As with the series of posts pertaining to GDCode parts I, II, III, and IV, Part V Ground Design is capped with a PDF covering the same subject matter. The role and goal for this expression is to make the material more comprehensible and usable for anyone who is seriously interested.
It attempts to do so with illustrations following every step of textual explanations that can be characterized as running captions. The last page of the PDF includes 3 matters not covered in a post and they are all mathematical: First is house to lot size ratios which has import in avoiding septic problems. Secondly are formulas for the volume of dirt needed to construct wave-based mounds, berms, and embankments. To derive a general expressions applicable to any waveform schemes was a major headache. The approach I took was to first find the volume ratios between the simplest wave integrations and the cylinders defined by their heights and width. I then multiplied this ratio by a generalized cylindrical shell encompassing a real wave with measurable heights and lengths.
Lastly is the correspondence between waveforms’ maximum slopes and the number of maximally-sized circles able to nest into the wave’s concavity – a relationship that has utility and earth tube placement ramifications, and I strongly suspect bears a connection between EM waves and the elementary particles of physics, at least the vast majority of particles that IMO would be better termed ephemerals by reason of their short lifetimes.
Despite multiple problems, distractions, aggravations and challenges going on at once, the 4 parallel projects of this Part V Ground Design was accomplished in record time. I credit this to the mighty computer mouse purchased from the inspiration of a real (kangaroo) mouse named Gilligan (or Gillian if he was a she). Because Gilligan lived in the ground and emerged at night to sometimes demonstrate amazing leaping prowess, I feel it fitting to dedicate this post to him. Gilligan was my best friend for a year of weekly hour visits until a torrential desert storm separated us. He now lives on in the Gilligan memorial computer mouse, my heart, and most importantly in the eternal flame of God called Love, I believe.
As instrumental as the mouse was in this product (also accessible by clicking on the graphic), it also wore me out trying to keep up with its capabilty. Thus I am taking some time off, and should resume posting in about a month on Part VI – Wheel Extrapolations.