Throughout the week at the end of each day I have been writing a quick synopsis of what I have done that day. This way I am able to make sure I don’t forget anything exciting!
Triumf Feb 19
Today was my first day. At 9:30 am, Diana collected me from the reception area and brought me to the Communications office, which I will be working in. Diana showed me where I will be working, and introduced me to the whole team. After this we headed over to the company cafeteria and went over the practicum checklist and what project I will be working on. We later had a nice walk through of the main building. After this, I completed online safety courses so I can go to “the other side of the fence” (the area in which the cyclotron and all of the experimental machines are kept). I ate lunch in the facility cafeteria with Diana and then worked all afternoon on familiarizing myself with SFU and what they mean to Triumf as a company. Later in the afternoon I began a rough draft for my pitch to SFU regarding the project.
Triumf Feb 20th
Today has been a day of lots of meetings and and cleaning up a giant file of the blueprint for the cyclotron. We had a full team meeting today (which happens every Tuesday) in which we all said what we were currently working on. I really enjoyed hearing what everyone else on the team is currently doing. Other than that I’ve just been working on cleaning up the schematic for the mural and reaching out to different printing companies to see what the potential cost would be for a vinyl print out of the mural (which is to be 29’x9’!!).
Triumf Feb 21
Command+3 is the best thing that has happened to me today. It is the hotkey for hiding elements in Illustrator. The file that I am working on is a AutoCad file exported as a .dw file brought into Illustrator. The problem with this is that not all of the elements are grouped therefor I have around 100 or more layers to contend with. So, command+3 is my best friend right now. After working on cleaning up the mural, I went on the public guided tour. 30+ people showed up (apparently the usual is around 4-10). This influx of people was thanks to the tour guide posting about it on reddit. Today I was able to used my radiation counter for the first time (clock around 2 bananas worth of radiation!!), which only needs to be used when I go to “the other side of the fence”. In the afternoon I made a few phone calls to different printing companies to confirm the pricing on how much the mural may cost if we do decide to actually print it instead of paint it. I also had a meeting with Diana to go over everything that has happened this week so far.
Triumf Feb 22
Today so far I have just been preparing my proposal for SFU. The main thing that I have been focusing on today is creating mock-ups and writing the copy for the proposition of using a vinyl application or hand painting the mural. Other than that I have been working on brainstorming the digital display and collecting assets for said display (mostly to see what I have at my disposal). Luckily, because Triumf is a publicly owned entity, there is an online database to collect said assets. Unfortunately, because it is a very old publicly owned entity, it is pretty exhausting going through the database because it is very poorly organized. However, I did find some really interesting photos. On Monday Diana and I are going to go over to SFU to give see the area the Mural will be in and take some pictures for our own personal reference. We will also be giving them a copy of the proposal.
Below are a few images I took this week, as well as some really cool photos that I snagged from the archive (click through for larger image).
This week was amazing. I am genuinely appreciating learning all these new things about a field of study that is so different, yet so similar to mine. I am really enjoying meeting all my new co-working and being able to work in this open communication/collaboration based environment. I look forward to all the new challenges and experiences that this practicum will provide me with.