One Community is focused on helping people create a sustainable planet through open source sustainability solutions covering all aspects of a sustainable civilization. Our open source and free-shared tools, tutorials, and DIY resources include food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Combined, they will be used to build a global collaborative of teacher/demonstration hubs that will develop even more open source solutions.
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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 22nd, 2022 edition (#478) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is helping people create a sustainable planet 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 re-wrote the results and conclusion section of the Aircrete Compression Testing report, as well as made sure all lessons learned and all helpful documents developed to date were included in the report. They looked at the data in great detail and removed data points that were associated with collapsed cylinders so more accurate conclusions could be drawn. They also communicated with the Compression Testing team and shared the report with Dr. Bai for his review, as well as communicated with the Center Hub team.
The core team also worked on Murphy bed edits for the categories of lumber vs. plywood, grouping sizes of lumber, and distinguishing terminology of different sized gang boxes, different depth of boxes, and types of cover plates. We also finished checking the assembly instructions for the bed framing, shelving units, and back storage unit assembly and installation by using the instructions to assemble all these areas in SketchUp 3D. See pictures below related to this progress.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 95th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on the bolt analysis for the rain barrel support structure of the Net-Zero Bathroom. He calculated the tightening load for the bolts based on specifications from the literature and manufacturer. With the tightening load, the frictional force was calculated by searching the frictional coefficient of hot dipped galvanized steel and multiplying it with the load. The ultimate tensile strength and the yield strength of the bolt were searched and added to the appropriate spreadsheet. Given the values, he was able to create the S-N curve based on the assumption of 90% UTS at 1000 cycles fatigue limit and the endurance limit or infinite life at 50%UTS at 1000000 cycles. From there he assumed the bending moment acting on the bolt was equivalent to 1/6 of the barrel weight times the distance from the bolt. A value larger than the UTS was calculated from an equation in the literature, but will need to be adjusted due to the orientation of the bolt having a different area moment of inertia. A static load concentration factor was also calculated based on the minimum fillet radius of 0.03in found in bolts and the bolt diameter and head diameter ratios. A fatigue concentration factor will be calculated based on the UTS, fillet radius, and static concentration factor that is found in the literature. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 73rd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey read over comments made on the shared document. There have been updates made to mistakes in measurements and also the layouts of the lumber. Another area of improvement has been the components/shopping lists sections as this was mostly untouched since previous versions of the instruction manuals. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
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 34th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team completed final edits, added content and responded to comments to the Final Report. They added information from previous work completed early one. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 28th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started off by reviewing the newest comments. She went through information regarding the parking lot for both the webpage and the current report in order to determine what new information needed to be added to the webpage. She also wrote commentary for various images. This included spending time figuring out what each chart or image was trying to portray. Once completed Daniela continued with her research for the flexible pavements design. She found more reliable sources and continued to read through them. Daniela wrote down information she believed would be helpful for the paper and included images/charts. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 26th week helping with web design. This week Yuran finished adding the content to the Climate Battery live page. She checked the images, the links and the format of the page. She also started working on creating the Eco-community Electric Vehicle Integration and Charging Infrastructure Guide page by adding and checking the table of contents for the page.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 25th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and their integration into communities. This week Shreyas finished answering the final questions and addressing the final comments throughout the doc sharing all his research and work. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 9th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. Diwei created an excel sheet calculator for calculating the catchment area and storage capacity of the rainfall harvesting system based on the monthly rainfall data and occupants. Detailed instruction was added to the calculator. Storage of the rainfall harvesting system was also designed with four 1000-gallon water tanks located under the shower room with parallel configuration between tanks. The 3-inch schedule 40 PVC pipe is selected to handle the possible heaviest intensity rainfall corresponding to the tropical atrium catchment area. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 8th 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 did cost estimations on the waste-to-energy solutions. It was challenging to unify variables for comparison, so the majority of time was devoted to looking for comparable data, and creating strategies. Biomass power generation and non-biomass power generation are the two major categories of strategies. Only incineration is considered for the non-biomass part, and biomass gasification, plasma gasification, pyrolysis and anaerobic digesters belong to the first category. Once the major categories are settled with reliable data sources, comparisons can be made and this is the next week’s major task. Also, a beginning section of the tutorial was created. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Yushi (Zoey) Cai (Electrical Engineer Researcher) completed her 6th week helping with research focused on Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies. This week Yushi researched the lifetime and switching cycles of incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs and LED bulbs. She also researched the warmup time of these three types of light bulbs and why they were different and new technologies of LED and the blue light produced by LEDs. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is helping people create a sustainable planet 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:
This week the core team created a detailed collaboration doc for a new plumbing team we are forming with two new Master Plumbers that applied to help finish the Duplicable City Center Plumbing. We also held our first group team meeting to go over all the details. Pictures below are related to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 48th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis discovered some sources that will help finalize the design justifications for the City Center Spa. He was able to source some rules and regulations that elaborate on the requirements of a spa, specifically in the state of Utah, the anticipated location for the One Community demo. The codes highlight the minimum requirements for an operating pool or spa and provide detailed metrics as to what is the acceptable performance for all systems. The codes cover residential and public operations to give the user a thorough summary of the requirements. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 32nd week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, Huiya finished modeling five options of Door 7 in six different colors and placed it back in the SketchUp model for better reviewing/review. She also brought up the suggestion of expanding the wall at the main entrance so that we can have enough space to put Door 7 and changing the shell parts to a flattened wall at the Dining dome entrance on the north side to better fit the doors. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 29th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi updated the door schedule including the count, dimensions, frames, and hardware. Hardware selection and details are to be updated later. She updated doors in the plans partially and got into a discussion about issues with D7 and the potential need to replace a few with D6 doors. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 20th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj continued his work on the review paper. He also worked on downloading and installing revit to help with the force calculations and spent most of the time learning the basics. He also tried to mesh an already existing CAD file of the dome which wasn’t successful due to computing power limitations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 15th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik researched how to import bracket models that were designed in SolidWorks. He also designed a structural dome and then edited the external frame LVL frame and the covering as glass in order to get the actual dome model and perform a structural analysis to understand the stability of the dome. He tried adding the DIY bracket design to the hub of the wooden dome. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 7th week of work. This week Dave started on a new project dealing with the plumbing design for the City Center. He participated in a meeting with Jae, Brooks, and Craig about the project. He assessed previous AutoCAD designs to apply to the final design of the project. Pictures below are related to this work.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 4th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week Kamil completed 3 different concepts that represent different structural components and various aesthetics. The design for the dormer will now be chosen by the main team. Moving forward he will develop one final design as an assembly that can easily be used to create assembly instructions. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 2nd week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue continued the development of the Duplicable City Center Interior Design by researching paints, bathroom design, bedroom design and style analysis. She designed the bathroom based on the CAD drawings. In the bathroom design, she mainly applied marble material for the wall and floor. In addition, the bathroom cabinets and shelves are made of wood, echoing the style of the bedroom. For the bedroom wall paint selection, Yujue chose 0307 PUTTING BENCH from Ecos Paints. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is helping people create a sustainable planet 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 worked on more updates for the Transition Kitchen. We used the SketchUp transition kitchen model to move some of the tables next to the cold food serving table, moved the rest of the shelves and tables further to another end of the kitchen, and moved the two double sinks close to the triple sink. See pictures below related to this progress.
Adam Weiss (Kitchen Operations Project Manager) completed his 13th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week, Adam worked on reviewing Marilyn’s 3-day block menu plan as well as any new recipes that she submitted. He also worked on cleaning up the Master Recipe Template, simplifying colors and text, adding on new lines of helpful info, and calculating formulas so cells are filled with the correct information. The pictures below relate to this work.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Culinary Volunteer) completed her 6th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started by completing the “Fresh week three day recipe block” and subsequently adjusting recipes from suggestions and feedback. She then started the “Second week three day recipe block” incorporating already approved recipes with recipes she sourced for, paying attention to the ingredients while scaling the menu in a way that addresses dietary needs as well as budget control. She completed the “Second week three day recipe block” before the end of the week, and has submitted it to be reviewed for necessary adjustments. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is helping people create a sustainable planet 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 9th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. During this week, Adolph had planned to complete the designs and incorporate LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards) provisions, he realized though that he needed extra time to develop a matrix that would satisfy the LEED® requirements and started working on that.
One Community is helping people create a sustainable planet 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 22 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 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Miguel started by adjusting permissions on the Mentor and Manager roles using the new system. After that he corrected all the testing issues and conflicts before merging the new updates to his local branch. When he was done doing that, he raised 2 PR’s (#147 on the backend and #406 on the frontend). He got some comments on those PR’s, with suggestions, so he finished his week by following some of these suggestions and pushing them to GitHub. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu contacted Chris and Nicky to help debug his filter problem. Chris and Nicky were both busy and the logic was complicated to implement. Phu researched ideas on Stackoverflow and React documents and was able to finish fixing the filter for resources, name, etc.. in user’s task distribution. He then refactored Irene/Rachit’s code. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into checking Miguel’s creating_new_user_class PRs. She checked and tested the backend PR, everything was perfect and clear so she approved it. For the frontend PR she left comments and discussed with Miguel. She finished the code changes review, but still need to do the functional testing on page to make sure nothing is broken, so this will take one more day. Other than that, Yiyun started working on the Management Dashboard this week. She picked the WBS table cleaning bug and fixed it, the PR is out and approved, waiting for merge. She also provided some help for teammates to use Git. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Ron worked on the user duplicate modal to check for duplicate user first names and last names when creating new users. He made progress and created a modal inside of a modal to trigger only when a first + last name already exists. Logic is in place but kinks are currently being worked out. He also provided support by reviewing pull requests and confirming to see if changes made by team members worked well and did not provide any conflicts. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jipeng Chen (Software Development Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jipeng created a new version of his pull request based on Chris’ comments. He used a set interval function to make sure the api call will not be too quick and then tested locally and everything looked good. He then started looking at the refactoring of the infringement code. The pictures below relate to this work.
David Okeke (Software Engineer) also completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, David finalized the progress bar and its color logic in the team member task component on the front end management dashboard. David also implemented the red clock and the number attached to it and spent time trying to organize the views for Admins, Managers and Volunteers. See pictures below for some of this work.
Steven (Shaoyu) Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Steven helped review and approve a PR that introduced a new feature showing the time difference between the current user and other team members on the Basic Information page. Later, he spent some time trying to reproduce the bug relative to the abnormal behavior of the inactive user and the bug seems to have already been fixed. He is now working on the area that improves the backend cache efficiency after doing any user data modification. He also fixed a tiny bug in his previous PR. See pictures below for some of this work.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Continuing from last week, Eiki had to scrap the planning and work completed for the progress bar feature because another teammate had already begun work on it. So this week, Eiki began work on the task notification (red bell) feature for the management dashboard. He went through the existing code and learned that it wasn’t time efficient to continue to work with it so decided to start planning from scratch. He learned that implementing the feature involved more work than initially anticipated so expanded planning to involve all parts of the app – the backend, the database, and the frontend. To prepare for the work with the backend and database, he started a discussion with Nicky (senior engineer). In terms of management duties, he also communicated expectations of future PRs to the team and completed a review of David’s PR for the progress bar feature. To avoid future work overlaps, he emphasized using the work division table to mark which features are already being worked on. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jorge Ivan Rodriguez (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jorge started reading the code, understating the Store file, the Provider component, and the redux hooks. He fixed the stop Button bug, and now when the user clicks the button ‘stop’ the time is paused in all tabs open. Jorge also changed the interval of time in milliseconds to try to synchronize the buttons in different tabs, however, this is a provisional solution for the purpose of testing the code. At the moment Jorge is working on synchronizing the buttons so that when the users have more than one tab open all the buttons will show the same status. See pictures below for some of this work.
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