Well it has certainly been a long time between blog posts - almost 12 months to the day. The lack of activity on the blogging front however is not representative of the activity at ORDITAL over that time. We've been engaged in projects for clients from Oil & Gas through to Government facilities.

I have been pleased with the results we've been able to generate for clients, and a good measure of that is that all clients we've worked with over the last 12 months remain active users of the system today. However, over the journey we have certainly learnt a lot and incorporated those lessons where possible. In this and subsequent articles it is my intention to share those lessons and identify the challenges and opportunities we've seen.

Why the Pool Shed?

In order to demonstrate some of these concepts I will need to have examples. The examples need to be simple enough to convey the concept, but just as importantly this blog is not going to infringe on anyone's intellectual property. So enter the Pool Shed.

Hopefully those of you that have a swimming pool (that hole in your yard that you throw money into) will be a little more organized than me in the layout and maintenance of the equipment that you keep in there.

The Process

The purpose of the equipment in the Pool Shed is to put water from the pool through a process that will filter debris, heat the water via either solar or gas power, chlorinate the water, then finally return the water to the pool. The system also provides the option to send the water to waste output when the pool needs draining.

We can represent this process in a diagram (below). The example below shows why I never have been, and never will be a process engineer. But my swimming pool guy assures me this is the best FUNCTIONAL design for surviving the freezing Melbourne weather and still being able to swim.

The Equipment

Having decided on the process, my swimming pool guy assured me he had the best deals on equipment to meet the FUNCTIONAL requirements of the design. For TAG E-2, the MAIN POOL PUMP, he swore that the HYDROSTORM 100 from WATERCO would be the best product to fulfill the FUNCTIONAL requirements. I checked the offerings of a few other manufacturers, then remembered I know nothing about swimming pools, and my swimming pool guy did after all seem like he knew what he was talking about. So I went with his selection and he installed it for me.

Going Forward

At this stage, we now have an engineering design (The Process) which we have used  as the basis to procure equipment that fulfils the requirements of the design (The Equipment) and this has been installed and commissioned ready for us to have a nice clean & warm swimming pool. On a MUCH larger scale, this is what our clients are doing every day.

In coming posts we'll use this as a platform to expand upon some of the following themes:

  • Materialized and Functional Physical Objects and Temporality (bet you can't wait for that one!).
  • Asset hierarchy discussions
  • Differing representations of a TAG
  • Using photo archives for asset management
  • Challenges & costs in cataloguing photos
  • Classifications of equipment photographs
  • Collaboration on equipment issues
  • And more...

Thanks for taking a look back at the ORDITAL blog.  Will make sure I am a lot more frequent in the posts from here on it. As we go forward I'd love to hear from you with your feedback.

Stephen Crampton