Target Rabaul http://targetrabaul.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 05:41:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://targetrabaul.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Target Rabaul http://targetrabaul.com/ 32 32 West Star appoints Richardson as Bombardier project manager https://targetrabaul.com/west-star-appoints-richardson-as-bombardier-project-manager/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:08:15 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/west-star-appoints-richardson-as-bombardier-project-manager/

Derek Richardson becomes Bombardier’s new project manager at West Star Aviation’s East Alton, IL plant.

With over 30 years of experience in aviation services, Richardson previously worked for Standard Aero and Jet Aviation while beginning his career as an airliner/service mechanic with TWA.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue my career with West Star and am delighted to meet the experienced members of the team here at [West Star’s East Alton facility]”, said Richardson.

West Star Aviation specializes in airframe, engine and APU repair and maintenance, avionics installations and repair, major modifications, interior refurbishment, exterior painting, ancillary services and parts.

In addition to its main facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; Chattanooga, TN; and Perryville, MO, West Star Aviation also maintains satellite facilities at Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO; Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX; and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, MN.

The company also provides FBO services for aircraft in transit at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities, as well as AOG/MRT services nationwide.

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Project Architect – San Diego, CA, USA | Works https://targetrabaul.com/project-architect-san-diego-ca-usa-works/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 05:48:48 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/project-architect-san-diego-ca-usa-works/

Flad Architects

Employer:

San Diego, California, United StatesLocation:

Tue 22 Nov ’22Posted on:

Full timeType:

Insight

If you enjoy solving complex challenges in a collaborative environment that celebrates everyone’s ideas, experience and creativity, this could be the opportunity for you. Flad is a national architecture firm, with ten offices across the country, specializing in science, healthcare, academic and workspaces. Flad is a team of creative, smart and energetic people who help our clients solve problems that change people’s lives.

How your days will be spent:

  • Responsible for leadership and coordination with project team members and consultants from project inception through completion.
  • Assist the Project Manager in leading and managing the project team, mentoring staff and representing the company to the client.
  • Deliver design-sensitive projects on time and within budget while making authoritative decisions and recommendations that have a significant impact on the project.
  • Responsible for technical planning and execution of project documents.
  • Participate in client presentations and/or meetings.
  • Plan and coordinate Flad’s internal QA/QC project phase reviews.

What you bring to this position:

Live:

  • Minimum of ten years of architectural experience, with at least five years of recent experience as a project architect leading multi-disciplinary teams required.
  • Experience with one of Flad’s market segments preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of tenant improvements/renovations or preferred basic core and shell construction.
  • Excellent presentation, written, verbal and graphic communication skills essential.

Software:

  • Mastery of Revit required
  • Preferred AutoCAD

Education:

  • Professional degree in architecture required
  • Registration required
  • Preferred sustainability accreditation

Flad offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • hybrid work environment
  • health, dental and vision insurance
  • generous paid holidays and vacation pay
  • financial benefits for health and well-being – retirement savings plan; fiduciary advisor; identity theft plan; Flexible Section 125 benefits, including transit and parking; income protection – life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability; Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • continuing education and career development – ​​internal programs; funds set aside for external programs, licensing and sustainability support, annual professional registration and organization reimbursement

Flad Architects is an equal opportunity employer. Flad will provide equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at 608-238-2661 or email us at humanresources@flad.com.

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]]> Contract Awarded to Project Manager for High River Aquatic Center Expansion – HighRiverOnline.com https://targetrabaul.com/contract-awarded-to-project-manager-for-high-river-aquatic-center-expansion-highriveronline-com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:34:13 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/contract-awarded-to-project-manager-for-high-river-aquatic-center-expansion-highriveronline-com/

High River Town Council has approved some significant changes to its Strategic Priorities Board.

The top priority, the urban plan, has moved into the draft policy stage and is expected to be presented to council later this year or early 2023.

The plan will set the direction for the city’s growth over the next 20 years or more.

The recreational facilities plan has changed for the aquatic facilities expansion which progressed with the assignment of the project manager role last Monday.

WSP won the contract among seven other companies that responded to the RFP.

The Community Connection proposal has been removed from the list and replaced with CCMC: Family Resource Network Subdivision.

This will include planning events at the destination and hiring a staff member to help local businesses, especially downtown.

Finally, there is the examination of the scope of the work to be done on the management of development.

With the master plan nearing completion, it is important to review the functioning of the city to ensure it is ready to move forward with the plan.

General Manager Chris Prosser pointed out that one item that didn’t make the top five, but needs to be moved as a priority, is the Municipal Works Shop.

He told the council that his location, next to the recycling depot, is not suitable and does not meet the needs of the current workforce.

Research and acquisition of a new site will begin in December.

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Swindon Designer Outlet car parks could be redesigned to cope with queues https://targetrabaul.com/swindon-designer-outlet-car-parks-could-be-redesigned-to-cope-with-queues/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 08:52:17 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/swindon-designer-outlet-car-parks-could-be-redesigned-to-cope-with-queues/
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The Designer Outlet Village car parks could be redesigned to solve the congestion problems that have plagued drivers in Rodbourne in recent years.

Councilors have been told traffic on Rodbourne Road is increasing again to pre-pandemic levels.

Councilor Kevin Small told the Borough Council Oversight Committee that as someone who lived in the area, he probably understood the difficulties better than anyone in the room. “The problem is the traffic on the Great Western Way and exiting Rodbourne Road.”

He and fellow Mannington and West councilor Jim Robbins explained that the difficulty of driving along Rodbourne Road and getting to the Great Western Way via the Bruce Street bridges was getting worse and queues of waiting was piling up earlier and earlier.

Sometimes traffic is slow to Faringdon Road roundabout and Westot Place.

Now the resort management has said they want to fix the problem.

Center manager Tina Cumpstey said: “Since 2019 we have introduced new technology in our car parks to speed up the process of removing consumers from the road and we continue to review the design of our car parks.

“From our perspective, we are potentially looking at redesigning our car parks to speed up the removal of traffic from the road.”

Local Democracy journalist Aled Thomas went to see for himself how bad the traffic is on Rodbourne Road.

He traveled the road three times and a trip that should have taken 90 seconds took seven minutes.

He found himself in a queue caused by difficulties in accessing the Bruce Street Bridges roundabout where part-time traffic lights operate.

You can see how Aled fared by clicking on this link.

I drove down Rodbourne Road, jammed with traffic (three times)

The council said it would conduct a traffic investigation to determine how best to resolve the problem.

In November 2018, at a meeting hosted by Small Council, council leader David Renard was told about the problems of local residents who complained of missing visits from children or grandchildren because ‘they couldn’t reach their streets through traffic, and if they did, they couldn’t park.

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Architect – New York, NY, USA | Works https://targetrabaul.com/architect-new-york-ny-usa-works/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 23:44:45 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/architect-new-york-ny-usa-works/

DVLPR is looking for highly motivated architects with experience building from scratch for immediate hire. The ideal candidate should also be interested in innovative, concept-driven solutions and working in a small, growing studio. Projects range from cultural buildings and projects to a remote private residence.

We are looking for Design Architects with experience in all phases to assist in the design, development and production of all necessary documents, drawings, models and images related to the architectural process. The ideal candidate should be interested in joining a small business and helping it grow.

The ideal candidate has strong experience in the schematic development and design phases, working on presentation drawings and renderings, as well as setting up architectural ensembles. Good drafting ability and a strong 3D modeling talent with the ability to produce clean, well-lit renderings and working diagrams for easy project review and development is a plus.

Exceptional candidates with varying levels of experience will be considered. Hybrid/in-person and remote work may be considered.

ARCHITECT

· Professional or graduate degree in architecture

3-5+ years of experience working in an architectural office

· Strong conceptual, graphical and design skills exemplified in a comprehensive portfolio

Strong skills in AutoCAD, 3D Max, Rhino, Adobe Suite

Strong rendering skills, preferably Vray

Experience working on complex projects in all phases

Confidence to work collaboratively in a dynamic and international environment

· Proficiency in spoken and written English

· Ability to assist in the production and development of all documents, drawings, models, images, diagrams, etc. necessary related to the design and construction process

Experience working in the construction documentation, (technical) detailing, project-related materials sourcing and complex problem solving phases at all scales

Fundamental understanding of the design process and ability to create stunning architectural designs and translate them into actual construction projects

Ability to liaise with consultants to evaluate design solutions and ensure integrity of final design

· Good interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work well in a team

· Licensed to practice architecture in the United States (or in the process of obtaining a license) is a plus

DVLPR (pronounced developer) is a design studio committed to a proactive role for architectural practice. The studio’s portfolio encompasses a wide range of cultural, residential and commercial projects, including exhibition design, artist support, scenography and activism. For several years, culminating in 2022, the studio worked closely with Sub in Berlin on the global rebranding of Balenciaga’s architectural campaign and set design for Paris fashion week. DVLPR regularly works at the intersection of art and architecture and has done important cultural projects with artists and institutions such as Kevin Beasley at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Cady Noland at the Museum für Moderne Kunst. More recently, the studio completed a major commission with artist Timur Si-Qin at Meta’s new headquarters in New York.

More information about DVLPR here https://archinect.com/dvlpr

Please submit a PDF of your portfolio, CV and cover letter to dvlpr@dvlpr.info with Architect in the subject line. Links to portfolios will not be reviewed



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]]> The project manager announces a timetable for the collection of construction and demolition debris from the roadsides of the island https://targetrabaul.com/the-project-manager-announces-a-timetable-for-the-collection-of-construction-and-demolition-debris-from-the-roadsides-of-the-island/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:23:46 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/the-project-manager-announces-a-timetable-for-the-collection-of-construction-and-demolition-debris-from-the-roadsides-of-the-island/

What do you do with over 20,000 cubic meters of landscape debris? Other than making a really big salad for a beaver, squeezing your own three-tier paper rolls, or making a bonfire visible from space… not much else except for grinding it into mulch.

The mountains of debris at the end of Wheeler Road will soon disappear, as a very large chipper has to be brought to the island by barge. After being taken to Wheeler Road he will begin what could be one of the biggest jobs of his little mechanical life, chipping and shredding so many cubic yards of wood into tiny pieces.

When this Herculean task is complete, a bed of mulch will be placed on the property where the construction and demolition debris will be deposited. Then this pickup will begin.

Although a good majority of this type of debris is harmless, some components could be. This is why a platform must be laid before dumping it on the Wheeler Road land.

Most of our construction debris consists of insulation, drywall, concrete blocks, wood, shingles, plaster, some electrical conduit, bricks, etc.

However, some pre-treated woods and varnished woods can be considered hazardous, as can items containing asbestos or lead-based paint. Some piles of household debris may include cans of paint/paint thinner, caulk, adhesives, or heavy-duty cleaners.

There are many items in our homes that are considered hazardous to our soil and groundwater, so this next step in the cleaning process can be a little more laborious.

If you or your cleaning crew keep throwing things on the sidewalk, it’s good to remember the characteristics of trash.

Flammability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity are the four types to keep in mind. There are certain types of household products that should never be mixed, some that can ignite if they get too hot in the sun, others that can create a problem if spilled. While most of these items are self-explanatory, it’s always good to be safe and separate them from the rest of the pile. You can always contact the Boca Grande Fire Department during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at (941) 964-2908 if you have questions about waste codes for potentially hazardous household materials.

Also remember that regular garbage containing food should not be mixed with C&D debris. “Regular” garbage, so to speak, should be kept in the regular collection bins which are picked up on Thursdays.

Across the county, more than 91,000 cubic meters of debris per day was collected by 138 debris trucks, each pulling a trailer.

If you see an illegal dumping, get the best possible description of the vehicle and the people involved. Then contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line, (239) 477-1000.

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CT house built by an architect in Yale’s secret society listed for $4 million https://targetrabaul.com/ct-house-built-by-an-architect-in-yales-secret-society-listed-for-4-million/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 21:25:02 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/ct-house-built-by-an-architect-in-yales-secret-society-listed-for-4-million/ An Old Lyme home has roots in Connecticut beyond its location in the state of Nutmeg.

Listed for $4 million, the home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme lives up to its address with its views over the River Lieutenant. Dubbed “Westwind,” the house was built as a “neoclassical revival” by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers, according to the listing. Rogers enrolled at Yale in the fall of 1885, according to his biography, and at the end of his freshman year at the school he was “selected as one of sixteen students to be inducted into the secret elite Yale Scroll and Key Society”.

One of the many secret societies in the New Haven institution, the Scroll and Key Society was founded in 1841 by a few students who had not been recruited to the Skull and Bones Society – one of “The Big Three” and one of his best known. known. The Scroll and Key Society had a more “serious and literary” reputation, according to a 2012 New Haven Register article on the societies, and its alumni include “former Yale President A. Bartlett Giamatti, musician Cole Porter, Dr. Benjamin Spock and his descendants. of the Mayflower families,” as well as several Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and famous “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau.

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The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed. The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.


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The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed.  The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.

The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed. The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.


Dennis Carbo Photography / Contributed Photo

The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed.  The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.

The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed. The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.


Dennis Carbo Photography / Contributed Photo

The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed.  The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.

The home at 4 Lieutenant River Lane in Old Lyme, Connecticut has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a shed. The house was designed by Yale-educated architect James Gamble Rogers.


Dennis Carbo Photography / Contributed Photo


The 4 Lieutenant River Lane house in Old Lyme has a three season porch, river access and a shed with a loft. (Dennis Carbo Photography/Contributed Photos)

As Rogers’ biography notes, his membership in the company led him to befriend Edward Harkness, the namesake of Waterford’s Harkness Park and the “son of Stephen Harkness who had associated with John D Rockefeller to form the Standard Oil Company”. This friendship helped Rogers after graduation land architectural commissions for projects endowed by the Harkness family, according to his biography. A Yale profile on Rogers’ grandson (who is also an architect and a Yale graduate of the Class of 1968) notes that the general plan and most of the neo-Gothic buildings on the Yale campus were designed by Rogers.

The Old Lyme House bears some of Rogers’ “trademark” features, such as “galleries of French doors on either side of the house”, as well as hand-hewn beams and curved walls. According to the listing, the main house has four fireplaces with wide maple floors, as well as a three-season porch and a formal dining room that leads to a library-family room. The original kitchen has been converted into a butler’s pantry, the ad notes, while the great room includes the current kitchen, walk-in pantry and living space.

The master suite in the main house features a fireplace, walk-in closet, and three-season lanai, while the remaining five bedrooms and two full bathrooms in the house are on the upper level. A two-bedroom carriage house includes a living room with a fireplace, a kitchen with a dining area, an artist’s studio and a third-floor loft, the ad notes. Overall the property has 7,386 square feet of living space.

While Lt. River Lane’s home is listed at $4 million, homes in the area tend to have a lower sale price. According to national real estate brokerage firm Redfin, the median selling price of a home in the 06371 Old Lyme postcode is $547,125 in September 2022. notes, while hot homes – or those expected to be among the most competitive on the market – can sell for 3% above list price and be on hold in about 20 days.

The 4 Lieutenant River Lane house is listed by Sotheby’s International Realty – Madison Brokerage and is presented by Janet Peckinpaugh (860-985-3659).

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Project Manager – Architect II/III – San Antonio, TX, US | Works https://targetrabaul.com/project-manager-architect-ii-iii-san-antonio-tx-us-works/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 22:43:59 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/project-manager-architect-ii-iii-san-antonio-tx-us-works/

THE ROLE

As a Project Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating a team effort on projects ranging from residential areas to a wide variety of civic and commercial buildings, including churches, mixed-use buildings, the hospitality and institutional projects. The project manager must ensure that the team, both internal and external, works efficiently and meets the design intent, schedule and budget. This involves analyzing progress and communicating any needs to employees.

  • Oversee the architectural process from initial design through construction administration for medium to large scale projects with many complexities; delegate tasks between the project team and consultants
  • Strategically manage the project team to ensure client expectations are met with respect to design intent, budgets, estimates and schedules for assigned projects
  • Participate in all phases of design, scoping, selection of study items, and development of new concepts and methods
  • Resolve difficult technical and design issues with the team to produce innovative, technical and buildable solutions
  • Lead the development of design and construction documents
  • Assist junior staff in creating and maintaining internal project management systems
  • Work with the team to perform site analysis and code review
  • Collaborate with principals to deliver client presentations to provide clear and effective design solutions

SKILLS

  • Professional degree in architecture from an accredited school
  • 8 to 10 years of work experience in architecture
  • 5+ years of project management experience
  • Mastery of AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of building codes, design standards and permits
  • Interest in historical precedents, urbanism and new urbanism, craftsmanship and materiality an asset
  • Excellent attention to detail and resourceful
  • Strong leadership, organizational, communication and relationship management skills

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Full Benefits: Medical – 70% Company Paid
  • Paid vacation – 14 ½ paid vacations, including Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day
  • Simple IRA with 3% match after 90 days of employment
  • Bonus Opportunities
  • Reimbursement of certain professional licenses and associated renewal and examination fees
  • Tuition reimbursement for certain eligible programs or courses
  • Flexible hours offered

Job type: Full time

Advantages:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid vacation
  • Pension plan
  • Tuition reimbursement

Program:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to move/move:

  • San Antonio, TX 78212: Reliably commute or plan to move before you start work (required)

Live:

  • Project management: 5 years (Preferred)

Place of work: A location



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Tribute to the patron of Bury’s RGP architect, Terry Ratcliffe MBE https://targetrabaul.com/tribute-to-the-patron-of-burys-rgp-architect-terry-ratcliffe-mbe/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/tribute-to-the-patron-of-burys-rgp-architect-terry-ratcliffe-mbe/ A well-known Bury businessman who left a lasting legacy on the city’s architecture has died aged 88.

Terry Ratcliffe, MBE, was a pioneer in the development of out-of-town retail stores and was born and raised in Bury on Laurel Street.

He has had a huge impact locally and in retail architecture across the UK during his career.

Terry was the only child of Jack and Alice Ratcliffe, who ran various pubs on Rochdale Road, before running a fish and chip shop in the 1960s.

Burial Time: Terry Ratcliffe, MBETerry Ratcliffe, MBE (Picture: Public)

Terry was a keen athlete on the track, roads, countryside, hills and mountains, presiding over the Bury Athletic Club for over 40 years, having joined at the age of 12.

He went to the School of Architecture at the University of Manchester and met Molly Adlem, from Bury, before they married in 1956 while still a student.

They bought Ivy House in Holcombe Brook which remained their family home for 50 years and had four children together.

The same year their twins were born, in 1965, meaning there were four children under the age of four in the house at that time, Terry started his own business, RGP Architects.

He worked hard to grow his business and pursued his passion for running and athletics in his spare time.

His company went on to develop many buildings in Bury, including Craig and Humphrey House, and The Barracks, a luxury office conversion of a former MOD quartermaster store.

Read more: Terry is the architect behind 50 years of business success

Burial Time: Terry Ratcliffe, MBETerry Ratcliffe, MBE (Picture: Public)

In 1972 he also redeveloped the Bury Unitarian Church site on Silver Street, which included an office block and a new church which opened in 1974.

He was said to be proud of this development and often said that there were very few living architects who could claim to have designed and built a new church.

He loved to travel, especially abroad, and the work he undertook with the YMCA allowed him to visit Siberia and Eastern Europe several times as well as Colorado, Aruba in Venezuela, Argentina among other destinations.

He encouraged his family to travel and played a key role in the creation of the YMCA linked Interrail program in Europe and he even sent the twins on one of their very first Interrail summer trips in 1982.

Terry was also a magistrate in Bury for 17 years and in 1987 was awarded an MBE for his extensive charity work and work with young people, particularly with the YMCA.

In the 1990s RGP Architects had offices in London, Perth, Glasgow and Luton, but the head office always remained in Manchester Road, Bury, where it remains today.

For the past few years, Terry has been living with his second wife Trish in Newchurch, Rossendale, and they have vacationed together returning to their favorite place of St. Lucia on several occasions.

For the past few years, Trish has dedicated her time to caring for Terry as his mobility diminished.

His extreme running challenges, which he took on in his 60s, may have contributed to his health in his later years, but he did not regret doing the activity, such was the pleasure he removed it.

Speaking to The Bury Times in 2015, Terry reflected on the previous five decades of his life.

He said: “We’ve been through many recessions, seen different governments and had an amazing journey.

Burial Time: Terry Ratcliffe, MBETerry Ratcliffe, MBE (Picture: Public)

“Few companies reach 50 and I am proud to have great staff and customers who have supported us over the years.

“I am also proud to have trained more than 70 young people since the creation of the company.”

Aged 81 at the time, he was still working full time.

After a short illness, Terry passed away peacefully at his home in Newchurch on October 29.

Trish, his four children, two stepchildren and 11 grandchildren all paid tribute and shredded their memories of weekends spent traveling to watch him run or visit a construction site.

His funeral will take place on Thursday, November 17 at the parish church in Bury.

The service will begin at 10:15 a.m. and only family flowers have been requested.

The family also added that donations or checks should be made payable to the YMCA or Rossendale Hospice.

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Oculus designer says he built a murder VR headset • The Register https://targetrabaul.com/oculus-designer-says-he-built-a-murder-vr-headset-the-register/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://targetrabaul.com/oculus-designer-says-he-built-a-murder-vr-headset-the-register/

Palmer Luckey, maker of the device that became the cornerstone of Mark Zuckerberg’s crumbling metaverse empire, has developed a new headset with a twist: it can kill real-life players when they die in virtual reality.

Lest the idea of ​​a billionaire in possession of a murder helmet bother you, Luckey said it’s still just a piece of desktop art.

The entrepreneur developed the first Oculus headset and sold his company to Facebook in 2014 for 2 billion dollars. He apparently used some of his fortune and spare time to develop a less advanced version of the headset from Sword Art Onlinea Japanese novel, manga, and anime series, which Luckey says will shoot users in the head with three explosive charges when it detects too much red light on the screen.

In Sword Art Online the situation is a little more advanced: the fictional headset, called NerveGear, is not so much a pair of VR goggles as a direct brain interface that overwhelms a person’s senses, making their VR experience completely real.

The premise of the series involves the creator of said game and headset trapping thousands of players in the virtual world of Aincrad, with the only escape being to reach the 100th floor of the game’s main dungeon.

The NerveGear creator also developed the massively multiplayer online role-playing game that gives the series its title, but slipped a secret code into the device that, if the player dies in Sword Art Online, uses microwaves to fry his brain and kill him.

These kinds of stakes are the only way to make a video game “feel” truly real, at least according to Luckey, who said that in a blog post. “It’s an area of ​​video game mechanics that has never been explored, despite the long history of real-world sports revolving around similar issues.”

Luckey said the “good news” in his post is that he’s halfway to creating a real-world NerveGear, but so far he’s failed to develop the perfect VR half. of the system, which he says will take many years. “So far, I’ve only discovered the half that kills you.”

Lethal microwave-producing devices don’t fit in a helmet, Luckey said, so instead of those he opted for three explosive charge pods which he cryptically said he “usually used”.[s] for another project.” This fee is related to narrowband photoelectric sensors that can detect when the headset’s screen flashes red at a certain frequency “making game-over integration on the developer’s part very easy” , Luckey said.

When the correct game screen appears, “charges fire, instantly destroying the user’s brain.”

Expect More From Murder Helmet 2

Luckey’s time at Meta, née Facebook, finished in 2017shortly after Oculus lost a lawsuit that found it guilty of copyright infringement of software owned by game studio ZeniMax, and Luckey personally guilty of violating an NDA with the software company .

Prior to this, Luckey was revealed as the source of $10,000 paid to pro-Trump internet trolls, causing several Oculus developers to boycott the platform and demand the firing of the Oculus founder. Luckey was sidelined at Facebook when the company hired someone else to lead its virtual reality efforts, and two months later he “resigned” from the company.

In addition to building killer VR headsets in his spare time, Luckey went on to found defense technology company Anduril Industries, which develops autonomous technology for the US government. The company has obtained several government contracts totaling over $1 billion.

The billionaire said his killer new headset is far from a perfect system right now.

For example, he needs an anti-tamper mechanism, which Luckey said he’s been working on — for the art, of course. He also fears that the photosensors could fail, leading to the death of a user at the wrong time. To circumvent this, “the final trigger should really be tied to a high-intelligence agent who can easily determine if the termination terms are actually correct,” Luckey said.

AIas we all know, never makes errors.

Until Luckey can tear himself away from defense contracts and online trolling, his version of the NerveGear will only serve as “a stimulating reminder about the uncharted paths of game design,” he said. he declares. It’s the first VR headset outside of fiction that can kill its user, Luckey said, but noted ominously that “it won’t be the last.” ®

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