SOCORRO @ OCAS
Bijgewerkt op: 23 jun.
We started the day with breakfast at Landsend, next to the ferry terminal and the labs and offices of Endures (an OCAS sister company). After a short walk to Endures, we were welcome and given a tour of their facilities: the labs where long-term testing on corrosion and coatings is performed. One of the key questions, that needs further investigation from Endures' demonstration site (which is aligned with what Martin's data is showing in the Brighton demonstration site), is why are the corrosion rate sensors giving a different reading than that which we get from the mass loss data?
During one of the final group meetings, we discussed the different work packages, reporting back on progress on data collection in the demonstration sites and how the data is being gathered. Resonating with the discussions that took place the day before, Brent's answer when asked about how things were today, "I was happy until this morning when I got an email from my Manta probe". In this statement, we can see the interrelation between tools, environments and life, with the internet of things, and how these things (human and non-human) are interconnected and how technology is not neutral -- as Ihde already discussed in Technology and the lifeworld: from garden to earth (1990) --, but is an agent that has an affective effect on those who have to deal with it regularly.
After a nice lunch break surrounded by the sea around the Endures' headquarters, we returned to continue with presentations related to the project's research and the most important findings on corrosion, particularly on Endures' long-term research on microbial induced corrosion and later on a new approach to sensing corrosion, based on a diffuse ultrasonic Coda Wave Interferometry technique and developed by colleagues in France which Cyril brought to Endures to show us all. The remaining of the afternoon session continued without me, since I had to make my way back on an early train, but before leaving den Helder, we managed to take another group photo: we were here! The SORORRO project is coming to an end for now, but the research into corrosion will continue, slowly but surely, just as corrosion will, but slightly slower we hope: with the right information at hand, it is possible to treat corrosion before it is too late!