Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Teaching and Training, Engineering and Business Considerations

I'm writing a leachate pumping plant specification, putting a new layer on the oil spill response tool, and writing any number of courses, including a fairly hands-on week on environmental monitoring for the oil industry.

Things are going well with the Indians, we are progressing through an initial phase of optimising what is there already with encouraging results. It may however now be that we are approaching the limits not just of what those particular bits of kit will do, but what that particular technology will do. It might be time to get a little more radical.

The US job is in a peculiar state of limbo, with a signed contract and promises of money on its way into our account which never seems to materialise. I'm glad I asked for upfront payment!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Keeping Busy

I've picked up quite a bit of teaching for the forthcoming term at Loughborough and both Nottingham unis, as well being likely to land a training course for oil industry clients.

Back on the practical side, I've got some leachate pumping applications to look at, as well as some more oil spill response stuff, and work is continuing on the Indian job.

I'm busy enough.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Jam Jar Test

I came across a new water scam today, called the Jam Jar test-people selling home RO water systems scare customers into thinking that tap water is filled with impurities by using a coarse form of electrolysis to produce brown sludge in ordinary tap water. RO water's far lower conductivity means that it does not, as illustrated. Doesn't mean a thing, don't be taken in!