Vince's conference talk
October 1, 2009 at 2:02 am #1070
I was not at the conference but sent a video to be played. I have a couple experiments and a new proposal with some fun animation.
— VinceOctober 1, 2009 at 2:05 am #7914October 1, 2009 at 4:25 am #7916
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Interesting. Thanks for posting that.October 1, 2009 at 9:32 am #7918
I missed the conference but really like engineering and experimental results. What did people see in the way of interesting engineering ideas? Were any other experimental results shown?
— VinceOctober 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm #7921
Great project, Vince.
If you figure out how to mass-produce those things, I’m sure you could make big bucks selling them. I think some people would want little floating getaway houses. There’s definitely a market for those, especially if you could manufacture them cheaply enough.October 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm #7925DanB wrote:
Great project, Vince.
If you figure out how to mass-produce those things, I’m sure you could make big bucks selling them. I think some people would want little floating getaway houses. There’s definitely a market for those, especially if you could manufacture them cheaply enough.
Ya, I think so. One of the nice things about the design is all the beams are 40 foot or less. So you could make a kit that fit into a container so you could ship it anywhere. The buoys would be inflated, either air or foam. And the house walls could be bolted on and together.
There are lots of semi-protected waters that are too wavy for a liveaboard boat but where this could be used.
— VinceOctober 2, 2009 at 5:41 am #7931
Man, I’d love to give a run down of everything that everyone went over but it was a long two days and I couldn’t be in both rooms all the time… I did focus on mainly the engineering related presentations though so here’s some of what I remember:
1) Dominique Roddier from MI&T went over the ClubStead design, mentioning why they used cables instead of trusses (lightweight), heave plates (more buoyancy per vertical height) and also that the structure lifetime was determined by designing the structure and adding 1 mm of steel thickness per 3 years (this probably only applies to the location they were working with, I doubt all the world’s oceans have the same rate of corrosion). Also had videos of computer simulations of ClubStead during expected operating conditions and during 100 year storm
2) Eelco went over his ideas for smaller level stationary seasteads and why he didn’t recommend mobility for smaller seasteads. I’d rather let him explain it though since he’s a member on the forums and doesn’t need me interpreting his ideas (maybe he could post some of the pictures from his presentation… hint hint wink wink).
3) Jeff Chan had a presentation on seastead structures and went over the seadrome concept (can’t remember the rest of the presentation very well, sorry but it was a long two days)… see above, he can explain it himself if he wants.
4) Lasse went over his very practical plans for incremental seasteading on boats in the baltic… again, see above.
5) Your (vincecate’s) video was shown. I’m pretty sure anyone reading this has already seen it. I don’t remember anything else similar to it as in “here’s an actual prototype floating on the water,” atleast not in the presentations I watched.
6) Not exactly a seastead design, but the guy from Planktos (Russ George) was there and talked about his project to trap CO2 while rejuvinating the oceans by dumping properly treated iron into the ocean (it being the limiting factor in plankton growth). Just thought I’d mention it because it was interesting and tech. related.
7) A whole bunch of other presentations on technical aspects that I missed, like Kevin Overman’s on current ocean construction projects. Again, sorry but I couldn’t make everything. Hoping the conference videos caught the rest.
That’s a recap of what I saw during the conference, if you want more detail just ask and I’ll see what I can remember. As far as down to earth, DIY seastead design, Eelco’s seemed the most relevant. Again, apologies if I left anyone’s ideas from the conference out, or butchered their ideas in my description. Will post again if I remember other stuff.October 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm #7932
Thanks very much for those summaries! Wish I could have been there.
I started a wiki page where people can put their talks. Can others here put their talks on the wiki?
And I look forward to the video of the conference.
Update: Seems a space at the end of that URL was messing it up.October 7, 2009 at 6:03 am #8018
Thanks Vince. I added links to the two talks I gave on the page you created. One talk is about Seadrome. The other is about Heathian Anarcho-capitalism.October 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm #8028
Your video was aired at the conference; saw it there, and liked it!
Im working on putting together a document that will describe my current state of thinking on small scale seasteads; basically a more elaborate textual version of what i was talking about at the conference. I aim at having a first version online at the end of this week.
There were a few people with relevant engineering experience at the conference; i chatted with them for a bit about my ideas. I was kindof affraid theyd be able to shoot major holes in it, but they were all enthusiastic to various degrees.
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