I was very happy to have this break in Essen for REFSQ’2014. The community is really really really cool, welcoming, scientifically helpful. I had really great discussions.
The keynote by Catherine Rolland of KTM Advance was great. Reminds me of my past of hardcore gamer during my undergraduate years.
The industrial keynotes by Sarah Gregory and Joy Beatty were a touch of fresh air, empowered by the mythical quote by Allistair “The Mav” Mavin: “Does the boat float?” while talking of fundamental requirements for an aircraft carrier.
Though my French inspiration would have been to recall that UK withdrawn their collaboration for an aircraft carrier with a common design basis with France, I have to acknowledge that the project was also postponed sine die in France. Yet, I have to keep focus because this quote was really excellent.
It’s a really simple, common, but deep, powerful sentence that reminds us about our primary objectives when we tend to make things too complicated in an unintended, but also sometimes in an intended, way.
So! Does the boat float? A simple question, and I’m not sure that Allistair was figuring out that this question was asked for real in another similar project.
Does the boat float? — a fancy quote about a true real fact that happened a couple of months ago when the Spanish Navy worried about some facts on their submarine S-80 project:
1- the ministry complained about the delays (business as usual)
2- the industrial mentioned they were not completely responsible for that as the navy added several new and complex features on the submarine design during the development (business as usual).
3- The industrial mentioned the accumulation of new developments (between 75 and 100 tons)) may challenge the initial design basis (business as usual)
4- Everyone worried that the submarine won’t be able to operate due to the imbalance in the submarine and that it may completely sink and may not be able to float after diving.
So! Does the boat float?