We can create abundance through sustainability. Not just abundance, but a luxurious life with more time and resource access while also regenerating our planet. One Community is supporting this through open source sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the May 8th, 2022 edition (#476) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is facilitating abundance through sustainability through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team touched based with Mary, Yuran, Dave, and Marcus, and had a weekly meeting with Center Hub Connector Team (Raj, Prathik, and George). We responded to emails, comments, and texts to keep projects moving forward and began reviewing recently completed roadways design numbers. We also continued to work on the Compression Testing Final Aircrete Report, namely reviewing the summary table, responding to comments, reviewing responses, and adding content. Pictures below relate to all this.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #246 of Dean’s work as he is finishing up the actual renders. The picture below shows two more finished renders.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 93rd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on the maximum dimensions of the rain barrel support structure of the Net-zero Bathroom. He first calculated the maximum bending moment and shear stress of the support beams. It was determined that the bending moment was much greater than the shear stress. By using a best fit polynomial curve he found a relationship between the moment and the length of the beam. He then calculated the maximum allowable bending stress by using a safety of factor of 2, determined by using the factor of safety criteria, and the yield strength. Jose Luis substituted the value into the best fit function and calculated a max length of 11 feet. Next he began working on a buckling analysis of the main support columns. The pictures below show some of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 32nd week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing team continued to work on finishing the final report for the Compression Testing Project. They conducted a water test to see what type of water was used during the process of making the cylinders. The team also addressed any comments that were given for this week and continued to make improvements on the report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 24th week helping with web design. This week Yuran backed up the websites mentioned in all the tabs of the “Solar Sizing – ENERGY BALANCE (on grid)” spreadsheet. She also fixed the Aquapini and Walipini page with core team feedback and continued working on adding content to the Climate Battery live page. Yuran checked all the websites mentioned in the page, finished the resource section and then backed them up as PDF files. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 7th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei studied modeling and analysis of the water distribution system for the barrel storage system and further water distribution network with extra rainwater harvesting units in the shower room. A report using a part of the barrel storage system as an example discusses a standard schematic representation of the water distribution system, mass and energy conservation for the establishment of the branched & looped multiple reservoir system, and solving the system of nonlinear equations with the Newton-Raphson method. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 7th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming reviewed multiple reports about cost comparisons between different waste-to-energy solutions, primarily for incinerators, gasification units, and pyrolysis. These documents were collected last week, but they were long pages and took time to find comparable information. After designing criteria of cost estimation, a general cost estimation was proposed. The results showed gasification seems to be the best waste-to-energy solution. Although it is not the cheapest option, its versatility gives it potential to be modeled into a more efficient engineering system in the future, so its social utility can be optimized. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Yushi (Zoey) Cai (Electrical Engineer Researcher) completed her 4th week helping with research focused on Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies. This week Yushi worked on ranking light bulb companies and their products, integrating the content into the pasted website content and formatting the bulbs and company section to match other pages. She also searched for the light bulb replacements that were equal or better than existing choices. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is facilitating abundance through sustainability through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 46th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. Luis focused on finalizing and signing off on calculations for the heat transfer and plumbing of the design. These calculations are being directly implemented on the planned website content and have been adjusted on the spreadsheet for ease of access. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 35th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus completed corrections for section A-A, B-B, D-D , F-F, and C’-C. She added columns and updated column positions, and changed the thickness of the walls and floors according to her supervisor’s feedback. See pictures below.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 32nd week working on Duplicable City Center updates. This week she continued to build the roof model and its structure in SketchUp, exported the SketchUp model of the Living Dome for the interior designers, and added labels for the various section drawings in the AutoCAD file. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 30th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, after coordinating with Yuxi, Huiya modified some details for Door 1 and Door 2 and modeled door D13 for the restrooms. She also accomplished the work of adding the D1, D2, and D13 to the Living Dome. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 27th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi had a brief discussion with the team on hardware on doors and coordinated their type and location based on varying situations, including location of pull or push bars based on egress routes, types of hardware based on security (regular door handle or equipped with card reader), etc. Furthermore, elevation and the plans of doors D5 and D9 were updated to correct sizes with details. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 19th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj compiled all the research and work done throughout the months and started creating a document which explains the design considerations and the successes and failures of each design leading up to the final design. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 13th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik explored using the Architectural design software Revit for testing. He designed a simple dome to understand how to use the software and the different tools available. He then designed a glass dome and tried changing the beam joint to the DIY solution the team has designed. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 5th week of work. This week Dave checked materials for the Eco-spa design in order to validate power needs. He made corrections to the calculation that resulted in substantially lower power draws, updating the average energy demand of 782.5 kWh/day to 502.7 kWh/day. He also added pie charts as a visual to compare energy demands by different categories from the City Center and Earthbag Village and sized and selected an electric heat pump for the pool. Pictures below are related to this work.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 2nd week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week, Kamil continued his work on the Dormer dome design project. He did further research into how dormers are constructed on domes and the typical way in which they are attached. He also began creating 3D visualizations in SolidWorks as to how the dormer frame might connect to the dome frame. Moving forward he will create multiple designs for both floors of the dormer to ensure an aesthetic but also functional and easy to build dormer design. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is facilitating abundance through sustainability through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team continued with revising, edits, and answering and making more comments on the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We made corrections from pages 117-150. The main areas of focus included Coop Door Materials, Hanging the Coop Entry Door, Installing Sliding Chicken Door, Building Shutters for Ventilation Openings, Building Manure Collection Trays, and the Roosting Ladder. Pictures of some of this work are below.
A different core team member worked on the SketchUp model and render updates for the Chicken Coop. After changes to thickness of parts in all three poo collection trays, we updated text with new dimensions and generated new images. We also updated and reviewed instructions for the entry door and chicken door also. See pictures below related to this progress.
Adam Weiss (Kitchen Operations Project Manager) completed his 11th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. He had a zoom meeting with Jae and discussed next steps pertaining to making the recipe tabs that tie into a master shopping list, worked on the related spreadsheets and researched best ways to organize data and create filters, entered in all the ingredients, color coded all ingredient groups, and added to ingredient groups such as specific pastas in one group. The pictures below relate to this work.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Culinary Volunteer) completed her 4th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn continued recipe development and menu plans and researched recipes that would work with the food ingredients for a 2 months meal plan as well as researching food that would fit the kitchen plan in line with the approved ingredient list, dietary requirements and kitchen equipment. She spent some time avoiding recipe repetition and working to find substitutes for some food items. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is facilitating abundance through sustainability through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph focused on the finalization of the design model. Initially, Adolph had generated one critical truss but later realized he needed to fit all the trusses on the roof plan and then execute modeling of the entire truss system. He therefore focused on the tekla structural design and tekla structures where he incorporated all the trusses and roofing material. Adolph plans to review and incorporate LEED provisions and finalize the design during the following week. He will then compile a detailed design report showing the steps undertaken during execution of the assignment. See the related pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is facilitating abundance through sustainability through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
This week the core team completed 20 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Miguel Fernandes (Full-stack Developer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Miguel implemented the new user permissions system on the backend (Miguel-userPermissions branch). Miguel also started working in the implementation of the 2 new user roles (Owner and Mentor) and their permissions in the system. He worked together with his colleagues to get help and to help them in their own problems. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Elyse Lam (Software Developer) completed her 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Elyse worked on the badge awards bugs where “100 hours total contributed to economics / energy / society / education / food / housing / stewardship category” badge is not awarded when a user completes 100 hours of work on a project labeled with the respective category. She tested manually assigning badges as an admin for Housing, Food, and education. She added console.log() statements to badgeController.js file in function assignBadges. In the terminal, the badge group that was printed out shows the added new badges but the front end takes a few minutes to display the changes. Elyse needs to confirm how Mongodb saves this data. This might not be a bug but rather a caching delay. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu tested merging Irene’s branch to the Dev branch. A few errors and conflicts occured, so Phu contacted Nicky to get help, but it seems like only Phu was experiencing the problem. He continued researching to fix the errors and also fixed a filter problem, enabling it to search by project, people, and team name while active/not active/all statuses were applied. He also started working on adding start dates and end dates. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun spent most of her time on fixing the incorrect tangible hours on Volunteering Times tab, personal profile page. The PR of fixing “total tangible hours this week” she created was reviewed and merged. Yiyun digged into “other category hours” fixing, she created a PR #401, but after discussion and clarification with Jae, she realized there was some misunderstanding. So she closed her PR. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Ron worked this week to provide assistance in reviewing pull request changes in regards to issues with the display in the HGN application. He also continued to work on creating popup confirmation for user duplication. Ron most recently took on a new bug that is creating a spacing issue between elements in the HGN application. See pictures below for some of this work.
Nicky Chen (Full Stack Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Nicky was involved in various support tasks to help out David, Yiyun, Thien, Elyse, and Miguel. He also worked on the bug to fix persistence on the location & time zone issue where things weren’t getting saved from the add user profile page. Nicky also fixed the edit portion of it on the basic information tab section. The pictures below relate to this work.
Jipeng Chen (Software Development Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Jipeng started setting up the gmail api for oauth 2.0. In the first stage, he set up gmail api using his own testing account. He then set up gmail api with oauth 2.0 using the Highest Good Network test account. Jipeng is able to generate an access token to send email by refresh token. In the next stage, he will set it up in the cloud platform. The pictures below relate to this work.
David Okeke (Software Engineer) also completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, David focused on fetching relevant data and demonstrating them in the table and also verifying Team Member Tasks data shows correctly. This unfortunately couldn’t be completed as a function to fetch time entries because a specific task has not been built yet. David will now focus his energy on doing that. See pictures below for some of this work.
Steven (Shaoyu) Wang (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Steven started with onboarding, reading through all the Google Docs, and setting up the dev environment. He also picked up a bug to start on, which is related to the behavior after the update of newly created users in the User Management system. He also spent time familiarizing himself with the codebase and the data flow of the application. See pictures below for some of this work.
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