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Monthly Archives: May 2008


Perhaps way of wrapping up the project is to do a reshoot of this same shot with me and him getting wet and “sediment”full at Abbots??

Had a very productive and insightful day visiting Wallasea Island, his latest project and reviewing the portfolio with him: massive detail discussion on TS and mapping sediment, but undoubtedly the quote of the day is this one:

“By the time you reach 18 you think you know it all: you spend the rest of your life realizing that you were right in the first place.”

Back to black…

Each component has 666 “Y”s… very, very auspicious number…, and in this field, twice the size of the previous one, I have over 60 components: Grand Total of 39,960 wishbones… Im bringing the number down to 20,000 maximum and even then… I am not sure of this is already blowing up the scale in terms of manufacture. From the TS tutorial it cant be that many and if it is, there has to be an alternative to the sheer number of components and assembly required.

As reference… my TS precedent: Accropodes, Ecopodes, Cor-Locs, polders and soft-engineering techniques.

This grid is the water flow from breach B as it floods the site. the now double the size components (4m maximum length for biggest component).

The color (blue, red, green) relate not to the components themselves and their types (1,2,3,4,5,6 rotation, etc.) but to the performance: blue = sediment polder (0m to 2m in section of sea level), red = wavebreaker (2m to 4m in section of sea level) and green = infrastructure (4m to 6m in section of sea level). The crucial importance of this is that the wave does not behave the same throughout its section and the component acknoweldges this. The component direction for the 0m to 2m (blues) addresses heavy sediment and medium sediment that is transported at the bottom of the current. Incoming waves cannot face a grid of components at this heights as it will create clogging in the breach, so, the direction is modified so it allows the water to flow through. The component direction at 2m to 4m (reds) are the wavebreakers, responsible in reducing the speed of the wave as the wave is at its most fast towards the middle of the section. The component is rotated so it faces towards the beginning of the brech in order to recude the speed as it reaches further into the site. The component direction for 4m to 6m (greens) relate to infrastrcuture and to the park circulation. From 4m to 6m, a height that is only reached twice a day for a period of a couple of hours it serves more as the area where the component becomes the park. I am now rotating them in place in order to get a flow of water to the top areas of the site and to reduce some wave speed by positioning the reds facing the breach. The greens are then positioned to face each other and start creating connecting paths. I am fixing still to the original component layout, meanign that I wont be rotating the components at its various section heights, but, to when rotating the whole component it fulfils these criteria.

This field is for sediment. Im taking the breach as the reference point where the water floods in and using that where I position the 5 main rows of components that come from that point. The size of “Y”s for those, whch are the biggest, is 2m. This might be too small comparing the fact that I end up with so many, specially when I start filling the gaps the main rows leave with smaller components, none of them larger than thos of the main rows. Im also going to reduce the areas of sediment influence of each component because when I checked with my test result, it wasnt that great of a scattering across and I also want to keep them as close as permissibly possible.

The selection of components when proliferated: the 10 degree rotation is located seaward wheras the 0 and 1s are towards the land. This is due to the fact that the water should decrease speed and sediment should not be clogged in the breach, whereas towards the land, the sediment should be trapped and let to build up. Height is kept at 6m constant throughout. Anything less than 6m will be covered by the high tide. Later differentiation of heights will be inputed.

So for v. 1.1: smaller sediment radius, double the size, to a 4m biggest component, hence less components on site but with the same variation between the main rows that come from the breach. Height variation in a later version, I still want to tweak the relationship of the components using same heights throughout the site.