Daily Challenge Day 25

So, last night I attempted to create a map in google maps to show the location of the business. Actually it was a last minute thing somewhat short of 1:00am, I started out earlier exploring Maitland SA on google maps seeing what businesses and other services were identified on the map. After doing so, I thought I would have another look at creating a map for the business. Since I have both personal account and business page, I was attempting to get to create the map under the business page. Such does not appear to be possible, though what I did end up starting was creation of a google my business page. Which enabled me to log back in using android app: I think it was sometime last year that the original app updated and changed its name and logged me out: I hadn’t try to log back in since.

Anycase the google my business process, requires verification and since we only use a post office box for mail and we lease the office space having some verification letter go to the building owner likely to be confusing. So cancelled that idea, and since there was no log off for the android application I uninstalled that. I also did some searching and found a blog which indicated duplication of google+ pages, and the link for connecting original google+ page to google my business was no longer valid.

Contributing to the deleting the google my business thing  was I remembered that when I set up the google+ page, I read a few blogs about how setting up local business pages wasn’t a good idea for some professions, and similarly google+ business pages possibly also a problem. From memory I think some of the articles were about real estate agents: the issue concerned the person versus the business, and as the person moves on they leave their audience behind with the business. Or as is likely the case the audience is more interested in the person than the business, and the audience now has to shift and follow someone else. By sticking with their personal page, they reinforce that it is themselves that has the audience, and employers gain the benefit of that individuals audience and influence. The business paying for that benefit may change from time to time. Similarly if business is moving around from leased premises to leased premises, then you don’t want to waste time with google’s verification process. If have thundering great factory and only your business can operate there, then its different.

So I abandoned the google my business idea. This morning I went and created a custom map in google maps, and as far as I can tell from watching youtube video’s the drawing features available have been reduced over the years. Anycase I created and set up a map and placed it on the contacts page here. I also rearranged the contacts page. One benefit on google my business appears to be that the balloon displayed on the map is labelled, and therefore the location of the business is identifiable without clicking anything. I don’t really like the way it works, and it’s not really all that helpful.

With the map added to our contact page I also rearranged the Divi modules defining the page, so that the contact form appears first on a mobile phone. I also rearranged the navigation menu, once again to improve menu access on a mobile phone. This was because with having learnt about submenus and adding submenus to the blog menu, the expanded menu shown on a mobile phone placed the contact option way down the list.

I also reduced the list of pages shown in the pages widget, and just limited it to the legal pages, as that was the main reason for including the widget in the first page. For those interested the templates for my legal documents were purchased from Legal123. I’d looked at various other legal sites, and including free templates, but decided it was all too time consuming to modify, especially since most of the free templates weren’t Australian.

Today one of the emails I subscribe to was discussing google’s knowledge graph and Schema.org. After watching googles video on the subject I got sidetracked into watching more videos about mapping and geography and then contrasting civil and mechanical engineering , and then video’s about what a structural engineer does. There was something about an industrial engineer in there as well. Also watched some stuff on calculations, started with concrete beam: I assume it was slow because presenting an idea. I looked some other videos I also thought were going to be structural calculations for slabs on ground, but were just simple volume calculations. Discovered there’s a special slide rule for estimating concrete volumes: like the video says no batteries to run out: that’s the kind of technology I like.

My formal education is in industrial, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. As one of the above mentioned videos indicates civil and mechanical engineering overlap in the area of structures. From a mechanical engineering perspective the two main materials we don’t get involved with are soils and concrete. I did cover introduction to soils has it relates to agricultural machinery: plough shares cutting through soil and tractors resting on ground. As for concrete that is just one of many composite materials, it just happens, due to it common usage that there is a code of practice with specific design requirements. So really it’s no different than having to become familiar with the steel structures code after graduation. It just requires time, inclination and interest, we don’t do much concrete structures other than residential slabs. From my viewpoint concrete slabs on ground with brick veneer construction are a waste of materials: large volumes of concrete are being thrown into a hole in the ground to reduce the amount of cracking of decorative brickwork. Get rid of the ugly bricks and will need less concrete.

As for soils, to a significant extent they behave in a similar manner to grains in silos and bins, and once again this is something expect to become familiar with after graduation on as needs basis. Once again I have had little need so I haven’t moved in the direction.

Our greatest need has been familiarity with wind loading and cold-formed steel design, fabrication of such structures, and assisting small builders and manufactures, and that is where I put my effort.

So why messing with geographical information systems?

… oops 00:06am I missed posting for the day. …

, and mapping the towns of the Yorke Peninsula.

At school I liked geography, especially physical geography concerning geology and meteorology, and also the economics of space concerning central places and von Christaller. Physical Geography helps with understanding the environment in which buildings are located, such as wind loading, earthquakes, floods and coastal erosion. It also reinforces the importance of soil mechanics, and get a real geotechnical engineer (not one of these residential slab designers who push numbers though cord and slog) to design foundations when a building is on the side of a hill. Which raises another of my biases, I think people who cut and fill on the side of a hill are environmental vandals. Put the building on stilts and make use of the space below.

Secondly economic geography fits with industrial engineering, which concerns business logistics and workplace layout. An architect may put a pretty shell around a workplace but really need an industrial engineer to layout the workspace so that is efficient for the task it will be used for. You are unlikely to get two tower cranes crashing into one another if an industrial engineer has laid out the construction site. The location of resources in a factory and on a construction site, then extends outwards into the larger world.

Should a power station be constructed where the coal is located where the cooling water is located, or close to where people will use the power? Should we keep closing schools and constructing new ones or should we restrict access to housing in the vicinity of schools, and move people in and out of the area? Where should a hospital be located, given an advertising campaign about how distant certain medical services are to rural areas, was it sensible to build a monstrosity in Adelaide? Where should we locate grain silo’s and ports and harbours? Should we use trains or road transport? Is urban sprawl due to cars or due to large buildings with large hinterlands (catchments)?

Humans have legs they are meant to be mobile: but governments want us to be prisoners of the land they control. For the cost of Adelaide hospital, I’m guessing,  we could have built a hospital ship which could circumnavigate Australian waters and the surrounding islands, and thus provide medical care to the whole of Australia and its neighbours. Now that has certain logistics problems of it not being in the right place at the right time: but then again Adelaide hospital is not in the right place and never can be because it’s firmly anchored to the earth’s surface. And what industry besides construction do we want to keep going: ship building. Where are the large merchant ships circulating our coastal waters?

Ships simply provide the potential for large mobile hospitals, but trucks and vans can provide mobile hospital of a smaller and more specialist kind. A fleet of such can potentially travel around the rural and mining towns on a regular basis.

So instead of following the world trend of populations moving into big cities and making them bigger, we can keep people in the smaller towns.  The bigger cities are becoming unsustainable as more and more resources have to be drawn from around the world to feed these megacities. Trees and other plants are stuck in location, they have to build larger and larger root systems, and use more and more energy getting necessary resources back to the centre. I tend to disagree with Roma Agrawal, we don’t need more multi-storey buildings: elevators require a fuel source different than that required to fuel humans. When it comes to the crunch we produce food for people not fuel for machines: though according to the idea behind mad max: I could be wrong. {By the way anyone figure out what happened between Mad Max and Mad Max II. Like Mad Max seemed little more than a variation of Stone, and potentially occurring at the time the movie released somewhere up the road in the Australian outback. Then the next movie seems to be in a more distant future.}

Any how that creates a seeming contradiction. As I don’t really like cars, but promote the idea that we should be mobile, and yet being mobile potentially uses more energy. So its really a problem of getting the balance right. I consider travelling from point “A” to point “B” and then back to “B” again a total waste of resources. In other words the daily commute to work is a waste. However travelling in a loop is not such a waste. And travelling in loops seems to be what the grey nomads do, with the loop potentially as large as Australia. Consider how large that loop would be for EurAsia. Then consider what takes place in the travels along the loop.

In the movie: Alfie, they show the mobile x-ray services that Britain mobilised to screen for Tuberculosis., and then there is M.A.S.H and medicine sans frontiers, so mobilising is neither new nor impossible, and often necessary and desirable. Also as a kid in England there were lots of mobile services: there was the disappearing rag and bone man with his horse and cart, there was the icecream van, pop van, greengrocers and fishmongers, and milk delivered. Here in Australia when we first arrived we had milk and bread delivered daily. Now the main mobile service is provided by automechanics.

But did all these mobile services disappear because of mass production of cars, or the construction of large catchment supermarkets, or a combination of the two?

Anycase whilst Adelaide is trying to cram more people into the city centre and stop urban sprawl: which I thought was the original point of building the satellite city of Elizabeth. Not much point however when generate dependency on Adelaide beyond Elizabeth and into what were once rural areas around Gawler. When I was a kid the surrounds of Tea Tree Gully were filled with market gardens, and some farmers sold produce in stalls beside the roads before such practices were banned. Whilst hazards to road users was cited, I’ll hazard a guess that the dominant argument was interfering with sales in the larger shopping malls and plazas. Take note that’s not loss of sales to the retailers,  because the farmers were clearly there first, no it was the retailers grabbing the sales. Got unnecessary building need to pay for it.

See there is more than one side to every story.


  1. [10/05/2017] : Original Intent
  2. [11/05/2017] : Actual Posting {current time 01:15am}