News Article | April 17, 2017
Salmon recovery nonprofit Long Live the Kings (LLTK) has partnered with Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Inc. to develop Survive the Sound, an innovative new way for people of all ages to learn about steelhead—Washington’s State Fish—and contribute to their recovery. Survive the Sound is the first ever endurance race for wild steelhead. It uses real data, obtained from sophisticated transmitters implanted in the fish, to track steelhead’s migration from release points in south Puget Sound and Hood Canal to the Pacific Ocean. From now until May 7, Survive the Sound participants can sponsor the fish of their choice with a minimum $25 donation. Beginning on May 8, sponsors will watch as their fish embark on a harrowing 12-day journey—avoiding predators, fighting disease, and navigating obstacles—on their way to the Pacific. Email and text alerts will signal to sponsors when their steelhead have made it beyond important milestones, and even when the fish have perished due to any of the myriad struggles they encounter on their migration route. Prizes will be awarded to sponsors who build the biggest school, who have the most survivors, whose fish have the fastest average speed and travel the greatest average distance. Throughout the Survive the Sound experience, sponsors will learn about steelhead, the challenges they face in the Salish Sea, and what is being done to recover imperiled populations. All fish sponsorships support Long Live the Kings, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been working to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. Each year, wild steelhead are captured as they are making their way downriver from their natal streams. LLTK and partners implant the fish with tracking devices, each of which emits a unique acoustic ping. The steelhead are then tracked by researchers who triangulate their position with receivers that have been placed in the water in various locations around Puget Sound. The steelhead available for sponsorship through Survive the Sound represent real fish, using data that depicts real survival outcomes for the entire population. This work is part of the larger Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, an international US/Canada effort to determine why certain species of salmon and steelhead are dying in the combined marine waters of Puget Sound and Strait of Georgia. Currently, only 20% of wild steelhead survive their trek through the saltwater environment of Puget Sound. They’re now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Unless we can better understand the reasons for steelhead’s decline in Puget Sound and mitigate the threats they face, there is serious concern that steelhead may slip into extinction. Survive the Sound provides scientists with important new data about steelhead’s lifecycle, gives the public an opportunity to engage with wild steelhead in a fun and interactive new way, and raises essential funds for Long Live the Kings’ salmon and steelhead recovery projects. To learn more, visit http://www.survivethesound.org and http://www.lltk.org. Follow LLTK on Facebook. Opportunities are available to experience the science behind Survive the Sound in action. To schedule, contact Lucas Hall: 206.382.9555, x30 or lhall(at)lltk.org.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Mannco Wastewater & Soil Solutions, a leading U. S. biosolids management company, and Vulcan® Systems, an industry leader in organic waste drying and pelletizing systems, are proud to announce their joint development of a new biosolids drying technology and their exclusive partnership to offer and sell such technology, and to use such technology to provide total biosolids management services, to municipal wastewater treatment plants in the U. S., Mexico, and Cuba. Vulcan® and Mannco have jointly developed a mobile, scalable, low cost, energy efficient biosolids drying system that produces a pathogen free, uniform size and weight Exceptional Quality (EQ) biosolid prill that can be used in row crop agriculture and on pastures, turf grasses and landscaped spaces, blended with commercially produced fertilizers, and land applied using the most advanced fertilizer applicators. Through this partnership, municipalities now have a risk free, sustainable, and complete biosolids management solution that will not require that they invest in expensive biosolids drying equipment or be responsible for the hiring and managing of employees who are responsible for the operation and maintenance of biosolids drying equipment or the removal of thermal dried biosolids from their plants. As the 3rd largest purchaser and reseller of EQ biosolids in the U. S., Mannco and its Top Choice Organic TM brand of biosolids are well known and established in the industry. At its core, Mannco is a proponent of protecting the environment and improving the fertility and productivity of America’s farmland using renewable resources. “Maintaining soil fertility, preventing the steady depletion of organic matter in topsoils, and protecting our water resources are major challenges that will have to be solved by today’s farmers. There is no better product on the market today to help our farmers accomplish these objectives than thermal dried EQ biosolids, which contain an abundance of organic nitrogen and carbon. It is our goal to be the leading producer, distributor and reseller of the highest quality of EQ biosolids offered in the U. S. agricultural market,” stated Bradley Mannis, CEO of Mannco. Extending its biosolids management solutions, with the Vulcan® Systems partnership, provides yet another way for Mannco to do just that. Vulcan® Systems has extensive experience in manufacturing equipment to produce Class A PFRP dry pelletized fertilizer from biosolids, animal manure, and organic waste. Vulcan® Systems’ and Mannco’s containerized biosolids drying system comes complete with skiffs for storing and transporting the factory preassembled system, which can be easily and quickly deployed without major infrastructure or building construction. Automated controls and advanced instrumentation, along with simple, reliable operation, ensure the safe and steady processing of wet biosolids to produce a high quality Class A, EQ biosolid in compliance with EPA 503 Title 40 regulations. Preston Whitney, Vice President of Business Development for Vulcan® Systems, stated, “What really appealed to us about Mannco is its dedication to providing a holistic solution for the management of biosolids for wastewater treatment plants. There are biosolids management companies, and there are dryer manufacturers. What Mannco can offer is a catalog of customizable options that are economically, operationally and environmentally advantageous to municipalities, including the biosolids drying equipment for purchase or supplied as a part of their comprehensive biosolids management service, including their handling, transportation, marketing, sale and beneficial reuse of the resulting Class A, EQ biosolids. It is a total solution – in effect, they handle the removal of all biosolids from the municipality. Our partnership really is a win win, and we are proud to work with them.” Mannco is a Conway, Arkansas based company, which specializes in soil fertility, the purchase, marketing, distribution, and sale of Class A EQ biosolids, and biosolids management services for municipal wastewater treatment plants. Mannco has developed supplemental product quality standards for EQ biosolids for the purpose of satisfying specific needs of the row crop agriculture industry. Since 1998, Mannco enterprises have funded several public university agricultural research projects for the purpose of proving and documenting the soil fertility, crop production, and environmental benefits of land applying EQ biosolids and have developed best practices for the production, management, storage, handling, transportation, marketing and use of EQ biosolids. Since its founding, Mannco has purchased, distributed and sold over 550,000 tons of thermal dried biosolids from wastewater treatment facilities located in the U.S. Vulcan® Systems, an international leader in thermal technology headquartered in Moberly, Missouri, specializes in engineering and manufacturing equipment for drying, calcining and thermal desorption processes. Vulcan® Systems serves clients on six continents and in more than 80 countries, utilizing vast experience and know how to create safe, efficient and reliable thermal systems for a wide variety of processes, including animal feed, animal manure, automotive shredder residue, biomass, coal fines, fly ash, minerals and spent catalyst drying, as well as drill cuttings and tank bottom remediation, and RCRA waste processing. To learn more about this venture, please contact:
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2013-04-29
The current application is directed to methods, and to systems employing the methods, that allow built-in indexing methods for facts, to additionally be applied to rules within a logic-programming system. The methods and systems to which the current application is directed convert an original set of rules into an equivalent set of fact/rule pairs. In addition, a new set of rules may be directly encoded as a new set of fact/rule pairs by these methods and systems. The equivalent set of fact/rule pairs implement the original set of rules, preserving the meaning of the original rules, but the equivalent set of fact/rule pairs are indexed by built-in indexing methods for facts. The new fact/rule pairs are also indexed by built-in indexing methods for facts.
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2014-01-31
Techniques for providing quotations obtained from text documents using natural language processing techniques are described. Some embodiments provide a content recommendation system (CRS) configured to provide quotations by extracting quotations from a corpus text documents, and providing access to the extracted quotations in response to search requests received from users. The CRS may extract quotations by using natural language processing-based techniques to identify one or more entities, such as people, places, objects, concepts, or the like, that are referenced by the extracted quotations. The CRS may then store the extracted quotations along with identified entities, such as quotation speakers and subjects, for later access via search requests.
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2014-01-31
Enhanced computer- and network-based methods, systems, techniques are provided for retrieving more accurate and responsive search results when searching content for a designated entity using an off-the-shelf keyword-based search engine. For example, the embodiments described herein may be used to improve search results by eliminating off-topic results when presenting queries to an existing keyword-based search engine invoked by means of an API from an intermediating application. Example embodiments provide a Keyword-Based Search Enhancement System (KBSES), which enables intermediating applications to obtain information more closely related to user queries by enhancing such queries, on behalf of the user, with disambiguating information when deemed necessary. Based upon a variety of rules and heuristics, which can be modified as well, the KBSES determines whether an entity name in a users query should be enhanced with additional disambiguating information, and to what extent, to prevent the retrieval of off-topic results.
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2014-02-14
Methods, techniques, and systems for using natural language processing to recommend related content to an associated text segment or document. Example embodiments provide a NLP-based content recommender (NCR) which uses NLP-based search techniques, potentially in conjunction with context or other related information, to locate and provide content related to entities that are recognized in the associated material. NCRs may be embedded as widgets, for example on Web pages to assist users in their perusal and search for information, provided by means of browser plug-ins or other application plug-ins, provided in libraries or in standalone environments, or otherwise integrated into other code, programs, or devices. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2016-05-09
A pile top assembly includes an adapter configured to couple to an upper end of a subsea anchor, a tensioning system mounted on an upper end of the adapter, and a flexible tension member having a first end coupled to the tensioning system. The tensioning system is operable to pay in and pay out the flexible tension member relative to the tensioning system. The pile top assembly further includes means coupled to the adapter for selectively engaging the upper end of the subsea anchor.
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2016-04-11
The current document is directed to a system that allows drone operators to confine drone flights to safe flight areas that are computed automatically or specified by an end user. Certain implementations of the system focus on consumer applications while others allow commercial and municipal users to define safe conduits within urban, rural and industrial areas.
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2014-01-03
Embodiments of the present invention are directed to flexible, user-adapted, continuous searching, on behalf of a particular user, for points of interest relevant to the users current location within a specifically computed personal region of interest. In a general case, the personal region of interest is computed as a function of the users level of disposition towards the searched-for points of interest. The level of disposition towards the searched-for points of interest may, in turn, be based on two or more of the users location, the current date and time, a history of the users interaction with the POI-searching system, including user-initiated searches and user selections from displayed search results, a user profile developed for, and continuously updated on behalf of, the user, and a current context for the search, as specified by a search query or by other context-specifying means. The personal region of interest generally defines an abstract area, volume, or hypervolume within which method and system embodiments of the present invention search for points of interest.
Information Service That Gathers Information From Multiple Information Sources, Processes The Information, And Distributes The Information To Multiple Users And User Communities Through An Information-Service Interface
Vulcan Inc. | Date: 2013-12-02
Embodiments of the present invention include information services, methods and systems to facilitate gathering and management of information by home users and professional users of information gathering, processing, and distribution services, and user interfaces through which users communicate with information services. In one embodiment of the present invention, a central information gathering, processing, and distribution service provides a simple, but robust and highly functional, interface to remote home users and professional users to allow the home users and professional users to continuously receive updated information gleaned from continuous searching of the Internet and other information sources by the information service. The interface allows users to define, refine, and stably store interests that define information searches continuously carried out, on behalf of the user, by the information gathering, processing, and distribution service. The information service discovers and stores user preferences, interests, and bookmarked URLs and other information in a way that allows users within communities of users to share their stored interests, bookmarked information, and preferences among themselves.