Ice Pigging

[divider] This post is not about farm animal rights, or some cruel porcine-based Japanese reality TV game-show. Check out the video above for a glimpse of the power of a technology recently introduced into the North American Market from the UK. It’s not hard to see from the video above that the pipes are getting […]

Big Data in the Local Government Sector

Data is all around us, and all but the most cynical of us assume, probably naively, that the organizations we rely on, whether banks, businesses, schools or governments are optimizing the use of the information they have available. But the reality is that in most industries we’re just scraping the surface of what’s available. Is […]

Simple Water

This weekend, I had a discussion with a colleague in the water and wastewater industry about technologies and ideas for upgrades to an existing treatment plant. “I told them that they were nuts to be considering slow-sand filtration when the technologies are out there such as membrane filtration”, he said. I held my tongue. While […]

The Kootenay Cone of Silence

Aside from what you read on the internet, life in the Kootenays just keeps on rollin’ on. Who would know that a whole ecosystem was being destroyed in what could be described as a technogenic catastrophe down in Louisiana right now, a nasty byproduct of the lifestyle we’ve pursued as a society. The various bailouts, […]

Google Street View Now in the Kootenays

The Street View is only available on the Highways throughout the West Kootenays, but in larger centres such as Kelowna, Spokane, WA and Cranbrook, (as well as all the big cities), all streets have been photographed and input into the software.

Seasons Come and Go

This weekend I took my sister for a walk along the lovely Waldie Island Trail on the Brilliant side of the Columbia River in Castlegar. This time of year, the colours are stunning along the trail if you can get a sunny day. Although a beautiful trail, it also represents an historical site for the […]

Oil Optimists

Fifty years ago, you could be forgiven for thinking that this generation would be living in outer space, in bubble shaped colonies, transported by hyperdrive-powered futuristic spaceships.

Just because we knew there were moons and planets out there did not make the technological challenges of getting there surmountable. Sure, we have stuck a few guys on the moon, (but not for decades), and we’ve got a few poor souls tinkering with life in orbit on the International Space Station, but for all practical purposes, reality has missed the dreams of previous generations.

Car-stlegar

The automobile is king in this town, I was reminded of this, as, for the second time in a month a local paper features a large spread about the local car dealers. This time it refers to the opening of a new Hyundai dealership by Craig and Keith Kalawsky. The last big article was about […]