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Profiling the Edge of a (Man-Made) Granite Countertop - Toolocity Makes It Easy!

January 30, 2012 - After a restless night of sleep, we arrived back at the building early on Saturday to survey the damage in the light of day. Blackmon Mooring worked until midnight, and their crew of 20-25 workers did an excellent job of removing much of the wet and damaged insulation. But much like an iceberg, the actual damage turned out to be much greater than what we first surveyed that morning. The fireman had used a great deal of water and foam in the attic, and we determined that all the…

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The Cleanup Work Begins - Days 2 and 3 - Gut, Remove Clean and Dehumidify

January 29, 2011 -On Saturday morning the cleaning crews from Blackmon Mooring arrived in mass. At times there were at least 25 people working on all areas of the building. The company was also hired by Silver Rock Productions to clean their offices (first and second floor). They did a really good job by removing the small objects and cleaning them by hand. The walls and furniture were cleaned and the rugs shampooed. The air ducts were also cleaned.  They also have an technician who…

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epic Creative Co-Op Suffers a Fire in the Studio - Everyone is OK, but the Studio is a Mess.

January 27, 2012 - Tough day today. We had a fire in the epic Creative Co-Op. The good news is no one was hurt, but the studio portion of the building suffered extensive damage.  The day started off fine, but at 8:45am, Mike Huffine of Silver Rock Productions arrived and saw smoke coming out of the back of the building. He entered and realized the smoke was indeed from a fire inside the studio. He immediately came to my office, called 911 and he and I went out to see what we could…

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Lighting Grid Work Continues - Grid Travels From Floor To Ceiling in 2 Minutes!

January 20, 2012 - For the past two weeks we have been working on the lighting grid in the studio. This is a precision job with lots of moving parts (literally). Adam and Cliff began by fabricating the individual trusses they built in late December. Metal elbows and tees were welded in place. 3 inch heavy duty utility straps were affixed to turnbuckles connected to metal bars running across ceiling joists in the attic. These joists were engineered to take the weight of the grid (right now about 1000…

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Building the Overhead Studio Lighting Grid - Installing Gutters and Downspouts

January 2,2012 - Happy New Year! It is really amazing that a year ago we had just finished setting the 11 cargo containers, and today we are down to just a short punch-list of items remaining to get the building finished. Over the past couple of weeks we got the rest of the trim done, and turned our attention to installing gutters and downspouts and building the lighting grid for the studio. The Aluminum Composite Panels from Mitsubishi and Grupo Daissa made a great deal of difference to the building.…

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KHOU Channel 11 (CBS Houston) Rents epic Creative Co-Op for Video Shoot

January 5, 2012 - Ready or not the epic Creative Co-Op hosted its first video production shoot for KHOU Channel 11 (the CBS affiliate here in town) for a commercial this week. Although we still have work to do on the overhead lighting grid, the folks at the station said it was not a problem. When they arrived, I understood why - they came with an over sized truck loaded with all kinds of gear. To say it was impressive would be an understatement! Chris, the Director of the shoot for KHOU quickly put…

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Deck, Ramp, and Studio Floor Coating - Armorpoxy II and ArmorTex - Part II of II

December 18, 2011 - Following up on the work we started last week, this week we finished using the Armorpoxy products on both the exterior wood surfaces and the studio floor. ArmorTex was used to coat the wooden decks and ramp while Armorpoxy II was used on the studio floor. Both products were easy to apply, and we are confident will provide us with years of great service. We covered the application of the ArmorTex product in our previous blog entry, so in this one we will focus on the Armorpoxy…

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Immersive Photography – The Nodal Ninja Our Choice for Panoramic Photos

December 6, 2011 - Several years ago we got a call from BJ Services who was in the market for a virtual tour of The Blue Dolphin, the largest production ship in the world. They sent us a link to a model home tour from a local real estate company and asked if we could create something like that for their ship. The interactive tour played on a small section of the screen, did not allow for full up and down viewing, and the only hot spots were links to other rooms in the house. This tour was…

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