Trip to Melbourne….

Well i dont really like melbourne…and i really dont like it now since all i do there is bloody well work….

Arrived down here on the Monday on a morning flight which was uneventful except for the usual jammed in knees and cramps…..curse the small seat pitch on virgins jets…Spent most of monday and tuesday establishing where we are up to in the projet (which is th installation of the Daedulus Line Scanner) and how much stuff the sheeties have pulled out of the aircraft. It seems the project is moving along very quickly and the amount of work we have done currently will be consumed by the sheeties and mintenance guys will be swallowed up fairly quickly. My main job for this project so far has been the Rack installation and the FEA modeling of the pressure box, which has been nothing but painful…mainly due to the requirement of having the ability to retrieve fastener loads from the model, which means there must be beams (BEAM 188) joining keypoints on all of the fastener positions…biggest problem with this is actually modelling the geometry and gett Ansys to do what we want…..key points to remember…

– If drawing in AutoCad ..ensure that all regions line up and there is no strange gaps or misalingments in the regions…which i had to start with….which i painfully removed and check one by one by zooming in to the max to determine if there was any misaligment….

– Find a btter way of generating geometry…..

Once all the data (in the form of a .satfile) was in ansys it was not too bad…..the analysis actually came out real good…and fairly accurate, when compared to hand calcs of Alans….. I have learnt heaps of Ansys during this short time…everytime i use ansys i learn more….

Mental note while i remember…I have 4 days owing now due to the issue of working on Sunday….(3 from last year – 1 this year)

We are staying in lovely Essendon, which seems nice…

will update towards the end of the week…..

Wave Aid Concert

Well again its been way too long since my last plog! This plog however is dedicated to the Wave Aid concert that sar and I went and saw last saturday. Excellent day/nite…. the line up of acts included:

Waifs – missed them cause we were late…shame, i have heard they are pretty good….
Missy Higgins – was good, not necessarily my style but can definitely appreciate her talent…
Nick Cave – never really like him…songs too long and not my style….ate chips and icecream instead!!
Casey Chambers – excellent, one of the few counrty music acts that can make in the ock scene also…very talented singer….her dad is on theband!!
The Wrights – performed Evie (spellin) parts 1-3. The original never did it for me so….what can i say….pretty impressive tho since the ppl included, lead singer from Jet and a few other top bands that i cant remember..
Pete Murray – great singer….top act…plus the girls love hime!!!
SilverChair – never seen these guys before….its been along ime since they played together so one would expect them to be a bit rusty…which they were….nonetheless ok.
Powderfinger – excellent live band….woulda paided the money just for them alone….
Midnight Oil – again…a band who reformed just for this concert…the only one who really made an effort to identify the real reason for the conceert….Peter Garret is an excellent showman….sounds awesome live also.

Got some ok pix of the concert and some neat video footage as well….they had some fireworks during the night….not much to comment on but..hey …better than a kick in the ass….

The walk down cleveland street in thongs was a bit rough….but quicker that getting a bloody bus to central….

Overall it was an excellent day….it was also great to spend some time with sar, time seems to be harder and harder to find now……

Will post some pix and vids of the day on the gallery…..

here they are!