2000-01-05 – The Floating Island problem- Growth, Layout and special structures

The following is a postulated first growth design.


Cellular heavy lift
Extra structures
In this diagram, the engineering area has been moved in to attach directly to the main area for support, and additionally some blocks have been replaced by heavy lift blocks (8) using the cellular construction bottle technique outlined earlier. In order to provide a catchment area for fuel storage or chemicals which could harm the environment, the upturned concrete cells (9) are used to surround the area. Greater protection could be provided if they were all lowered on their mating sides, in order that they would all need to be filled before leakage could occur providing a true bunded area. These cells would be covered by a grill to allow passage. These are then fenced off by fire cells to ensure full protection.

The main other change is that the areas (10) have been opened up to further growth, on the sides away from the beach and the docks.

Obviously, all of the features shown here would be more dilute on the real installation due to it’s increased size. However, the protections shown here are needed to provide piece of mind. Note that some cells would be lost to water storage, etc. for emergencies and lost of supply. Power would also be distributed. The rules shown here are largely scalable, and with wear sensors, water pipes and communication cables routed under the surface, the systems and cells would soon become too complex for simple chopping and changing. Order, of a form, is needed from the beginning. A central plan will be needed to say “Yeah” or “Nay” on grounds of stability, as well as for control of the underwater workers, who will have to be used to handling many different types of cable and system underwater, without damaging existing systems and repairing faults, whilst being surrounded by tubes, wires and pipes. This central office would also be responsible for mapping the system, and checking and installation of the TDR fibre sensors, water, power, pneumatic tubes and, presumably, a central waste processing area for both rubbish and excreta.

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