Technology Statement

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Groups of documents will be made accessible from a table, alongside contextual comments.  But first, images on this page are used to illustrate how under Building Information Modeling (BIM) the same agenda may be approached from three perspectives – of People, Process and Technology – coalescing around the shared central conviction of success…

Image No 1 (L, for ‘Technology’) is of Sherlock Holmes deep in contemplation over a globe, perhaps rsherlock 1epresenting the universal appeal of his methods.  His status as amateur sleuth acts as a spur not a deterrent to him and his ever-faithful companion, fuelling the urge to prune back to the essence of a problem.   Holmes’ most famous quotation, that ‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’  is relevant to this entry. The reader is invited to apply this principle to the question of whether the Rolls-Royce twin-turbine format is likely to be the generic solution for low environmental impact, high-flow two-way ‘tidal range’ schemes.  Because many clever people seem to have missed the clues, a new functional nomenclature is proposed to help guide future investigative teams by reversing the burden of proof against ‘mature but makeshift’ solutions….

Image No 2 (R, for ‘Process’) is of a signpost with several pointers to failure and one to success.  The 2011 Atkins/Rolls-Royce SETS paper makes it clear that, of no less than 21 turbine formats studied by an sig 1investigative team involving two other specialist companies working alongside Rolls-Royce – only one was successful, and this with clearly stated potential to apply generically to Tidal Range.  Yet subsequent lack of follow-up has tended by default to perpetuate unwarranted assumptions about bulb turbine performance.   Review is essential to get back to the point of divergence from what seems likely to prove the only path to success.  Such a path cannot lead to commercial scale outcomes without also creating scope for individuals, communities and countries to enlist into a new spirit of collaboration over the processes and plans needed to turn real threats into realisable opportunities…..

Image No 3 (L, for ‘People’) shows – Inset below a familiar figure in characteristic pose – James Lovelock, thechll 1 engineer and environmental scientist.  In his 2006 book ‘The Revenge of Gaia’, Lovelock urges that ‘the immediate need is for secure and reliable sources of energy to keep the light of civilization burning, and in the preparation of our sea defences against rising sea levels’.  A strategy addressing both issues should embrace adaptation and mitigation while optimising  environmental impacts.  This entry invites government at all levels, industry and the public to collaborate in the spirit Lovelock refers to in the same book as a ‘Dunkirk-style sustainable retreat’.   Just as the moral tone for victory in WW2 was set by Churchill’s refusal to abandon the British Army in 1940, so our frontline coastal communities and regions now deserve focused support in their battle to adapt and mitigate.  Success containing eventual sea level rise to 2.5m (see Item 34 in table) will not be easy.  Honestly informed collective effort must start without delay:  ‘give us the tools and we’ll do the job’.