Friday, November 12, 2010

Full scale Emriver Em2 shipment begins!

We're in full effect now on Em2 shipment; all the kinks are out and we hope to get a model to everybody on the waiting list by the end of November.  We hope the overseas shipments won't be far behind.

If you haven't been following, we've completely redesigned the Emriver Em2 and ran into some problems with our supplier of aluminum parts (they were simply overwhelmed with work).  This caused several weeks of delay.  And of course we were swamped with orders while this happened!

Designing and building a practical stream table is one thing.  Making it easily mass-buildable, reliable, safe, and easy to ship adds a lot of complexity.  Streamlining the building-to-shipping process isn't easy, but is essential if we're going to keep these models affordable.

Lily and Meriam have worked very hard on this.  We still have a lot to do with respect to inventory and shipping, but we're getting there.

We tried to ship Lily to California, but the UPS guy wouldn't take her.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fun with cardboard (and geomorphology).

We're a little loopy at LRRD now, from both overwork and excitement.

Today we moved the Em4 model we hauled to GSA-Denver off a truck and into our lab.

The rules of hydraulic similitude dictated a 4-meter length for the Em4.  It's about the size of a car and a challenge to move.  Thanks to the SIUC AFS students who helped.

And today we began full scale shipment of our redesigned Emriver Em2, both to North American and overseas teachers and scientists.

Here Lily strikes what she described as a "serious pose" with a ready-to-ship UPS-able Em2, and I have some fun with cardboard by way of thanking Lily and everybody else around me for so much support and probably a lot of tolerance.

I'm taking tomorrow morning off.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Home from Denver at last.

After something like 17 hours of solo big truck driving, I made it home today. (Lily, next time I will take you up on your offer to go along!)  I'm beyond exhausted, but it was an incredibly satisfying trip.

I picked up aluminum parts for a few more of the new Em2 boxes as I passed through St. Louis.  Here my wonderful Kate helps unload.

Our next big task is to catch up on the Em2 waiting list and ship a bunch of models!

Friday, November 5, 2010

GSA Denver summary: We had a blast!

We had a marvelous time at GSA--everybody worked so hard; thanks to my wife Kate, to Lily and Meriam, and also to Andrew Podoll, a treasured collaborator; here you see the entire crew.

I really enjoyed watching Lily work with kids who dropped by.  She has so many talents, and is such a joy to work with.

I talked with dozens of scientists who appreciate our work.  It's clear from my conversations that our combination of the Emriver Em4, close range photogrammetry (CRP), and the color coded media (summary video here) is groundbreaking.
 Here's a fast video presentation of photos, including some time lapse with a fisheye lens.  The model was constantly disturbed, so the forms you see aren't very pretty.