ray, publicist for The Weir-Jones Group at: (613) 425-3873 or (613) 816-3873 or by email at: randy.ray@weir-jones.com

 

About The Weir-Jones Group

For more than four decades The Weir-Jones Group has offered innovative and sustainable engineering solutions that maintain a green and safe ecosystem in Canada and around the world.   The oil and gas industry creates jobs and produces economic momentum with the potential to rescue nations from economic turmoil; however the industry’s activities can leave an environmental footprint that could last for decades and negatively impact future generations. The Weir-Jones Group works hard to increase public awareness and develop engineering solutions that can help avoid decisions that can have disastrous consequences for the planet. For more information, please visit: www.weir-jones.com

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