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The Impact of Frankish Architecture on Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Architecture Charalambos Bouras

In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture in both the capital and the provinces was mature and self-contained, meeting to the full the church building’s liturgical needs and dogmatic symbolism, as well as realizing possibilities in the development of other art forms such as sculpture and monumental painting. Even though many important churches were built at this time, this mature and self-contained architecture helped to create a conservative climate and at the same time gave rise to certain reservations about the production of new types and the conception of the church’s interior space. This trend began at the beginning of the eleventh century and became especially prevalent toward the end of the Komnenian period. In contrast, architecture in the West during the same period was progressing in leaps and bounds in matters of type, architectural form, decoration, and, chiefly, construction methods. Throughout Western Europe, much larger churches were being built, while a series of technological innovations beginning in France realized the transformation from Romanesque to Gothic to create formal systems that sooner or later predominated throughout Latin Christendom. And at the time when the two cultures of Byzantium and Latin Europe came into immediate contact, particularly after the Fourth Crusade, Gothic architecture in the West was creating its most beautiful and important works. The thirteenth century witnessed the zenith of its dynamism and majesty, especially in France during the reign of Louis IX (1226–70). How did the Byzantines regard this hugely impressive cultural development, the agents of which were the invading Crusaders themselves? How did they respond to this challenge? ...

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The Art of Crisis Management While we do not propose a formal definition of the word crisis in this manual, we treat any event that can, within a short period of time, harm your institution’s constituents, its facilities, its finances or its reputation as a crisis. Crisis management is the art of making decisions to head off or mitigate the effects of such an event, often while the event itself is unfolding. This often means making decisions about your institution’s future while you are under stress and while you lack key pieces of information. Consistent with the overall philosophy of this manual, the key to being able to manage a crisis is doing as much planning as practical before a crisis starts in order to best position you and your institution to respond to and mitigate such a situation. The Crisis Management Continuum: Introduction What is usually called “crisis management” should be best understood as part of a broad continuum of activities as follows: • Planning. Planning relates to getting your institution in the best position to react to, and recover from, an emergency. • Incident Response. Incident responses are the processes that you have put into place to ensure that your institution reacts properly and orderly to an incident as it occurs. Examples of incident response include: a. Evacuation after a called-in bomb threat b. Denial of entry to suspicious persons c. Calling for medical help when a child is injured in your school • Crisis Management. Crisis Management is the management and coordination of your institution’s responses to an incident that threatens to harm, or has harmed, your institution’s people, structures, ability to operate, valuables and/or reputation. It takes into account your planning and automatic incident response, but must also dynamically deal with situations as they unfold, often in unpredictable ways.  ...

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CAESAR II – Advanced Pipe Stress Analysis 5-day ... - Chempute

General Scope This course addresses Advanced Statics and Dynamic Analysis topics in Pipe Stress Analysis. We also have a 5-day Course that addresses Basic Statics Analysis. This presentation is based on hands-on solution of example problems in order to illustrate Pipe Stress Analysis using CAESAR software. Previous experience in Pipe Stress Analysis, plus experience in using CAESAR, or attendance of the Basic Statics Analysis Course is required. A discussion/question/answer format is also employed in order to maximize retention of course material and theoretical concepts. Persons attending the training should expect to leave the course with an advanced working knowledge of CAESAR II, and pipe flexibility analysis. Some of the specific topics covered are outlined below. Chempute Software will provide training venue, computers, training dongles, printed training notes, teas, lunches, course certificate. 5 CPD points are awarded according to the ECSA Continuing Professional Development program (Course Accreditation No: SAIMechE-032301/13) Advanced Stress Analysis Course Topics The course will include the following topics: Advanced Statics: * Fibreglass Reinforced Pipe * IGE TD/12 Analysis * Wind/Wave Analysis * Overland Transmission Pipelines * Buried Pipe * Jacketed Pipe Directors : David A. Wickham, Andrew Taylor. Reg No : 2004/017798/07 Dynamics: * Basic dynamics theory * Hot Reheat Piping Systems * Earthquake Spectrum Analysis * ASCE 7 Response Spectrums * Harmonic analysis * Vibration Amplitude, Dynamic Load Factor (DLF) and Damping * Eigensolutions * Time History Analysis * Impact Load analysis * Relief load response spectrum analysis Who should attend Engineers in the piping design and analysis field; advanced CAESAR users. About the Trainer Born in Zambia in 1957, Alan Stewart has been involved in Pipe Stress Analysis work for many years. He initially gained expertise in this field when he trained in Germany in the early 1980’s. He attended lectures in Finite Element Stress Analysis and General Stress/Strain theory given by Professor Dimitriou, at Wits University - 1984. Later, he attended formal CAESAR training conducted by Rex Evans (co-founder of Coade) in 1989, followed by training in FE/Pipe by Tony Paulin (co-founder of Coade and Paulin Research Group), and Advanced Caesar training by Dave Diehl (head of training at Coade). Alan has been presenting CAESAR training courses for Chempute Software for nearly 20 years, during which time he has presented around 50 training courses in both Basic and Advanced Topics, in South Africa, Nigeria, Kuwait, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. He is also a pipe stress consultant to companies such as Eskom, Babcock, Steinmuller, DB Thermal, Lurgi, Foster Wheeler, and Bateman. Directors : David A. Wickham, Andrew Taylor. Reg No : 2004/017798/07 Chempute Software (Pty) Ltd P.O.Box 856, Kloof, 3640, South Africa Tel : Intl +27-31-7646840 Fax : Intl +27-31-7645934 Email :

Frequently Asked Questions – Free College Courses at Strayer ...

Frequently Asked Questions – Free College Courses at Strayer University and City University of Seattle 1. What are the free college courses being offered? At Strayer University: • BUS 100 Introduction to Business: Provides a foundation in business operations through a survey of major business functions (management, production, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management, and various support functions). Offers an overview of business organizations and the business environment, strategic planning, international business, and quality assurance. • ENG 315 Professional Communications: This course concentrates on communicating effectively in business and in the professions. A range of business and professional documents are prepared based on the concepts of purpose and audience, and a formal written report is researched and developed. The course focuses on techniques for clearly, concisely, and persuasively communicating information in speaking and in writing. The course emphasizes developing skills in verbal communication and in planning, organizing, and delivering oral presentations. At City University of Seattle: • Critical Thinking BC 301: The critical thinking process is used to analyze today's issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information. • Intro to Psychology PSY 201: This course examines the field of psychology from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Topics include: the physiological basis of mental functioning; the physical, cognitive and social aspects of lifespan development; learning, memory, and cognition; psychological disorders; emotions and health; thinking and language; intelligence and motivation; perception and sensation; and the various theories of personality. • Introduction to Project Management PM 401: utilizes a real team project to manage a project's life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control. • Essentials of Business Management MBA 500: Successful managers need to understand the fundamentals of business practices within a global context. This course will introduce you to the overall MBA program and the strategies required in preparing a ...

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Technology: Absorption refrigeration: In this system solar energy is used to drive out the volatile component from a solution and build up the pressure. Examples are water vapour from lithium bromide water solution or ammonia from aqueous ammonia solution. The vapour is then condensed (rejecting heat). This is done with either water-cooling or air-cooling. The condensed liquid is then expanded to absorb heat from the space where refrigeration is needed. The vapours are once again absorbed in the solution. The cycle is continuously repeated. Sub zero temperatures can be reached by absorption refrigeration systems. Ice can be made. Adsorption refrigeration: In this system solar energy is used to drive out the volatile component from a solid adsorber and build up the pressure. Examples are water vapour and silica gel adsorbent or ammonia and activated carbon adsorbent. The vapour is then condensed (rejecting heat). This is done with either water-cooling or air-cooling. The condensed liquid is then expanded to absorb heat from the space where refrigeration is needed. The vapours are once again adsorbed by the adsorbent. The cycle is continuously repeated. These systems are suited for cooling applications. These are old concepts and adequate published data is available on many variants. Commercial systems are working where waste heat is available. Like wise generating hot ware or steam using solar energy is a proven technology. The challenge is combining these two technologies into an economically viable system. Manufacturing process: The main activity is design and engineering. A good engineering design team with formal qualifications and experience in the refrigeration industry is needed. Manufacturing activity consists of fabricating different components like absorbers, heat exchangers. These along with necessary bought out items are assembled as compact units and sold are installed at clients site as per requirements. Plant and Machinery: The manufacturing plant require is general fabrication work shop machinery used for fabricating chemical plant and machinery Raw materials: Stain less steel and mild steel sheets of different thickness, pipes and tubes are the main raw materials. Pumps, valves ate the main bought out items Utilities: Power is the main utility Project cost: Invest of Rs. 5 crores may be required to manufacture the systems given under product mix ...

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2013 Patent Litigation Study - PwC
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We view 2012 as a banner year in patent litigation. Massive damages awards made headlines. The 2011 America Invests Act (AIA) began making its impact. The influence of nonpracticing entities (NPEs) continued to grow. And the number of patents granted and litigations filed maintained their upward trajectory. Prior to 2012, only three patent infringement damages awards eclipsed the $1 billion mark. But last year alone, three cases, tried before juries in separate districts, resulted in awards of $1 billion or greater: Monsanto v. DuPont, Apple v. Samsung, and Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell. The outcomes of these matters have varied so far. Monsanto v. DuPont settled for a ten-year $1.75 billion license; the $1.05 billion award in Apple v. Samsung was reduced by $450 million and likely will be modified further; and Carnegie Mellon v. Marvell remains in the post-trial phase. Similarly, two ‘stent wars’ verdicts of more than $500 million were overturned or settled for short dollars in 2013. NPEs continued to play a critical and growing role in patent litigation in 2012. One recent analysis reported that as of 2012 NPEs accounted for the majority of patent infringement litigation filed in the United States, compared to less than a quarter of patent infringement lawsuits filed in 2007.1 Our statistics indicate that only 16% of identified decisions in 2012 involved NPE patent holders. The difference reveals a much higher tendency for NPE actions to be resolved without a formal court decision. Our analysis continues to show a significant disparity in median damages awarded to NPEs versus practicing entities. Over the last 12 years, NPEs have been awarded median damages that have averaged twice the median award for practicing entities. The AIA also made an impact in 2012. While many elements of the AIA did not go into effect until late 2012 or early 2013, the ‘anti-joinder’ provision, which constrained the number of defendants that could be named in the same lawsuit, became effective on September 16, 2011. This...

What is Asset Based Community Development - Collaborative for ...

What is Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for sustainable communitydriven development. Beyond the mobilization of a particular community, ABCD is concerned with how to link micro-assets to the macro-environment. The appeal of ABCD lies in its premise that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognized assets, and thereby responding to and creating local economic opportunity. ABCD builds on the assets that are already found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to build on their assets-- not concentrate on their needs. An extensive period of time is spent in identifying the assets of individuals, associations, and then institutions before they are mobilized to work together to build on the identified assets of all involved. Then the identified assets from an individual are matched with people or groups who have an interest or need in that asset. The key is to begin to use what is already in the community. In the past when a person had a need they went to their neighborhood for assistance. But this has shifted today to the belief that the neighbor does not have the skills to help them, therefore we must go to a professional for assistance. The Welfare system today works in such a way that professionals have made clients and recipients of the poor, robbing them of the support from their neighbors who now think that they are not skilled enough to help. This leads to isolation of the individuals. The poor begin to see themselves as people with special needs that can only be met by outsiders, but this can be changed through the ABCD process. A second power of ABCD is found in the local associations who should drive the community development process and leverage additional support and entitlements. These associations are the vehicles through which all a community's assets can be identified and then connected to another in ways that multiply their power and effectiveness. Users of the ABCD approach are deliberate in their intentions to lead by stepping back. Existing associations and networks (whether formal or informal) are assumed to be the source of constructive energy in the community. Community-driven development is done rather than development driven by external...