Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Nova Project
My bid for the Nova Building in Rehovot Industrial Park was accepted and next week I have to start to study a solution. My impression of Nova: Crazy looking scientists walking purposeless and murmuring in Russian in the large, hyper-clean, empty corridors. Laughing people socializing and smoking in front of the building. No one was "working" or doing anything recognizible as work. I never heard of the company and didnt know what they were doing.
It appears that Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. makes measuring instruments for semiconductor manufacturers. Conventional measuring equipment is too imprecise for 45 nm chips, so they invented some ingenious device. The owner, you guessed right, is Nochi Dankner.
The project: They hired an architect to add a restaurant and other facilities on the top of the ten floor building, but there are no drawings of the existing water and sewage piping. The kitchen drain should connect to a FOG interceptor in the street. They need ultrapure water or at least soft water. As usual, I am the third engineer on the problem, the others having given up or migrated to the USA. My mission, should I accept it, is to provide the solution and get it approved by the local building committee and supervise its execution. I should have asked for more money.