Kaelynn D’Amico

Richard Visscher P.Eng. (retired) and Trevor Judd P.Eng. designed the bridge work and we donated the engineering of this bridge that students from Okanagan Christian School built during their spring break in Nicaragua!! The bridge construction was completed in 10 working days with mechanical aids other than a wheelbarrow size cement mixer.

 

 

So as many of you know, Richard is an avid pilot and recently he had the opportunity to use his piloting skills toward a humanitarian effort that will benefit Guyana, South America for years to come;

Here is Richard’s story of his amazing experience.

We started out our trip just before 4 pm from Spirit of St Louis airport (on Tuesday January 30th) and after an hour we were flying thru the night skies to end up after 3.7 hours in Eufaula, Alabama for the night.  Wednesday morning January 31st we got to the airport for an early 7:30 am departure but it took us 1/2 hour to deice the wings! In Alabama! Who new!

Another 3.7 hours and after a diversion into Orlando Class B airspace to get around a restricted area we arrived at Fort Lauderdale and Banyon FBO.  There we fueled up again and rented a life raft. After getting our clearance and taxi instructions we were cleared to takeoff over the water!  Another 2.7 hours and we stopped in Exuma, Bahamas.  Great breakfast at a new hotel that just opened that morning.  Too bad we didn’t stay there.

Thursday February 1st we flew 2.3 hours to Turks and Caicos where we stayed at the nicest hotel of the whole trip.  The FBO charged us $550 USD for everything including $168 in fuel, communications fees, navigation fees, landing fees, ramp fees, parking fees, customs fees,  immigration fees, flight planning and filing fees, departure fees and of course airport taxes, country tax, and island tax.  It was nice (but not that nice).  I did get to the beach for a few minutes.

On Friday the 2nd we flew 4.3 hours to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.  It was raining very hard as we came in and the Approach control was urging me to go as fast as I could.  He called the airport Marginal IFR the second I landed!  Tired of the fees of T&C we cleared our own way into the country and tied down at a public ramp next to some aircraft that had been destroyed in the Hurricane of last summer and fall.  The whole island was really devistated from the hurricanes and relief workers were everywhere.

Saturday the 3rd we flew 3.7 hours to Grenada all over open water, no Islands.  By that time we had come to trust the airplane.  Granada was great!

Sunday the 4th was our last leg in N82HS flying 3.4 hours into Georgetown Guyana.  We quickly cleared customs etc. but we did not get permission to fly the plane in country.  AWA had applied in mid December but they are still waiting for some “minister” to sign the last paper.

 

So 23.6 hours of flight time, 2685 nautical miles and 7 legs later I thought that I was done my mission…..

 

We flew in the other Cessna 182 to the Wings for Humanity Mission base in Mabaruma 1.4 hours north again, almost on the Venezuela border.  This is where the plane will be put to work, flying people out of the jungle that need emergency medical attention.  I stayed 3 nights in the “house” there and spent the next day fixing the mission boat, then 2 days engineering the foundation for a hangar that was donated to them and meeting with a local contractor to negotiate pouring the foundation.  I also wrote out instructions on how to erect the building.  They had 2 “cartoon” drawings of the building so I marked them up with instructions as well.  I really want to know how that ends up.

So last Wednesday was a day off and we flew to the south  of the country to see the 1000 foot high falls at Kaieteur National Park.  The weather was poor with clouds down low and I got a taste of what it is really like to fly a mission plane;  When your GPS says you are over the airport you look for a hole in the clouds, spiral down, look around and hope that you can maneuver onto the runway, otherwise you just spiral back up.

We went back to Georgetown that afternoon and flew out the next morning to Miami, caught an Uber to return the life raft and flew out of Fort Lauderdale to Seattle and home to Kelowna Friday morning.

I am anxious to show you pictures, way too many to include here but one of the islands & water and another of my room in Mabaruma.Jud told me that my next trip will be to Uganda in a Cessna 182!  Next summer….

We are pleased to announce that ROV Consulting Inc. is now offering Energy Engineering services for every step of the BC Energy Step Code (BCESC).

  • The BCESC takes a new, performance-based approach rather than the traditional prescriptive approach. Hence it does not specify how to construct a building, but identifies an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designers/builders choose how to meet it.
  • To comply with the BC Energy Step Code, designers/builders must work with a Certified Energy Advisor (CEA) to apply energy modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both design and the construction meet the requirements of the BCESC.
  • The new standard empowers designers/builders to pursue innovative, creative, cost-effective solutions, and allows them to incorporate leading-edge technologies to build energy-efficient houses.

We recommend our clients start working with a CEA and familiarize themselves with the BCESC application, before local municipalities set bylaw requirements to meet one or more steps of the BCESC in the near future. Our in-house CEA, Bahar Reza uses her expertise for energy modelling, airtightness testing, and meeting performance-based requirements. She can work with you through application of the BCESC, as well as for rebate programs, labeling and certification programs (i.e. EnerGuide Rating, Energy Star, R2000, Passive House, Net Zero House), building permit, density bonus, or other available incentives.

 

Call or email Bahar to book an initial consultation for your upcoming projects:

Dr. Bahareh Reza, P.Eng., Ph.D., CEA

Structural Engineer and Certified Energy Advisor

Certified Passive House and Net-zero House Designer

P: (250) 860-0412 ext. 209

M: (250) 801-3901

E: bahar@rovconsulting.ca

 

The Dilworth Homes golf tournament / ROV consulting prize winner Kelly Dodd got to enjoy a flight with Richard up in his Stemme glider plane.

ROV Consulting Inc are pleased to announce that Mahdi Yazdinezhad P.Eng. is now a Managing partner and Dr. Bahareh Reza P.Eng. PhD is a now partner in the firm.

Mahdi Yazdinezhad P.Eng.

ROV Consulting Engineering Kelowna Team Mahdi

Mahdi joined ROV in 2010. He has developed expertise in a wide variety of structures including commercial, industrial and multi-story residential buildings. He has a Master of Applied Science from UBC with focus on the seismic design and upgrading of existing structures. Mahdi has the experience of engineering with different construction materials and is always versatile in coming up practical and innovative solutions.

Dr. Bahareh P.Eng.PhD.
Structural Engineering Consultants | ROV Consulting

Bahareh has more than 8 years of professional experience as Structural Engineer. Furthermore, she received her Ph.D. degree with specialty in Building Energy Engineering. She is the author of several peer-reviewed journal papers in prestigious engineering journals. Bahareh can provide a wide range of structural engineering services such as residential and industrial structures, marinas, guardrails, signs, glass (railings, stairs, steps). In addition, she is also an expert in building energy engineering services such as: BCBC Part 9.36 and 9.36.5 performance-path building energy analysis; certified Passive House and Net-Zero House design; building energy modelling for energy/cost optimization, on-site building envelope inspecting and blower-door testing.

Please join us in congratulating Trevor Judd P.Eng. on receiving his P.Eng. certificate.

Congratulations to Dr. Bahareh Reza, P.Eng. PhD in becoming Passive House Designer Certified

Josh Meier is joining ROV Consulting Inc, as our Structural Technologist. His first day will be October 5th,2016. Josh has over 7 years of experience in building residential custom homes, and multi-family housing. He worked as a Jr. Project manager during a Co-op work term for a 26-unit housing development, and earned an AutoCAD Skills Certificate in 2012.

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