Gtgt ANCHOR This summer, students at RIT are sharing some ideas that could change the world. And one student says he's found a cheap and simple solution to help people who've been put out because of natural disasters. News 8's Jason Frazer has more. gtgt COREY MACK They're piling up at ports in New Jersey and other ports in California. gtgt REPORTER If all goes according to plan, thousands of people could one day call these prototype shipping containers home. gtgt COREY MACK You take a container from a port, you strip it down and repaint it.
Gtgt REPORTER After a major natural disaster, displaced families are normally housed in government trailers, but Mack says his idea is more environmentally friendly. Some of the containers would be powered by solar panels. gtgt COREY MACK I've also proposed some that can come stand alone. Some have a green roof. gtgt REPORTER The container is just one of a dozen ideas proposed by RIT students at the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Symposium. gtgt JON SCHULL You could have the next Facebooker. You could have the next Dean Kamen. You could.
Have the next Thomas Edison for all I know. gtgt REPORTER On Friday, students presented their summer research work to business leaders and alumni. RIT said the purpose is to get students to think outside the box. Literally. gtgt JON SCHULL Knowledge is something students make, not just something students absorb. It's a chance for them to get some practice in a professional capacity. gtgt REPORTER Mack says his container idea would cost about $15,000. That's about the same price for already existing disaster relief housing. gtgt COREY MACK When I say it's $15,000, it's not just the shell. It includes the shell,.
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Purdue students invent innovative, weatherresistant shelter for disaster victims
Gtgt Jim Shank As a Purdue University senior in industrial design Rafael Smith decided to help millions of people displaced by disaster. His Uber Shelter earned him international acclaim. Smith then built a prototype. gtgt Rafael Smith It's 2 story, collapsible shelter that ships in a 4x8x2 structure. Its 3 roomed and 2 of the rooms are fully insulated. The concept is intended to provide more comfortable place to live during their time of displacement. gtgt Jim Shank Smith recruited Purdue engineering student Josh Messmer to help create a viable product.
Gtgt Josh Messmer It provides a lot more space than people typically get with tents. Normally they're confined to a really small area, they can't even stand up, this provides a living space, it's raised off the ground so that water can flow underneath and people aren't getting muddy and having sewage all over them. It provides a gathering place it provides a place where a family can be together after a disaster. gtgt Jim Shank Uber Shelter's YouTube tutorial prompted 100s of people from around the world to donate 1000s of dollars.
To the nonprofit project. Smith is already recruited Purdue management Brad Milius to help raise funds to bring Uber Shelter to market. gtgt Brad Milius Purdue does a wonderful job of really helping entrepreneurs take off with their project. They offer a lot of competitions and then also just the knowledge to really make these projects succeed. gtgt Jim Shank New York investors have called and aid agencies on the ground in Haiti have offered to buy 1000s of Uber Shelters. Now Smith is moving into the shelter, a field test.
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I'M HERE WITH RAFAEL SMITH, THE DESIGNER AND CREATOR OF THE UBER SHELTER BEHIND US. WHY IS THE UBER SHELTER CALLED UBER SHELTER I WAS ACTUALLY MINORING IN GERMAN AT THE TIME. THE ORIGINAL DESIGN WAS ONE SHELTER STACKED ON TOP OF THE OTHER. THE IDEA WAS TO CUT DOWN THE OVERALL SIZE OF A REFUGEE CAMP TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR EIGHT AGENCIES TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD, WATER, AND MEDICAL ATTENTION. SINCE THE DESIGN WAS A MODULAR UNIT THAT STACKED ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER, THE NAME UBER POPPED IN MY MIND,.
BECAUSE UBER MEANS ABOVE IN GERMAN. SO WHILE I WAS TRYING TO COME UP FOR A NAME, IT CAME AND IT STUCK. THE DESIGN HAS CHANGED QUITE A BIT SINCE THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT, BUT WE STILL MAINTAIN THE IDEA OF USING VERTICAL SPACE FOR INCREASED LIVING AREA. WHERE DID YOU GET THE INITIAL DESIGN INSPIRATION FOR THIS THIS PROJECT STARTED AS MY UNDERGRADUATE THESIS IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN. I CAME ACROSS SEVERAL ARTICLES THAT SPOKE ABOUT THE TERRIBLE LIVING CONDITIONS WITHIN RELIEF CAMPS, REFUGEE CAMPS. SO THIS GOT ME THINKING THAT MAYBE THE PROBLEM OF SHELTER.
AND DISASTER RELIEF OR IN REFUGEE CAMPS COULD BE A PROBLEM SOLVED BY DESIGN. WE STARTED OFF WITH DESIGNS, CAD MODELS, A PICTURE ON A PIECE OF PAPER. TO GET THE IDEA FROM PAPER TO PROTOTYPE WAS A HUGE, HUGE STEP. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO MEET A MAN WHO HAS CLOSE TO 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION THAT REALLY HELPED WITH FINDING THE PROPER MATERIALS WHEN WE WERE HAVING TROUBLES WITH STABILITY OR WITH HOW TO CONSTRUCT THINGS. HIS CONSTRUCTION KNOWLEDGE REALLY PLAYED A LARGE ROLE IN DEVELOPING A PROTOTYPE.
I HAD SPENT LIKE 10 YEARS WORKING ON SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS, AND MY IDEAS WERE MUCH HEAVIER AND MUCH CLUNKIER. AND WHEN I SAW RAFAEL'S, IT REALLY STRUCK ME THAT THAT'S MUCH MORE THE IDEA THAT NEEDS TO BE THERE. AND I REALLY FEEL LIKE THE COMBINATION OF OUR TWO ABILITIES ON THE DESIGN ASPECT OF THIS IN SOLVING THE PROBLEMS HAS REALLY JUST CREATED A SYNERGY THAT'S BEEN VERY STRONG. THE SHELTER COMES IN A COLLAPSED 4x8x2 PACKAGE, WHICH IS SHIPPED FLAT AND DELIVERED ONSITE. FROM THERE, THE SHELTERS IS UNFOLDED, AND ALL THE COMPONENTS.
THAT CREATE THE SHELTER ARE STORED INSIDE. THE SHELTER IS A TWOSTORY, THREEROOM STRUCTURE, WITH TWO OF THE ROOMS BEING FULLY INSULATED. THE SECOND FLOOR ACTS AS A SLEEPING LOFT, WHICH ALLOWS US TO UTILIZE VERTICAL SPACE FOR INCREASED LIVING AREA. ONE OF THE KEY FEATURES IN OUR DESIGN IS HAVING AN ELEVATED FLOOR, WHICH IS IMPORTANT FOR WEATHER PURPOSES. THE FLOOR RESTS ON INDIVIDUAL JACK STANDS, WHICH EACH ONE CAN BE INDIVIDUALLY RAISED OR LOWERED TO ALLOW THE STRUCTURE TO REMAIN LEVEL ON UNEVEN TERRAIN. CREATING A SHELTER THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO ADAPT.
TO DIFFERENT CLIMATES, DIFFERENT TERRAINS, EVEN DIFFERENT CULTURES IS SOMETHING THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ADDRESS WITH THIS PRODUCT. WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO BUILD THE UBER SHELTER THE UBER SHELTER IS BUILT WITH JUST A WRENCH AND A RATCHET. THE SHELTER IS DELIVERED IN A 4x8x2 PACKAGE, AND ALL THE COMPONENTS THAT CREATE THE SHELTER ARE STORED INSIDE THAT COLLAPSED PACKAGE. THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROGRAM AT PURDUE WAS GREAT IN ASSISTING ME COVER THIS TOPIC, DO THE NECESSARY RESEARCH. THE SUPPORT FROM MY PROFESSORS, FROM OTHER CLASSMATES WAS HUGE.
State working to appeal FEMA decision
THE WORKS, ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO HELP RECOVER TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RIOT RELATED COSTS. ASK JUST ABOUT ANYONE IMPACTED BY THE RIOTS IN APRIL AND THEY WILL TELL YOU IT WAS A DISASTER. STATE OFFICIALS WILL TELL YOU THAT BIRD BY BRICK, BLOCK BY BLOCK, THE DIRECT COST IS HOVERING AT ABOUT $20 MILLION AND HAD A NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE CITY OF BALTIMORE OF MORE THAN $30 MILLION, THE COST OF DISASTER. BUT FEMA DIDN'T THINK SO AND DENIES THE STATE OF MARYLAND'S REQUEST FOR DISASTER AID LAST.
MONTH. SO AS PROMISED, THE STATE OF MARYLAND IS APPEALING THAT DECISION. ACCORDING TO A SPOKESPERSON FOR GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN, THE OFFICIAL REPORT FROM FEMA WILL BE WRITTEN AND SENT SHORTLY. THE STATE WILL BE DOES WILL BE PUSHING TO HAVE THE DECISION REVERSED. ADDING MUSCLE TO IT, THE CITY OF BALTIMORE AND MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGSBLAKE. MAYOR RAWLINGSBLAKE WE HAVE READ DOUBT FOR THE APPEAL AND WE WILL WORK TO PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP THE APPLICATION BE SUCCESSFUL. IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR DENIAL. KATE SHE'S RIGHT, DISASTER.
Drum Explodes During Welding, Killing Worker
It doesn't take much Only about a tablespoon of acetone evaporated inside a 44gallon drum creates enough vapour to make it explosive. At this kayak manufacturing shop, welding on an empty acetone drum cost a fibreglass worker his life. This is what happened. A worker wanted to make a shop cart from this empty acetone drum. The fibreglass worker offered to weld casters onto the drum for him. To prepare the drum for welding, the worker rinsed out the drum with water and turned it upside down to drain. He replaced the lid's bung caps, then used a grinder to clean four areas for the welds.
The fibreglass worker started to weld, but had trouble. He asked the shop's owner to check the welder's settings. The owner performed a test weld on the lid. He adjusted the welder's settings, and gave the welding gun back. The fibreglass worker then attempted to weld on a caster by making a tack weld. As he began a second weld, the welding arc burned through the lid. Acetone vapour inside the drum ignited, exploding and throwing the worker across the room. He would later die from his injuries. Lab testing of the fluid remaining in the drum showed that the drum, even though it.
Had been rinsed, contained enough residual acetone to become explosive. Choosing to reuse a drum that once held flammable substances can be a big mistake. Time and again workers have welded or used torches to cut drums, often with lethal consequences. Welding, cutting, and grinding are examples of hot work work that can initiate fires or explosions. If you can, avoid hot work on drums. If you must go ahead Do a risk assessment to identify any potential dangers. With the acetone drum, this would have included checking the precautions in the MSDS for acetone.
The MSDS, as well as a label on the drum, warned against welding on or near the drum. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for flammable substances. Don't weld or do any other hot work if the instructions say not to. If the instructions allow hot work, set up safe work procedures such as how to clean the drum and how to test for residues. Train and supervise workers in the procedures, so that they know the risks and the precautions. Learn from the tragedy that occurred in this workplace. Before welding, cutting, or grinding on a drum, know what's been inside it and whether.
Family Elevates Home to Protect It
We are elevating our home because September 21, 2009 we had a pretty devastating flood here. Everything's completely torn apart. We had to go down to we had to tear all of the drywall out, all the insulation, all the floors. The cabinets, tile all of that had to come out. We love this home very much it's a great home for our family. We don't want to leave. We want to make it a safer place to live in terms of the flooding. So we're going to elevate it we're having it.
Actually lifted up and then we're putting a foundation and dropping it back down on to the foundation. If it were to flood here again, it's just going to flow under the house. The water will come in under the house and then flow back out. We just had a meeting with our whole team, getting everyone together. So we now have our general contractor, we've got the structural engineer, the civil engineer, the architect, the electrician was there, and of course the home lifter. What we'll be doing is putting.
Steel beams though the house running front to back this way. And two big steel beams underneath those, running this way. And it will be on a hydraulic jack. Eight lifts that are all connected. And we'll lift it all at one time. It's cheaper than rebuilding a house. The first thing everybody looks at is let's take it down and do it from scratch. In this case, when we ran the numbers, it's a lesser cost. And that's really the only two things you can compare. FEMA helped me a lot with the.
Whole process and telling me what my options were like getting an SBA loan which is a wonderful option. It's a lowinterest loan and I didn't even realize that the SBA did loans like that. And it's enabling us to do this mitigation against future flood loss. It's peace of mind and safety over anything else, for sure. I want the peace of mind to know that my children, my family, that we're going to be ok. But now that we're moving toward repair I'm hopeful and I feel really, really good that we're going.
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