Cost Effective, Lightweight (Wood, Plastic and Metal) Underground Construction

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We are seeking partners for applying and developing our patent application No. A/00658/19.09.2016 OSIM Romania related to an Underground Construction made up of wooden pillars and beams, waterproofing resin fiberglass reinforced exterior (thin, corrugated) structural walls and metal connecting elements. It has applicability either for the basements of lightweight buildings or for underground houses, to the depth of approximate 3 meters (1 level).

The pillars and beams are interlocked and embedded within each other by tightening screws through the metal connecting elements. The outer wall is embedded in the beam (up top) and in the concrete screed (down below), all the components taking the lateral thrust force of the earth. These embedding ensures lower stress in the entire structure, thus a reduction of necessary material, and also a fast installation.

Art, Flowers, Industrial Landscapes and Anticipative Memories

(This is a self investigative and anticipative story. The author's suggestion is to read the story first and only then to enter the links.)

This morning I received a question: a flowers' lover sent me a new email with some other photos of his and asking me why didn't I post this one until now:

"Don't you like it? Is it because I do not have a name in art or because I am living here in Resita like you?"


Industry and Flowers in Resita, 2015

...and this photo brought back my memories to tell its story.

The Open Story of Resita’s Industrial Patrimony Art Festival

(The exclusive festival story is emphasized in bold letters in the text below to stand out. The rest is a self questioning mystery story. It is also an open invitation for people and artists from all over the world to come to Resita and create.)

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The motto of the story: Life is goal driven, from what is to what might be. (Mihai Nadin)

The motto of the festival: Resita will also be goal driven, from the derelict industry to the healing and miraculous power of art and life.

A Story of the Story

Usually Friday evenings, my elder boy, who is now 16 years old, goes out with his friends and colleagues from school. He is a good boy and he lets his mother know when he returns later than normal. She tells me too. I go to sleep early and also wake up during the night. Then, if I have new ideas, I write them down. However, on Fridays, I am also checking my boy's room to see if he is home.

So I wrote this story for my boy and for my (younger) brothers, who in my real life don't exist, this being one of my biggest regrets. Now I imagine we are just separated by life, and through a fortunate accident, we had the chance and joy to meet. And, as an elder brother, I wanted to teach them what can't be taught: life itself.

However, my hope is that they'll read even what I didn't write, and so they'll better discover themselves and equally the joy to meet one of their elder brothers. And "interacting with their mind, sensitivity and soul", they'll also notice I already met (some of) my elder brothers, who are and will be their brothers too. From now on till forever.

The Resita Experiment

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Open, Online and Live Presentations, Stories, Debates and Innovation Platform

Interdisciplinary Theme: engineering, innovation, creativity, art, education, entrepreneurship, social-economic sustainability, life and travel. Theoretical and practical content, also approaching the decline and opportunities of the historic industrial city of Resita, Romania, but open to (similar) aspects and contributions from the whole world. In English, with some works and bibliography in Romanian and other languages too.

Target Public: students (bachelor, master, PhD), professionals, public administration, unemployed, entrepreneurs, or anybody interested in the theme.

A Real Story: Frugal Innovation – Fixing a German Writer’s Perfect Car (a Trabant)

This story is about frugal innovation, but especially about Johannes Bettisch (born 1932, Timisoara – deceased 2014, Stuttgart), a German language writer, originating from Romania and a very special character in my life.

During the first years after World War II he was a colleague of my father in a technical school in Timisoara and they were friends. Later, he graduated a Russian class and studied many languages (German and Hungarian as mother tongues; Romanian as the official language; English, and even Chinese and Esperanto). He was a teacher and obtained a PhD in linguistics too. During his military stage he also got an airplane (sport) pilot license.

A Real Story: Greek Music Taming a Shaking German Machine

About The Vangelis’ Equation

Sometimes when I was working the night shift in the factory, I listened to Vangelis music on my headphones.

Once my professor said: “what about trying Vangelis with your machine tool?”. And, unexpectedly for him, I did it. He confessed later that he didn’t even imagine I was so “crazy” to take that seriously. I don’t know if at that time he wanted to provoke or to reprove me, or both.

So I went next to the machine and I listened there to Vangelis for the first time. I didn’t do it earlier because of my restraint towards those workers whom I respected. I have analyzed before, together with my professor, all the possible static equilibrium equations for that 5 axis milling device and nothing: it was vibrating only in some circumstances, apparently without obeying any laws. For sure, in those circumstances, something was happening that we didn’t capture in the mathematical model.

And the magnificent atmosphere induced by Vangelis suddenly brought me a vision: don’t you see or feel the tool wanting to free himself, to evade to the sky, to jump over the piece of metal? At that moment the problem was solved, it just required a huge amount of work. And I did it.

“You can’t imagine how effective your advice was, Vangelis the Greek helped me solve the problem: on one of the 5 axes there is a resistant force that, in some circumstances (the random and “unfortunate” distribution of the depth of the cut, correlated with the tool’s position) becomes a driving force and wants to blow up the German construction.”

“Be calm and modest, we are simple engineers, not geo politicians.”

Engineering, Technology and Innovation Approached as Art (in Educational Travel)


This paper presents the actual crisis and the tendencies of unitarily approaching the basic cores of technology, engineering and artistic professions and education, generated by the present demand of creative skills in the current fast innovating world. As a particular informal educational proposal, it is taking into consideration a synergy between travel and the model of (Romanian) folk art schools, for creating the proper atmosphere of emulative artistic creation and mutual learning opportunities, extended for teaching and even professing (the principles of) engineering and innovation.


The Context of the Engineering and Art Professions in the Current Fast Innovating World
Creativity in Engineering and Innovation
The Artistic Approach on Industrial Arts Can be extended to Engineering Also
The Folk Art Schools – an Emulative Artistic and Informal Learning Atmosphere
George Santayana about Tourists: a Creative, Self-Reflexive Approach
Our Educational Travel Approach

Industrial and Creative Tourism – A Comparative Analysis of Packaged Offers

Industrial tourism as a special interest niche is represented on the market by relatively few packaged offers, each individualized by its supplier. We analyzed the supply (resulting from search engines), according to the mix of objectives (attractions), the duration of the program and the touristic services.

Some local and regional tour operators, especially in the developed countries with industrial heritage of value (Germany, UK and Japan among the most obvious), are packaging industrial attractions with guided tours. Usually these tours last for a few hours, less than a day.

Industry, Nature and Passion in the Specialis’ Travel Film about Resita

First of all I would like to explain two names: Resita and Specialis. Resita is the oldest industrial town in Romania, in the Banat Mountains region, not far from the country’s southwestern border with Serbia. The town’s iron works were grounded by the Austrian Crown in 1771. Specialis is a travel film production house from Belgrade, distributing its films on the National Serbian Television RTS. The connection between the two was established by the good vicinity, the cross border personal and political relations and completed by Google’s search engine.

This is how we, VisitFactories, were introduced into this equation. And this was not by mistake, because Resita’s identity as a travel destination and the VisitFactories’ more globalized approach, are somehow the same, for similar minded people around the world, who additionally love to travel and to discover both near as well as remote places.

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