The Bergstead - A submersible permanently moored concrete structure that provides living area beyond the territorial boundaries of existing nations. Each unit can be self-sustaining for months at a time. After extensive 3D conceptualization I produced 2 physical models that each weigh around 150lbs.
I am now building a final 1/12 scale 5,000lb model to demonstrate the system in a major river. This model will be made out of poured concrete. It will have more than 20 sensors, and their data will log continuously on a web page through an LTE data connection. It will have a pump and a valve to enable robotic depth regulation while submerged. The testing will include a 2 week period below the surface, as every system continues to function.
Berg; from "iceberg" as most of the mass is below the water surface even when it's fully afloat...
Stead; from "homestead", or more recently "seastead".
This unit is a bastion of seasteading...
I am currently busy with the hydro-electric generation system that will attach underneath. It is expected to produce 400 watts between 2 generators which I developed. I raised $2,140 to build these, and I had enough left over to tape my intro for the fundraiser.
Hydro-Turbine Test Platform (currently almost done):
$25,000 will be a sufficient goal just to build and test the model. I could see the need for $75,000 or more to further support the project beyond testing. These funds would be used to seek and attract multi-million dollar investments in order to mature the design and construct a full-scale (8 million lb) prototype within 20 months.
I dream of forming a company that offers permanent private floating islands. I started designing them in 3D a few years ago. But in order to build city-scale islands we must start incrementally by developing the industry. My "single family seastead" is the smallest common denominator. Therefore the oceanic occupation begins right here. Right now. Pick a pledge on the right of your screen and join me.
The second physical model (November 2011):
The first physical model (August 2011):
- An outpost for coast guard or science researchers.
- An outpost for fishing or scuba diving excursions.
- A base for fish farming or mega wind turbine operations that require on-site technicians.
- A bed and breakfast (romantic enclave).
- A time share.
- A private residence.
Randy Burmeister of Botkins, OH for fabricating the custom mounts needed to position each generator in place. He also polished their design and spent numerous hours collaborating with me on it. I found him thru his website which chronicles the passion he has for homemade wind turbines.
Caleb and Jaron Lopez of Baltimore, MD for helping me put together this astounding intro video, propelling my project to a whole new dimension. I found Caleb thru a Craigslist ad that I posted. After seeing a music video they helped produce, there was no turning back.
Phil Yevel of Wilmington, DE for playing a key role in the video intro. I bet I could attribute half of my pledges to his 'charming good looks'. We taped the interview at his house. In addition to that he offered to help me in the financial management and marketing when we are ready to seek much larger investments.
The artists whose 3D models are featured in complement with my designs. If this project becomes a 'for profit' venture I wish to remunerate them for this role. The actual island systems were created by me. Almost every sub-assembly was obtained from the 3D Warehouse.
There have been MANY MANY people on The Seasteading Institute's web forum who helped steer this project over the past year. It was entirely different when I first imagined the idea. Without their wisdom and objections who knows what kind of junk we might have instead of the Bergstead. These people include; Patri Friedman, Wilfred Ellmer, Ken Sims, <user> "Oceanopolis", <user> "Chucker", Emmet Moore ('Mad Dog Tannen"), <user> "Wohl1917", <user> "Admiral Doty", <user> "elspru", <user> "tusavision", <user> "Pastor_Jason", Wayne Gramlich, and likely a whole slew of other people but I cant remember all their names.
I would only recognize a handful of these people if I bumped into them on the street. But they ALL made a real impact on my Bergstead Oceanic Habitation design. Many, many thanks to you all!
And many more thanks to my friends, neighbors, and family.
I want to mention that I know some of the other projects on Kickstarter offer really cool products and apparently "good value" of product for your dollars. What I am offering here is the opportunity to fortify your position as a pillar of our civil society. If you're looking for stuff to fill your closet with or your C drive - have at it. If you want a reason to stand a little taller. To puff out your chest. To feel the dignity and reassurance that this world will have a brighter future because of the contribution that you make - I stand with you.
An evolutionary process. Many designs were considered but each of them were ruled out, until the Bergstead Kiwi (2nd physical model). Here is a look back...