Tristan Shone, Andy Balendy, Jill Nephew, Robert Twomey, others
from Councilewoman Frye's Office and the Press were present to test
the dogs onsite at Mission Bay in a prerelease trial. Tristan Shone
talked with Donna Fry to explain the dogs' modifications and the
specifics of this particular site. A landfill activist was on-hand
to explain his take on the issues plaguing this particular landfill
site. The San Diego Tribune sent a photographer to capture the events
Fox News. Students
of UCSD Class Vis147b W. Xdesign Lab Members, San Diego Electric
Flyers club, Distinguished guests from MIT, the O'Reilly Emerging
Tech Conference, representatives from Donna Frye's office, and San
Diego Department of Public Safety with VOC chemical sensors and
chemical source were all present for the dog release. A writer and
photographer from the San Diego Tribune were also present.
were too blustery to get readings on VOC sources and chemical levels.
The San Diego Department of Environmental Health test equipment
had no better luck, even with the VOC source, than did the robot
dogs. The dogs exhibited basic movement and some tracking behavior,
particularly the dog upgraded by Tyler Alexander and Candice Storey,
which did successfully locate the VOC source.
Bay landfill has been an unregulated industrial dumping site for
50+ years of military industry in San Diego, and is currently undergoing
environmental evaluation with an eye towards redevelopment. High
levels of industrial byproduct chemicals in the soil make the site
a very likely source of airborne VOC chemicals.
The dogs will