P18485: Biochar Concrete Roofing Tile Manufacturing and Complete Roof System
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El Sauce Trip

Daniel Zinobile's Research Trip to El Sauce

From October 6-10, Daniel Zinobile traveled to Nicaragua with Kellan Morgan. During this trip, Daniel:

  1. Researched the prices and availability of construction materials
  2. Researched the prices and availability of power tools and construction equipment
  3. Spoke with Alvaro, a local clay tile and brick manufacturer, learned about his manufacturing process and problems with the tiles
  4. Spoke with Pepe, the director of 4 Walls, learned about the installation of current zinc roofs, learned about problems with zinc roofs, learned about equipment and material availability, and asked questions about our current proposed design and manufacturing process
  5. Spoke with Ricardo, who worked with the pumice tile manufacturing operation, and learned about every aspect of the tile manufacturing process and possible ways to improve it
  6. Observed 4 walls houses that had been built, and houses that were to be replaced with 4 walls houses
  7. Conducted additional research for teams 18433 and 18434
  8. Learned about the culture of El Sauce and Nicaragua as a whole

Notes taken during this trip were collected and summarized in the document linked below.

Summarized Notes from Trip

El Sauce Metal and Hardware Store

El Sauce Metal and Hardware Store

Sunset in El Sauce

Sunset in El Sauce

Momotombo Volcano in Leon, Nicaragua

Momotombo Volcano in Leon, Nicaragua