Archive for the ‘the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill’ Category


Simple solution for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

In the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on May 22, 2010 by petrem66

I was thinking the other day to the problems caused by the massive leak of petroleum into the Ocean. They are massive as I can judge based on what I’ve seen on TV. The underwater camera captured some frightening images of this massive spill of deadly petroleum. I guess that if the pipe is not properly closed we will find ourselves in a situation in which we will have produces a dead zone the size of the entire Gulf (and who knows maybe the entire habitat of the Ocean will be destroyed with that). With such a threat, I think I can contribute at lease with an idea that may help.
Although I am in the software engineering field for more then 20 years, I still remember my classes in the high school and first year in University mechanics and design, and have a good understanding on who metal work is done. Also, as a teenager my father who is a mechanical engineer use to take me to his company (a heavy machinery maintenance factory). I was fortunate enough to actually find my first job at that factory so that I could earn some money during my first years at University. Back then I had participated at projects to automate cranes, and even as an entry level worker I could see and steal a little from other peoples experience in various fields. Later, after I graduated I run my own company (in association with my father) with the main activity to maintain heavy lifting machinery (cranes). Yes, I did mostly sales and marketing, but when time came and we were short of workers, I would use the wrench to tighten a loose pipe or install a hydraulic distributor. From marketing campaigns, signing contracts, coding in C, Pascal, Lisp, microcontrollers and 486 to injection molds for aluminum, and hydraulic devices I covered pretty much all back then. It was only since I came to Canada about 11 years ago since I stripped all off but coding/designing/architecting software. But I still remember what I learned. So here is my design (find it attached) Underwater portable guillotine for broken pipes