Posts Tagged Mechanical Design

Installation in Macau

Galaxy 2I have been in Macau for the last 6 weeks watching over the install of the rigging system and theĀ  Diamond Rotator that I designed. Everything has goneĀ  well so far and we are thoroughly enjoying the people and the culture.

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New Project In Macau

I’ve just been hired by LA ProPoint as lead technical designer for a new casino project in Macau. It’s our job to raise, lower and spin a 20,000lb “Diamond” with 8 wire ropes attached to hoists in the ceiling. The 22′ by 11′ diamond is being made by Lexington Scenery and is 13,000lbs of aluminum and glass. It will then bolt onto a rotation element consisting of a 3′ crane bearing and a gear-motor. It looks like we are going to outsource the control system, which means I won’t be doing any of the programming unfortunately. I will most likely be in Macau for November and December missing Thanksgiving and Christmas once again. Instead of Bali for Christmas maybe Amanda and I can go to Thailand this time.

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World of Color Opening

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Last night Amanda and I had the opportunity to see the new show at Disney’s California Adventure, World of Color. World of Color should be opening to the public this next week. Not just a fountain show, but an amazing combination of water, fire, projection, audio, lights and lasers. Over 1200 fountain heads, six 60′ x 120′ mist screens, and a few dozen flame throwers.

I worked for ShowFX as the lead designer on the Projection Domes. Originally intended to look and act like jellyfish they ended up being mere projection domes. They are 8′ diameter acrylic domes with a 20K projector behind hind them. The domes tilt 90 degrees and are mounted to a custom aluminum extruded mast. Unfortunately the tilt-action was taken out of the show by creative. The two biggest challenges of the the project were designing it to live underwater and it mounted to a platform that travels vertically in the water.

Projection Dome Testing

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Memories of USJ

This was just sent to me by an old friend, Bryan White, from when we worked in Japan. The show was “Fantastic World” for Universal Studios Japan. We battled freezing temperatures working outside for over seventy days straight.

USJ in the Winter

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