Monday, April 27, 2015

UAV to deliver aid in Syria

This group uses the same UAV airframe that I bought a year ago from Johnny at team legit.
Its being used for a good use to bring aid into Syria. The BBC video is worth a watch. The group has a non profit called the Syria Airlift Project.

My current project Talon fixed wing has a Pixhawk flight controller, a downward facing Canon sx260, and wing extensions.  I'm still deciding if I want to run a large 4s or 3s battery.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The 3D printer in a lab.

Dr. Steve Kurti's TTinvent allowed our lab to borrow his Afinia 3D printer for 2 months. In that time, we printed many useful things for the lab and the ideas keep coming!

Here are a few of the successful prints we made:

Links on Thingiverse:
A clamp for the microscope
A centrifuge tube holder
Pipette rack

A clamp to turn a 1967 microscope into a digital microscope!
A centrifuge tube holder!
Finally! A cuvette holder for that old HACH spectrophotometer.
Many pipette holders.
Octopus Surprise Attack!

Global Site for IWRM: Integrated Water Resources Management

The Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) of the Coachella Valley was a complicated process. A single water user would have a hard time jumping in and making sense of it all. There are resources for Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) to use, but most people would require advocates or a third party to interpret all of the "IRWMPese".  How can this process be simplified to truly advocate with the DACs?

The IRWMP process offered me a glimpse of the vast landscape we created for our unique drinking water delivery system and wastewater management system in California. The website for the Coachella Valley IRWMP says it all. There are a huge amount of drafts, presentations, participant lists, budgets and maps. Keep in mind that this is for only the Coachella Valley region ( about 5 water districts).

My experience with the IRWMP was summarized in a  report on their website:  That report is referred to as an appendix and is on page 127 of that appendix PDF.  Our report and work contributed to more of the reports in the DAC section. Our work with the "Non-Profits" El Sol and Pueblo Unido is described in that DAC section. Those non-profits are the key to any single water user's understanding of the process and should be the first resource.

The California IRWMP process is large and  unnecessarily complicated for the smallest of communities. California isn't alone in the IRWMP tedium. It's a public process that has evolved over time and is internationally known. The World Bank and WHO have sites on it and there is now a global movement to better understand and advocate for the disadvantaged.  The Global Water Partnership has a great optimistic definition of the process:

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.

What we experienced in the Coachella Valley is no different from what goes on internationally. The GWP is a good resource to gain external perspective on our own internal processes. They have a road map of sorts and help us understand this necessary .....process.

Friday, April 3, 2015


3D printed glasses from thing 22128. I modded them to say "Career Services"