Presentation of the magazine ‘Eix. Cultura industrial, tècnica i científica’ in Manresa

The event will take place on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:00 pm, on Passeig Pere III, in front of the Casino building

Eix magazine is a joint publication of mNACTEC and its Territorial System that seeks to disseminate the heritage and the scientific and technical culture of Catalan industrial society

Next Tuesday 24th of July, the presentation of the magazine Eix will be held in Manresa. The public presentation ceremony will take place at 7:00 pm on Passeig Pere III, opposite the Casino building, and will be attended by the Councilor for Culture and Youth of the City Council of Manresa, Anna Crespo; the director of the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC), Jaume Perarnau, and the director of the Museum of Technical of Manresa, Alba Subirana.

Eix is a biannual publication that aims to publicize and disseminate the heritage and the scientific and technical culture of the Catalan industrial society. The magazine is edited by mNACTEC and its Territorial System. The first issue of the magazine was published in May 2016.

The publication deals with subjects of industrial and scientific heritage, industrial tourism, industrial heritage in the world and echoes the work of the museums of the Territorial System of mNACTEC. Axis has an informative tone to reach the general public, offering content in a plan, modern and rigorous way.

The magazine presents a central dossier that deals in depth with a specific subject; articles on outstanding elements of Catalan industrial heritage, emblematic brands or unknown patrimony; double photo pages; collaborations and perspectives of specialists; interviews, and proposals for industrial heritage trips, among others.

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The rarities of water

For professional deformation, when I observe the water, despite its transparency, I always see a photometer of oxygen and hydrogen molecules making it theirs.

70% of our planet is water, but we say “Earth.” We find it everywhere, but above all in the sea (97%). That’s why water is basically saltwater. But there is also something sweet: in the rivers, in the subsoil, in the polar ice caps. At home
We always have it available, opening either a tap or a bottle purchased from the store: we do not know what
we have!

It is considered fundamental for the existence of life. There is no known way of life that takes place in its complete absence. We use it for everything. We use so much that we would never be able to say that water is rare. But he is, and very much luckily. Water is a molecule that is composed of an oxygen atom and two of hydrogen (H2O) and has some physicochemical characteristics that make it unique. The behavior of the nature of water and ice is not what it should be, and thanks to this fact – that water is rare – we exist. In solid state it is less dense than in liquid phase and for that reason the ice floats and does not sink. If it were not so, the ice would sink and the cold would freeze the surface water, which would also sink, and we would reach a point where everything would be ice and there would be no water: human beings. In the year 1611, Galileo, as a result of this fact, wrote the Speech on the bodies that float in the water or moved, in which it affirmed that the water was dilated or ruminated. All fluids increase density when cooled, but below
from 4 ° the volume of the water increases and, therefore, its density is reduced.

Water is the only substance that can be found in solid, liquid and gaseous environmental conditions.
Although it is a simple molecule, it has an extremely complex and anomalous nature due to hydrogen bridges, which are the links that unite them. As a gas, it is one of the lightest known; As a liquid, it is much denser than one should expect; As a solid, it is much lighter than it would be compared to its liquid state.

The water boils to 100 °, but if it follows the logic of its companions of the periodic table, it would have to boil below the 80 ° … under zero! The same happens with its freezing point: if it behaves like the rest of its group, it should freeze at about 100 ° under zero! Water is the liquid with the largest surface tension after mercury.

Thanks to this phenomenon, insects can walk quietly over them without sinking and the drops of the dew, sliding through the leaves of the trees. It is an excellent lubricant and at the same time has an unbelievable grip. It skates on it and at the same time it is able to stick with great force (try to put in contact with two sheets of crystalline glass and you will see that it costs much to untie them).

Water is a universal solvent, water … could be writing pages and more pages about its anomalies, though
I’ll end up with one of the most unknown and at the same time more curious and recent: the Mpemba effect, which can be summed up with this question: why does hot water, in certain contexts, freeze before the cold? This effect, which apparently contradicts the psychology, had already been detected by Aristotle more than two thousand years ago, but it was not until recently, in 1969, when a Tanzanian student, Erasto Mpemba, did this ask your teacher a day in class. He explained that a mixture of hot ice cream was frozen before it was cold.

It was from this anecdote that the student and another professor wrote up a technical document about him
theme; a topic that, for the moment, although there are many theories, it still has no consensual response. In fact, in an  article published last year seemed to be the “culprits” of this effect being the hydrogen bridge links again.

In summary, then, it can be said, colloquially, that water goes to its own; Luckily.

David Güell, deputy chief of debugging of Aigües de Manresa

Relating implies traveling through the unstable one

Water is life. A simple and concise phrase, the reason for more than one ad campaign because of its role. And what my god of life? Life is a gift. Here is another phrase, too. The two mention concepts that we can consider instruments of each other. Life is an instrument that people have to develop over a certain time. And water is one of the resources that most comes out in the talks. It is a scarce good that often does not occupy the place that corresponds to him. With people the same thing happens.

It is from this perspective that water and people as resources become a source of our care and interest. It is at this precise moment when our intention is clearly manifested. It is time that we leave the open tap without control or we take care to love and preserve what we have in order to increase their possibilities and development. It is the moment when we adopt the role of actors or public. In the same way that we can not understand our survival without the presence of water, we can not perceive the business system without people. People able to lead, manage and achieve the goals that the organization raises. Tell me if not, what can a movie director do without script or actors? Nothing. The result is always linked to our resources.

For a company like Aigües de Manresa, taking care of its workers becomes a present and integrating reality of its organizational values. In fact, it was this way, based on this idea that this article was born and my collaboration with the company as a professional of coaching and training in the work environment. The objective of Aigües de Manresa was to carry out a transformation and development project to build, from an integrative perspective, a relational model towards the improvement of skills and competences in which the individual is responsible and growing.

This project goes through the integration in the corporate culture of the idea that the objectives are achieved with the Work processes, but the quality in relationships is what ensures permanence, fluidity and sustainability. A great discovery! We have noticed that conflicts and growth levers are very commonly found in the area of ​​relationships rather than those of the task itself. Thanks to this revelation, we acquire group awareness when we see that our actions have an impact on the department, but also on the side partner or our collaborator. Once we are aware there is no reverse, we can only work towards change. Step by step, firmly and confidently. With effort and commitment. Joyfully And it’s when we’re in This new landscape, that people reappear the prominence they deserve in favor of efficiency linked to your well-being. Happy workers behave happy systems.

That is why, dear readers, I dedicate myself to accompanying people and companies in stages of change. Change is, like conflict, something inherent in human beings and organizations: it is present in our daily lives. We can not overlook it, but we can decide and choose our attitude towards this change, the energy that I put and the esteem with which I manage it. This is in my power and in your hand. Go by where! Just like every drop of water is unique, each individual is a valuable piece worthy of recognition within the organizational gear.

Raquel Aguilera, CEO of Auctuson

Delivery of research work to the Center of water

On Monday, June 4, the research work carried out by water was carried out as an object of study, at the Can Font Documentation Center. This event has been organized jointly between the Center for Pedagogical Resources and the Can Font Water Center and was chaired by the Vice-President of the Aigües de Manresa Foundation – Junta de la Sèquia, Josep Alabern, Carles Llussà, by the Center of Resources and the responsible and educator of the Water Center, Anna Closes.

The works that will be available to the users of the Can Font Documentation Center are the following:

  • What do people from Navarcles drink? Water comparison by Judith Carbonés Pérez and Helena Verge Mauri of the Gerbert d’Aurillac Institute
  • The mineral-medicinal and thermal waters in Catalonia of the Navy Oliveras Pérez of the Diocesan School
  • Study of the problems of the Golarda stream of Maria Fargas Costa and Aina Franco Roig of the Moianès Institute
  • The life in three drops of water by Aleix Ferrer Vilaplana de la Joviat
  • Comparative study of an aquatic ecosystem before and after Anna Toribio Bermúdez and Rekha Montserrat Pich Ollé from the Lluís de Peguera Institute

The taste of water

An article about the organoleptic water quality of Manresa

Taste, smell, color and turbidity of water form part of what we call: organoleptic characters of water, it is at say, those that can be perceived by the senses.

In view of this perception of rapid opinion for all consumers, a general opinion is created where we relate the organoleptic quality of water with the health quality. Although they are great indicators of the quality of water, it must be said that this relationship of perception and quality does not necessarily have to be tied together. The baggage that carries the water, from its point of origin until it reaches our taps is not the same for each population, and it is clear that each one will have its organoleptic character marked by its origin, route and content .

The necessary treatment for its purification and the important later section to follow up to the consumer faucet (distribution network, interior installations of the buildings, faucets …) are also of important mention for the possibility of possible organoleptic changes.

Water from the canal that supplies a large part of our towns, while enjoying a good quality with all The health guarantees, it suffers from some annual episodes where the values ​​of taste and smell take center stage, especially in the water of Manresa.

The benefit of having the Sèquia, which frees us from the salt areas of Sallent and Balsareny, and that allows us to enjoy a better quality of water, does not release us but other circumstances. The walk that makes the water of the Acequia, in the course of its way through the orchards of its surroundings and the arrival to the lake of the Needle where it is retained, causes that they form compounds that cause bad taste and smell to the ‘ Water, especially in the presence of algae shoots during seasonal periods. These substances, which are not harmful to health, give off a smell of wet ground that declines some consumers to their daily and continued use. Aigües de Manresa S.A. It has taken all the measures within its reach over the years to minimize these organoleptic impacts that have been repeated in these periods, but despite the efforts made, it is clear that, with the resources that are available, it can not be achieve a complete one resolution of these occasional effects.

Currently, the project for the renovation and expansion of treatment facilities at the Manresa Water Treatment Station is being worked on. The purpose is to renovate and adapt the new plant to today’s new technologies day.

The new techniques, the increase of resources, the efficiency, the performance, the dimension and everything that is associated with them New treatments should facilitate the ability to play with different alternatives that adapt to any circumstance, among them the ability to maintain a balanced relationship between organoleptic perception and a good quality of water.

Elisabet Berch, supervisor analyst at the Laboratori d’Aigües de Manresa

Success in the first call for CITO event in Manresa

Last Saturday, it took place at the Parc de Can Font, the first CITO (Cache in Trash Out) meeting. The CITO are an environmental initiative practiced by the geocaching community since 2002, and have helped preserve the natural beauty of sites related to geoamagats.

On this occasion, 35 people gathered to clean the Can Font Park, and part of the cleaning activity, they enjoyed a breakfast, a visit to the Ermita de Can Font, and to do activities for children who also went, related to the Park and the forest of the surroundings. Attendees were also given the event plates.

The organizers, who were the Parc de la Sèquia and the geocachers beeding, Moriarty, Aura_, rrp1963, Josef. Apart from the satisfaction in the success of the call, the origin of the participants, mostly of the Bages, has also been highlighted, but the presence of participants from the counties of Girona, and the counties of Barcelona.

The sewer system

A network hidden under our feet is essential for our day to day life

Water, like oxygen, is one of the essential elements of life on our planet. The use of water by man includes the so-called integral water cycle, which consists in its capture, its drinking water distribution and then the collection and conduction of the water used and finally its purification before returning it to nature.

The sewer is the infrastructure that, in this integral cycle, has the function of collecting and conducting water, both domestic and industrial, from the point of collection of the urban centers to the purification facilities. In addition, in urban areas, the sewage system also has the function of collecting and draining the rainwater from the streets to the torrents and natural rivers.

How does the network work?

Pluvial collection can be in a network independent of that of residuals, and then we say that the sewer is separated network. Otherwise, we call it a unitary network.

The shape of the sewer networks is very similar to the vein frame of the human body, or to the roots of a tree: it begins with very small size ducts (between 20 and 30 cm in diameter) in the upper parts of urban centers and, as it joins with those of other streets and avenues, the dimensions of these conduits are becoming more and more important to become true underground torrents, and there could still be vehicles that could circulate.

“The technological evolution has facilitated the repairs of the network, causing that many times do not intercede in our day to day”

The management of the sewer includes several tasks, some really complicated but also exciting, such as the inspection with “all-terrain” robots that circulate and secure the interior of the ducts and galleries, in which, due to its small dimensions, it is not possible make a visual inspection by the technicians. Thus, these robots can check the status of the different points of the network: if the conduit is jammed, if it is broken, it has leaks …

The technological evolution of robots has also changed the way to repair and maintain the network. Because the sewage system often goes inside the roadway, the repair works significantly affect the movement of people and vehicles. Nowadays certain repairs can be made with these machines without having to excavate the streets. Robots can cut the roots of the trees that intercept the network and cause jams; They can also repair cracks or coat internally the conduits to waterproof them.

Hey! Watch out for the disposable wipes!

Disposable wipes have become a real plague for the sewage system, as its degradation is very slow and causes significant traffic jams.

So when you use it, think about throwing them away and not the drain of the sanitary. Your action will be beneficial for the operation of the sewer system.

Fredi Puig, technical director of Aigües de Manresa

The Museu de la Tècnica and the UBIC Manresa set up the “Aparadors de Museu” campaign

On the occasion of the Manresa Museum of Techniques’s temporary exhibition “From PTV to TDK.  How did we live in Manresa between the forties and the nineties?” The Manresa trade is adhered to to make its shops available through a new promotion, which we have called “Aparadors de Museu”, considering that from March 19 to 25 the Second edition of the Trade Week is held .

For more than two weeks, the 35 manresanes stores adhered to the campaign will redesign their windows to include a unique and original piece from the bottom of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa. The pieces have been chosen so that they stand out among the products that are normally exhibited.

An association with history

The association of plumber owners of the Potable Water of Manresa

The Associació de Propietaris Plomistes de les Aigües Potables de Manresa, is a non-profit association, which has its origins in the transformation of the management of the potable water supply service in the city of Manresa. Until 1981, it was managed under the municipal authorization scheme, through the Drinking Water Board of Manresa, and as of this year, and once the service has been municipalized, and created the municipal company Aigües de Manresa, SA, under regime direct management

This association is created with the aim of defending the rights and interests of the plumber’s owners within the municipal company, in accordance with the Law of Associations of 1964, and complementary provisions.

It should be noted that the municipal company was created with the contribution of the assets and liabilities of the Drinking Water Board, where plumber owners were the “heirs” of the initiators of the water supply to the city, and that , from 1861 they faced the first investments through the sale of pens titles *.

The constituent assembly took place on December 23, 1981 and the founding act, in which the statutes were approved, on October 8, 1982. The bylaws were registered in the register of associations of the Generalitat, dated February 3, 1983.

The founding commission was made up of the following: Ramon Busquet and Guixé, Francesc Domènec i Bartra, Maurici Espinal i Batlles, Jaume Masana and Naudi, Josep Sauret and Bosch i Maurici Serramalera i Pinós.

In addition to the aforementioned purpose, in the statutes of the association, the aims of: to take care of the correct issuance of titles to the plomist owners, from those issued by the old Water Board of Drinking Water; the preparation and maintenance of the registration of the plomist owners, in accordance with transfers and amortizations that occur; propose, for its appointment, a representative to the Water Board of Manresa; and, finally, the collaboration with this, in the solution of matters related to the potable water supply service, in general, in the city of Manresa.

At present, the association, 741 plomistes, that have a total of 1,032.5 water pens (2,065 titles of ½ pen), of which 155.75 correspond to supply by capacity, 489 applied to accountant and 387 , 75 unused.

This association, since its inception, has been holding a general assembly every year. It has a section on the Aigües de Manresa website that contains documentation that may present a general interest.

* A manresana pluma is equivalent to a discharge of 2,468 liters of water per day

Ricard Tomàs, Director of operations, attached to management of the company Aigües de Manresa

“La Caixa” Welfare Projects collaborates with the Foundation in the dissemination of science and technology among children

The entity supports the project to create a space for children in the Museum of Technology aimed at children in Infant Education and the family audience.

This collaboration is part of the actions of Obra Social that directly drives CaixaBank’s financial network in Central Catalonia to respond to the needs of its immediate environment.

The director of the Business Area of ​​CaixaBank in Manresa, Beatriu Dorado, and the vice president of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia, Josep Alabern, today announced the collaboration of the ‘La Caixa’ Welfare Projects for the creation of a children’s corner at the Manresa Museum of Technology.

The objective of this space, which will be called Technique 3_6, will be to bring the technique to the younger children by making it easier for them to have fun asking questions about how things work, reflect and solve challenges. Children, accompanied by an adult, will have access to different proposals with content of a technical and technological nature of free choice. The children’s corner will be devoted to the family audience during the weekend (children up to 6 years old accompanied by a relative) and children’s education students, during the week.

The collaboration of “la Caixa” Welfare Projects will allow starting with three activities: the experimental panels, the transmission of movement and the midpoint arch and the vault of cannon.

The objective of the Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia is that the new corner of the children of the Museum of Technology become a reference space not only in the city but also in Central Catalonia.

“La Caixa” Welfare Projects has allocated an aid of € 5.000 to this collaboration, which is part of the actions directly promoted by CaixaBank’s financial network in Manresa to respond to the needs of its surroundings more immediate

Through these initiatives, and thanks to the confidence deposited by CaixaBank’s customers in the entity, the Welfare Project makes clear its commitment to Central Catalonia.

Welfare Projects: 510 million budget

The commitment of “la Caixa” Welfare Projects with the needs of the company in which it carries out its financial activity and with the welfare of people, one of its most defining features since its birth in 1904, continues to be More effective than ever. The entity works with an unavoidable goal: to contribute to the construction of a better and fairer society, giving opportunities to people who need it most.

In accordance with these principles and objectives, the entity maintains in 2018 the same desire to consolidate and intensify the work of the Welfare Project. This translates into an increase in its budget to reach 520 million euros, compared to 510 the previous year. The investment focuses primarily on the development of social programs with a transformative vocation. The fight against child poverty, the promotion of employment among vulnerable groups, the active and healthy aging of the elderly and the care of people with advanced diseases continue to be the priority lines of work. The commitment to research and knowledge, as well as support for culture, are also signs of identity of the institution.

The Museum of the Technique of Manresa achieves the “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”

With the aim of creating a sign of commitment for tourism sustainability based on the “Biosphere Certification” and promoting good practices in the sustainable management of tourism companies and services, its recognition through the distinctive, the Diputació de Barcelona and the Chamber of Commerce have promoted the sign of “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”. A recognition, which this morning, has collected 245 companies and services in the demarcation. Among them is the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.

The “Commitment to Sustainability Biosphere” wants to extend the culture of tourism sustainability to companies and tourist services in the Barcelona counties. This is a program developed by the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​with the support of the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR), whose main purpose is to implement more sustainable management in all agents of a tourist destination. The deployment and territorial implementation of the program is articulated with the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, ​​as a representative entity of the business sector of the regions of Barcelona and with a great territorial implantation, and the 11 regional tourism management entities in agreement with the Diputació of Barcelona.

In this way, the Diputació de Barcelona has promoted, along with the Institute of Responsible Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, ​​a methodology to guarantee the quality and sustainability of tourist services of a destination, public and private. A methodology that allows to acquire sufficient abilities for the sustainable management of these tourist services, in close relation with the different tourist services of the Destination. As a result of this voluntary implementation, the participating tourist services obtain the sign of “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”, annually renewable.

With this methodology, the Diputació de Barcelona has “Biosphere Certification” through its tourism brands and, from now on, tourism services and companies can be involved with their sustainability through the “Biosphere Commitment” .

In 2017, the Institute of Responsible Tourism, a body linked to UNESCO and partner of the World Tourism Organization and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, granted the Diputació de Barcelona and the three tourism brands of the demarcation – “Costa Barcelona”, “Paisatges Barcelona” and “Pirineus Barcelona”, the Biosphere certification as a sustainable tourist destination, a pioneering certification, based on the 17 Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations included in Agenda 2030.

From PTV to TDK

An exhibition that revives the history of Manresa between the 40s and 90s

The Manresa Museum of Technology hosts, from February 17 to May 20, an exhibition with elements and
historic and identifying furniture in Manresa, which will take us to travel in time and remember and recover an already past era.

The exhibition entitled “From PTV to TDK. How did we live in Manresa between the forties and the nineties? “, Has been curated by the historian Francesc Comas and journalist Anna Vilajosana. The exhibition is structured in five areas of everyday life and teaches us, from the bottom of pieces stored in the Manresa Technical Museum and other collections, a large variety of objects and situations that are part of the ” collective imagination of Manresa’s citizenship such as the legendary PTV, the chairs of La Rosita, the BECMAN siphon or the Caixa Manresa Guardiola notebook among others.

From the analysis of free time, teaching, work, power and the evolution of the city, it is intended that
People remember with the help of objects and environment of all kinds images, facts, situations, experiences, feelings, etc. Manresa in black and white in the 40’s in Manresa in the color of the nineties.

The exhibition is presented as a game, a journey through time for sixty years of the history of Manresa. A game where the only thing to do is to walk around the room, listen, watch and read the texts. Everything that you will find is part of our everyday life and they talk about us, how we were, how we lived, how we were having fun, how we worked, how we learned, etc.

As a preliminary and preparatory work on the exhibition, some historical memory workshops were held. Specifically, three, which revolved around different moments and important areas of the city: education, health, political changes, urban planning, etc. Several people, chosen for their representativeness and direct link with some of these changes, could say theirs, and show us a rich Manresa in nuances and with a story that we can hardly cover in this exhibition. From this previous work, the exhibition will show a little tasting, in the memory space.

Because the exhibition is closely linked to our memories, and surely your visit will make us come a lot to our minds has created a small space where you can leave these memories, these experiences that have generated the objects, the photographs, the sounds, the texts. There is a small space to receive these memories through writings, or if you prefer, of photographs and images that you can send us to the Museum of Technology and we will gladly reproduce.

“We want it to be an exhibition that generates memories and that allows us to continue collecting experiences and experiences of this time”

The exhibition will be open until May 20 from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the first repository of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.

Alba Subirana, director of the Museum of the Technique of Manresa