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botlab:openmeeting_20141028 [2014/10/12 11:27]
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-====== BOTLab committee meeting 30 Aug 2012 ======+====== BOTLab committee meeting 28 October 2014 ======
 ===== Agenda ===== ===== Agenda =====
 +  - Tidy the Space Day
 +  - Organising the Bike Space
 +  - Does anyone know Dave the PC case man?
 +  - Shall we advertise on Bristol Cable? 
 +  - Health & Safety including:
 +    - Gangways
 +    - Adequate operator area for fixed equipment and for associated onlookers
 +    - Trailing extension leads near static power tools e.g the lathe & bandsaw
 +    - Lack of fire extinguishers. We use flammable solvents near a hot extruder on the 3d printer, and are probably going to use paraffin or white spirit to clean cycle parts near the laser cutter.
 +  - Network situation:
 +    - Hosting provider - VPS (Barney)
 +    - In-space network and server cupboard proposal (Barney and Alaric)
 +===== Attendees =====
 +Barney L, Toby Seely, Matt, Nigel C, Jon D, David H, John D, John W, Russell D, Mike H, Toby Scott, Ed R, David W (minute-taker)
- +Apologies: Jamie Loudon, Richard Sewell, Russell 
-===== Attendees ===== +
-  * People+
 ===== Topics discussed ===== ===== Topics discussed =====
-  * Items+  * **Tidy the Space day:** 
 +    * Date to be arranged - before Christmas party => end November 
 +    * Need to do a tip run, probably - at the weekend it'll be quite busy => maybe sort things out for someone to take - various people volunteer to help transport stuff to the tip 
 +    * **Action:** MV will make a Doodle for the date and email the list 
 +    * When: decided to be a weekend daytime rather than evening - one day should do it given that it's fairly tidy at the moment 
 +    * What to do on the day? Make a page on the wiki for members to add 
 +    * Pillar drills: we have 2, DH says one was donated by UWE, the other is TSeely's - apparently Tarim has a use for one at the Pervasive Media Studios 
 +    * Noted that Richard S and Jamie L offer to remove some of the equipment 
 +  * **Bike space organisation:** 
 +    * NC originally suggested this - he observed that many hackspace members are interested in bikes, but there isn't really enough space at the moment to do work on it so it would be a good use of the new space 
 +    * Equipment needed: NC's spare bike stand, a bench and a vice - existing electronic equipment should suffice? 
 +    * Hand tools: we probably have quite a bit, but we may need to buy some bike-specialist tools - NC estimates £50-£100 outlay 
 +    * JW concerned about use of solvents near laser cutters etc. 
 +    * Members present vote to spend £50 of Hackspace funds on tools - **Action:** NC to buy tools and reclaim 
 +  * **"Dave the PC case man" query** 
 +    * No-one knows who this is! To be traced through other avenues  
 +  * **Shall we advertise on Bristol Cable?** 
 +    * [[http://thebristolcable.org/ | The Bristol Cable]] is a local newspaper that's just been set up - they'll be taking adverts in the next issue 
 +    * Debate about whether we need new members - ~75 members for ~6months, jumped to 84 in Sept - but more members is good! 
 +    * Having a bike space would be a good draw for people 
 +    * Observed that Thursday nights are crowded, but the space is very sparsely used for the rest of the time 
 +    * Out of the people here, what do people think? All (13) interested in principle in advertising, but need to know how much - **Action:** MV will find out how much and let the list know 
 +  * Health and safety (proposed by JW) 
 +    * Extension leads behind workshop machines is not desirable - but this should hopefully be covered by the G10 space reorganisation plans (see below) 
 +    * Fire extinguishers: regulations say you have to have to have an evacuation plan and a way of putting out a fire - we don't have this! And we use a number of activities/processes/materials that would be flammable 
 +    * JW suggests we should get a fire safety company to come round and propose what we'd need - would probably be CO2 extinguishers with need for annual service 
 +    * **Actions:** JW offers to look into fire safety for us to establish what we'd need - MV will speak to building owner first to see what fire cover is provided as part of the premises 
 +    * MH brought up the issue of gangways: in factories you need to leave a 4'-ish gangway for fire or other safety, whereas in here it's so crowded it would be difficult to evacuate if we had to (at least on a Thursday) - **Action:** he is happy to make some recommendations to be reviewed at a future meeting 
 +    * Discussion about how to ensure gangways are available - might involve curtailing desk space, but this shouldn't be a problem if we were stricter about limiting occupation of desks by other objects! 
 +    * Need a first aid kit in both rooms, and a system for replenishing it - **Action:** RD offers to acquire another first aid kit and replenish the existing one 
 +    * Need a printed set of instructions so that we can describe to the emergency services where we are located in the event of a fire! 
 +  * **Network/hosting provider:** 
 +    * BL has arranged for a free VPS from Mythic Beasts 
 +    * **Actions:** DW will arrange to pay XtreamLab for hosting for a year in advance from now - in the meantime BL will continue migrating our site to Mythic Beasts, hopefully to be finished well within a year 
 +    * Problem with the wiki - **Action:** BL to talk to Patrick about this 
 +  * **Internal networking in the space:** 
 +    * BL and Alaric propose having an always-on server in the space in a segregated box - partly so it doesn't get turned off by mistake 
 +    * Also for e.g. the switch, so we could install network points around the room... 
 +    * JD offers a wall-mount rack case - will bring it down on a Thursday and/or send measurements/photo - might be useful to have a more adaptable case rather than a standard rack mount 
 +    * BL has also been thinking about having our own internet connection like a domestic ADSL - probably needs building manager's permission => **Action:** MV to ask how he feels 
 +  * **AOB** 
 +    * Christmas Party: noted that a flagon of mead is already on the go! After the space-tidying meeting. Therefore, let's say Thursady 18 December. **Action: MV** will publicise. 
 +    * Sockets on the wall in G10: all in favour in principle, cost £345.60 for the last batch of sockets - MV suggests also asking for a 25A breaker somewhere, but JW suggests it will be machine-dependent. Discussion about whether we need to do this now - conclusion that we won't. **Action:** MV to ask Robert about this. 
 +    * Space organisation proposal: 
 +      * Space immediately on the right after coming into the room will be turned into metalworking/bike space 
 +      * Storage tower to move to the right of the sink? 
 +      * Machining area towards the far end of the room - wood lathe, bandsaw, grinder etc - facing out into the room with a half-height screen in front of them to prevent flying chips/chuck keys 
 +      * Replace one of the wooden benches with a Dyson bench, use it for the bike/general metalwork bench - **Action:** DW to liaise with NC about renting a van to get one to the space 
 +      * Lasercutter extraction: Nic is working on this but is on holiday at the moment - all the parts are here, but no need for a working party as yet. Lasercutter staying where it is. 
 +      * Good to put up shelves everywhere we can! 
 +      * Projector screen - in front of some of the shelves 
 +      * How to organise doing this? Email list, another meeting, wiki page? Probably start on the tidy-the-space day and see how far we go... 
 +    * Buying tools... DH proposes and will look into it - **Action:** DH 
 +    * TScott offers to upgrade the Hackspace PC to Ubuntu - **Action:** TScott
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