The Christchurch Civic Trust is fighting hard for its retention – and we’ve joined in as well – but the various Engineer’s reports do not make for happy reading.The City Council has signed the death notice, with Mayor Parker referring us to this website which gives links to those reports.It is sounding fairly grim: Well that’s a worry right there – it is not even called the MLC Building.I’m a little concerned that the Council is planning to demolish a building that it doesn’t even know the name of. Designed by two brothers from Tasmania, the building is New Zealand’s first skyscraper.The software is intended to be the input module for an automated head animation system. On CPU Pentium IV 3.0 GHz it achieves average speed of 15 fps, which is almost acceptable for real-time applications.The base for implementation is Open CV computer vision library. When user looks directly to camera, his/her face is detected with Viola-Jones face detector implemented in Open CV.It is widely used in semiconductor manufacturing due to the high ion density and low operating pressure, which can yield high etching rates and better etching uniformity across the wafers.
To fabricate R-QWIP focal plane arrays (FPAs), two optimized ICP etching processes are developed.
As a pathfinder for the SPIRE instrument on Herschel, BLAST shares with the ESA satellite similar focal plane technology and scientific motivation. Our latest array architecture is based on our Backshort Under Grid (BUG) design, which is specifically targeted at producing kilopixel-size arrays for future ground-based, suborbital and space-based X-ray and far-infrared through millimeter cameras and spectroometers.
BLAST had two successful flights, from the Arctic in 2005, and from Antarctica in 2006, which provided the first high-resolution and large-area (~0.8−200 deg) submillimeter surveys at these wavelengths. Wollack We have developed key technologies to enable highly versatile, kilopixel bolometer arrays for infrared through millimeter wavelengths.
The Historic Places Trust website notes that: “This building was built for the New Zealand Express Company in 1905-1906 and at the time of its construction it was the tallest commercial building in Christchurch. Their Christchurch building was designed by Alfred and Sidney Luttrell, who arrived in New Zealand in 1902, and whose principal contribution to the history of New Zealand architecture was the introduction of the Chicago ‘skyscraper’. The foundation and first two storeys of the New Zealand Express building are reinforced concrete.
This was probably, according to Geoffrey Thornton, the first use of reinforced concrete in a commercial building in Christchurch.