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*The BioShip: Design Science Brought to Life

A new design and method of watercraft manufacturing using the Geodesic Dome and the Space Frame, resulting in stronger, cheaper and safer watercraft. It is more flexible in both design and construction, cheaply and easily extensible and vastly simpler to build.

*From Canadian Patent Application 2,865,672


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What is the BioShip?

The Bioship is many things but primarily it has three main functions:

Affordable Shelter -

  • using design sciences' "more with less" principle building roomy affordable shelter is available for a fraction of the cost of other structures
  • no need to purchase land

Energy Generator -

  • because of independence from the grid - necessity being the mother of invention - the Bioship encourages alternate forms of energy generation.
  • the proximity of moving water, and/or temperature differential between surface and deep water encourages economically viable energy production using standard generator and heat pumps respectively.
  • wave and wind energy also viable.

Technology Platform -

  • integration of shelter (structural) technology along with land/water transportation and energy usage/storage technologies. 
    • These technologies are all independent but not without integration possibilities with the grid.
  • Using an automobiles' energy storage, propulsion, steerage and navigation with the Bioship. 
  • Simple inexpensive mechanism allows use of these automotive technologies with the Bioship.   Just secure the vehicle to the front of deck with the paddles extending outward from the hull and deck and voila, instant propulsion, steerage and navigation.    (see Fig. 1)
  • Not just energy production but energy storage and alternate forms of clean energy experimentation are encouraged.  Because of it's ability to transport heavy loads and of course the abundant storage capability inherent in cryogenic hydrogen vs electricity, hydrogen production is encouraged.
    • huge quantities of hydrogen could be produced and stored under water.  As a sideline, non-rigid airship transport and usage would be encouraged, perhaps with better safety mechanisms.

The BioShip - it is a freedom generator - Freedom from rent and utilities, freedom to travel and take your stuff with you without packing.  14 years of research and experimentation culminating in a low cost, beautiful, comfortable, healthy, energy efficient living alternative.

The Bioship is a GAS, gas gas.  It is:

Green - with it's super insulated dome heating and cooling is a breeze. It's power generation capacity makes it a net energy producer.   It can be used as a carbon offset.

Affordable - our focus on the "doing more with less" design science principle, the Bioship maximizes living space with minimal materials thereby lowering cost.  Living on the water eliminates the cost of the land.  While cheaper than almost any house design because of the elimination of the land requirement, it's dome structure is strong and lightweight and mathematically maximizes volume/surface area.

Safe -

  • In case of flood, the Bioship rises with the water
  • In case of fire, the Bioship can move away from shore, and with pumping facilities, independent power and immediate access to abundant water, the Bioship can help quench any blaze near the shore.

Evade the Four Horsemen

  • when the four horsemen of the apocalypse come riding, the Bioship can move the entire house any time they want. "When danger reared his ugly head he bravely turned his tail and fled, brave brave brave brave Sir Robin" - Sir Robin in Monty Python's "Holy Grail"
  • Not only safe from environmental disasters but safe in ship building.  The trimaran is a proven design, and it's super strong design, multiple watertight bulkheads and a state of the art weather update and navigational system, it allows one to be prepared to handle any situation.

Of course most people know about the need for decent housing

Just look at the Calgary housing market.  San Francisco 1400 sq ft. apartments are now $10000/month.  That's a large bay which can park one or two Bioships.  Lots of land everywhere lying barren while people are homeless and ridiculous rents are charged.  Low cost housing is rare.  I'm not advocating revolution but this constant gouging for money by the haves is getting to be a bit much.  It seems that the struggle never ends.

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The new Bioship construction method will be made with a three ideas in mind:

  1. Keep materials usage to a minimum in keeping with the spirit of design science
    1. basic input to steel frame of the Geodesic Dome is flat bar - low cost and easy to work with.  Isosceles (close to equilateral in angles) triangles created from these.
    2. basic input to hull and deck is aluminum flat bar with aluminum skin and bulkheads.  Three dimensional truss system is created using one size triangle for ease of manufacturing.

I will not go further into it yet because of as-of-yet unpatented proprietary design solutions.  Yes, yes, I still want to make money off of the thing and it's a useful invention. 

I will create the simplest strongest cheapest easiest living alternative yet.  No expensive molds needed.  No worries about plastic deformation when cooling which raised concerns about the viability of the previous construction method.  All tried and true simple methods are now the mantra.

I'll be able to order the parts and equipment needed this summer and I'll have all winter to work on it.

Projected completion of new prototype is the spring of 2017. 

Through a number of expensive and sometimes heartbreaking iterations in design, my final design uses aluminum triangles to create the entire structure of the hull(s)s and deck - as pictured below. 

Fig. 14

The advantages, and I mean real advantages of the space frame are:

  • multiple bulkheads - even the smallest BioShips has dozens of individual bulkheads.  If you puncture one, you still have many left to get you home.
  • synergetic strength in all three dimensions of the Cartesian Coordinate System. No wasted material. 
  • extensibility - need more deck, weld another truss layer or two onto the existing structure.  Easy, low cost, no big change.  Need more lateral strength - weld a splash guard on the bow and stern - One can create a very large BioShip - more square footage than the worlds largest yachts.
  • Need more buoyancy, for a flat deck, just add to the edge. For the trimaran model, you'll have to get it out of the water - pull it up onto a large flat work deck with a winch, jack it up and weld on more polyhedrons.  Still not too difficult.

To put the space frame together, the tetrahedral triangle and the octahedral triangle (trade secrets) are assembled into the tetrahedron (Figs. 5 and 6) and the octahedron (Fig. 14a) respectively, shown below.


The internally reinforced edges of these polyhedrons, when fastened together (Fig. 15) form the space frame that gives this three dimensional truss system it's synergetic strength.  The membrane between the reinforced edges of the polyhedrons, create the multiple bulkheads that give the BioShip it's incredibly resilient buoyancy.


While combining the ideas of the Geodesic Dome and the Space Frame together to form watercraft is an innovative part of my patent, there are two innovations that surpass the Dome/Space frame combination.  They are:

  1. The method of creation of the Space Frame.  The space frame is the backbone of the BioShip and with it's simplified construction method it is now feasible and affordable for the average handy person.
  2. The ability to incrementally improve the BioShip while living on it as I mentioned in the patent, it's extensibility.

In the words of Habitat for Humanity's International CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford:

"Housing in the developing world is a process. Families might replace a dirt floor with a clean, hard surface. They might
reinforce the walls or the roof to prevent water from seeping through the cracks when it rains. They might build an
additional room after welcoming a new child into the world. This method of improving housing one step at a time is called
“incremental” or “progressive building” and accounts for up to 90 percent of residential construction in the developing world.
Families build their homes bit by bit as needs change and resources become available.
With 1 billion people living in slums — a number still rising — the task of significantly affecting the problem of substandard
housing will not be easy. But by facilitating incremental housing efforts, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations
can help create more safe and secure dwellings and can reduce the financial burden on governments that subsidize housing.
By improving the incremental process, we can help create better planned communities rather than ad hoc solutions."

Habitat For Humanity Shelter Report 2014

Just in case you doubted the strength of a truss system.

The space frame, while strong and light weight, has always been held back by the use of a complicated, expensive connector.  I reiterate, my patented construction method eliminates that problem, removing the barrier to it's popular usage. 

What is Needed to bring this "Design Science to Life"?

Money and time.  I now have six breeding female Labrador retrievors, all but one that will have a litter this summer.  The BioShip prototype I plan on launching on the west coast on the spring/summer of 2017 will need less than half the projected revenue from the litters to get it built.

I need to produce the above triangle in large quantities.  Cost to build a third, "complete but rudimentary" prototype with 2000 ft2 of living space - $20,000. See spreadsheets for and idea of the dome costs.

  1. My first BioShip will be a 1000 ft2 deck with a 625 ft2 dome (second floor = roughly 400ft2)
    1. It'll be a trimaran, a flat deck (the deck is 60 cm thick) - like in the letterhead, with three truss extensions projecting downward for bouyancy and linear tracking.
    2. Once it's built, and it can be directly experienced, I believe they will proliferate at an exponential rate.
  2. Think of it - I can build finished, insulated, buoyant housing that can float a house for $7.50/ft2. (plus labor costs). No land to buy.
  3. If you want to help, buy a pup from us - should be ready to adopt at the end of July: purebred black and yellow labrador retrievors. $1000


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Or if you are a housing industry corporation that feels threatened by the Bioship and want to commit corporate murder (surely not in Canada) or simply a Muslim kook that does not embrace living - then dig around and you can find my address. 

Unfortunately I'm not Iron Man so protecting myself is certainly not guaranteed, but while I draw breath I will not be silenced by the likes of you.

The BioShip is design science's contribution to Nathaniel Branden's well elucidated goal of evolving into selfhood.  The freedom it provides automatically encourages it, like planting a seed in rich moist soil that has plenty of sunshine.  He states,

"To evolve into selfhood is the primary human task.  It is also the primary human challenge, because success is not guaranteed.  At any step of the way, the process can be interrupted, frustrated, blocked, or sidetracked, so that the human individual is fragmented, split, alienated, stuck at one level or another of mental or emotional immaturity.  To a tragic extent, most people are stranded along this path of development.

Nevertheless, the central goal of the maturational process is evolution toward autonomy.  This is the essence of the separation-individuation process.

Discovering boundaries, discovering where self ends and the external world (and in particular the mothering figure) begins - grasping and assimilating the facts of separateness - is the foremost task of early infancy, upon which normal development depends. The second and overlapping part of the maturational process is individuation: the acquisition of those basic motor and cognitive skills, combined with a beginning sense of physical and personal identity, that represent the foundation of the child's autonomy - that is, the child's capacity for inner direction, self-regulation, and self-responsibility. Separation and individuation mark the child's birth as a human being.  They are the necessary precursors of well developed self-esteem.


I speak of separation and individuation as a process that has meaning at every stage of human development and manifests itself through the entire span of the life cycle.  The process is inseparable from the development and maintenance of healthy self esteem. 

We can thus think of separation as emergence and differentiation from any fundamental supporting matrix - be it mother, family, a given stage of development, identification with a particular job or career, an outmoded or unnecessarily limiting belief system.  We can think of individuation in a sense perhaps closer to that intended by Jung, as the striving of the human organism toward wholeness, toward completion - an internal thrust toward self-realization reminiscent of Aristotle's concept of entelechy.  During the process of individuation, we become more and more completely that which we are potentially - expanding the boundaries of the self to embrace all of our potentialities, as well as those parts that have been denied, disowned, repressed."

What a BioShip does is provide an environment that automatically encourages and/or enables this self-actualization process.

How Does The BioShip provide a low cost, comfortable, healthy, energy efficient living alternative?

By using design science's "more with less" principle, The BioShip allows one to build a very strong, lightweight structure.  This strength and the use of the "kiss principle", in particular with the hull and deck construction, enables one to build large structures on the water without expending huge amounts of money.

The Fifth National Policy Document on Spatial Planning, published in 2001, defined design quality through seven criteria:

  1. spatial diversity;

  2. economic and social functionalities;

  3. cultural diversity;

  4. social equality;

  5. sustainability;

  6. attractiveness, and

  7. human scale.

These broad headings each cover a range of aspects for good housing design in the Netherlands.

Spatial diversity refers to the physical composition of a housing scheme including space standards, performance of building regulations, dimensions of buildings, variation of dwelling types, forms and densities. It also accounts for the differences between the city and the countryside.

Economic and social functionalities refers to investment in community buildings and infrastructure such as railway stations, schools and playgrounds, and to local facilities such as cafes and shopping centres.

Cultural diversity refers to a diversity of activities for local communities such as community halls, cultural facilities, street art and public spaces. Social equality ensures that the design of the housing development reflects the aspirations of the community, including whether the design has an adequate mix of tenure.

Sustainability refers to reducing the environmental footprint of a housing development. This includes specifying durable and locally sourced materials, and ensuring the housing development achieves the optimum energy performance rating.

Attractiveness comprises the contribution of the aesthetical characteristics of a housing scheme and the composition of individual dwellings to the overall appearance of the development.

Human scale includes the urban design of a housing development such as car parking, coherence of street design and easy access to transport.

Design Quality in New Housing: Learning From the Netherlands by Mathew Cousins

The BioShip strives for these goals by resting on the shoulders of many amazing people in the past, along with the inventor's stubborn reluctance to pay outrageous housing costs.

The primary influence on the design of the BioShip is from R. Buckminster Fuller and his design science initiative. Of particular importance - especially in regards to the BioShip, are his Space Frame (Octet Truss) and Geodesic Dome inventions. These fundamental structures are only improved upon by the inventor. The simplification of their construction, the ability to use off the shelf materials and the "incremental" or "progressive building" strategy inherent in the inventor's design of the space frame - these are the main contributions of the inventor.

Of special importance are the solutions to a few of the problems that were faced by these inventions.

For your perusal here are the diagrams that were included in the patent application (included just to give a snapshot of the inventive process).


Contact Information

Bob Carpenter

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