Marc de Piolenc

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last updated: 1. May, 2011

WHO are you?

  • Name - Marc de Piolenc
  • Location (city, country) - Iligan City, Philippines
  • Contact Information (email, phone, Skype) -

piolenc (at) gmail (dot) com;
piolenc (at) archivale (dot) com
+1 858 605-4554 (VOIP line)
Skype: piolencfm

  • Introductory Video -
  • Resume/CV -

François Marc de Piolenc
dba Autodidactics

P.O. Box 45984
Iligan City
9200 Philippines
Tel/Fax: +63 (63) 223-3953
Vonage line: +1 858 605-4554
Time Zone: GMT+8

Born November 1954, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Citizenship: USA (native) and France (derivative)


California Engineer-in-Training Certificate number 060072, 13 January 1984

University of California, San Diego-Senior standing

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Mathematics and Linguistics

University of the State of New York (Extension)-Associate in Arts degree conferred December 1979

United States Army - Counterintelligence training, German language instruction, instructor qualification

Phillips Academy (Andover), Class of 1972

Pazmany Aircraft Design Course, completed 1982


11/89-Present Self-Employed

AERO ENGINEER, AIRSHIP RIGGER (client: TAG International, Kuching, Malaysia) July-August 2007
Structural and aerodynamic load calculations arising from the redesign of the light nonrigid airship "Joey" purchased from the assets of Cargolifter AG, Germany. Repair and modification of the outer envelope. Advised on site preparation for first flight and on ground crew training.

AERO ENGINEER (client: ALOM Group, Kuching, Malaysia) February-March 2003
structural and Aerodynamic Design and Analysis of the AG-45 nonrigid airship. Design of bow thruster for terminal maneuvering and ground handling. Design of subscale model AG-22.

Before specialized database publishing tools were available, I devised a system using existing text editing, database management and desktop publishing software for publishing directories, catalogs and other large structured documents.
In addition to work done for clients, I currently publish Conversion Resources, a directory of companies providing specialized products and services of interest to those converting buses to motorhomes, entertainer coaches and so on.
Currently collaborating with authors of niche-market works needing to self-publish and market their work. Recent example: a treatise on low Reynolds Number aerodynamics with too small a market to interest the large technical and academic publishers.
I also provide specialized writing services in support of proposals and applications. Recent example: preliminary specifications for a seawater desalination system supporting a patent filing in Australia.
Recent technical work includes structural analysis of a modular FRP support tower structure for navigation aids, designed to be erected on-site without a crane.
Currently experimenting with CD-ROM publishing using Adobe Acrobat and "virtual Web pages."

8/87-1/88 Aerotek, Incorporated (Eugene, Oregon)

Work performed included rapid structural analysis of undocumented modifications to the internal suspension system of the Aerotek 138s nonrigid airship (blimp) just prior to first flight, design of the ripline deployment system for the 138s, and the design and implementation of a functional file system for company documents. I also served as ground crewman when the machine made its first flight.

1/85-10/89 University of California, San Diego


1/85-Present Self-Employed

My specialty is technical translations from German and French into English. In the last several years I have developed skill in translating documents in the areas of electronics, digital computers and user documentation for same; prior to that most of my work was in the mechanical and aeronautical engineering fields.
In addition to translating text, I also provide "turnkey" translation service, including editing, page layout and other prepress tasks to customer spec.

1983-present Association of Balloon & Airship Constructors (A.B.A.C.)

The ABAC was founded in 1974 by George E. Wright, Jr. to provide a central repository of technical information regarding the construction and operation of lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicles. In 1983, I took over from George the job of providing reprints from ABAC's technical library (now reaching 2000 items) to researchers worldwide. I took over as Editor of the association's quarterly magazine in 1994, when George left ABAC, and put ABAC on-line as soon as I had my first personal site up in 1996. Upon the death of E. Donald Woodward, Aerostation's publisher, the job of publishing Aerostation and running the Association fell to me as surviving officer. Sales of reprints from the collection have always been ABAC's only money-earning activity, but the work is labor-intensive and the costs of maintaining paper masters and producing photocopies have risen faster than the market value of the reprints. I have been gradually scanning the Association's technical document collection into Adobe Acrobat files in the hope of making the collection available at lower cost, both to me and to the researchers whom the Association was founded to support.

4/81-4/98 U. S. Army Reserve

Duties included counterintelligence inspections and surveys, investigations, preparation and presentation of area threat briefings, and overt intelligence collection. I was also responsible for instructing and supervising other agents.

Accomplishments: Army Achievement Medal for intelligence collection and tactical deception operations conducted during Exercise Celtic Cross. In 1986, participated in the research and writing of the US Army manual on counteracting terrorism. Selected to support US Army elements performing sensitive, overt intelligence collection operations in the Pacific.

11/88-Present U.S. Army Reserve

Senior Instructor and Course Manager for Counterintelligence (CI) Agent Basic Non-Commissioned Officer's Course (BNCOC). Also taught the basic CI Agent course. Occasionally used as one-man Mobile Training Team to teach difficult or complex subjects at satellite school sites and supported units. Called to active duty during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm to support Regular Army intelligence training. Helped re-write the Programs of Instruction (POI) and numerous individual blocs of instruction for the BNCOC and the basic CI Agent course for the Reserve Components. Helped in developing the new Army Linguist (97L) POI.

Army Commendation Medal (two awards); Army Achievement Medal (three awards).

7/81-12/84 Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. (San Diego, California)

Responsible for the security of classified Government contract work performed by Maxwell. Miscellaneous work included selection of off-site storage for d.p. media and sensitive documents, translation of technical papers, technical writing and running Maxwell's library.

Accomplishments: Rewrote Maxwell's Security Practices and Procedures (SPP) to keep pace with the company's rapid expansion and with increasingly stringent Government security standards. In cooperation with the Information Services department, implemented repetitive and time-consuming tasks on the company's inicomputers. Devised a way to modify an existing test facility to allow open storage of highly sensitive hardware related to the Strategic Defense initiative, making about 50% more time available for testing. Designed and implemented procedures for classified data processing.

9/80-6/81 University of California, San Diego


7/74-7/80 United States Army

While assigned to a two-man field office at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium, maintained national and field office level liaison with Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourgeois security officials, while carrying a high personal investigative case load (94 cases completed in two years). In my last year of active duty, served as S-2 (Intelligence and Security Officer) at a Military Intelligence Battalion headquarters. Served as interpreter (French/English, English/French, consecutive) and translator in liaison between 5th US Corps and 1st French Army for coordination of defense plans and joint exercises. Edited and presented US Fifth Corps Operations Plan in French.

First award of Army Commendation Medal

While assigned to Headquarters, US Army Intelligence Agency (USAINTA), took over a sensitive national-level intelligence production activity when its chief retired and his deputy was called away for training. Reported to a Deputy Director of Operations. Translated French- and German-language documentation for special intelligence equipment purchased by a support element.

Earned waiver of time-in-grade requirements for promotion to Sergeant.

6/73-12/73 Kapetan, Inc. (Orange, Conn.)


7/72-5/73 Société de Constructions Edmond Coignet (Nantes, France)

Coignet's specialty is prefabricated reinforced concrete buildings. My jobs were obtaining current materials prices, preparing cost and progress reports for the French Government regarding various low-cost-housing (HLM) projects, correcting and reproducing blueprints and running errands.


(co-author with D.E. Woodward) "The Largest Airship that Can Fit in Moffett Hangar #1." Proceedings, 10th AIAA LTA Systems Conference. AIAA-93-4046. This was a design study of a freight carrying rigid airship powered by a gas turbine driving a wake-immersed propeller. My share of the paper was the propulsion system.

(publisher and co-author, with George E. Wright, Jr.) Ducted Fan Design, Volume I. Responsible for the technical chapters; developed and wrote-up a simplified design method for ducted propulsors for the use of amateur builders and light aircraft designers. Also performed all prepress tasks. This volume is currently in revision; Volume II is in preparation.


Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 14 (Newsletter Editor, 1984)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Association of Balloon and Airship Constructors (Editor, quarterly magazine Aerostation)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

TWITT (The Wing is the Thing) (founding member and Newsletter editor, #2-#33) The purpose of TWITT is to promote the development of tailless and all-wing airplanes.


French-native speaker; have worked as interpreter and translator, both French to English and vice versa. German-good reading, poor conversation; extensive translation experience.

Office: Type 30 wpm; operate photocopier, microfilm camera, diazotype machine, process camera

Computer Languages: BASIC (various flavors), FORTRAN, PASCAL, HTML and JavaScript; learning C
Software Packages: dBase II/III, Paradox, Ventura Publisher, Ventura Database Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, Quattro Pro, MathCAD, various text editors, Microsoft Office 2000, various HTML editors; learning AutoCAD
Operating Systems: CP/M, MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows NT, Polymorphic EXEC; learning UNIX
Machines: Polymorphic 8813, Kaypro 4, Apple MacIntosh, IBM PC, PDP-8, PDP-11, VAX, Homebrew IBM-compatible personal computers

Miscellaneous: FAA-licensed Senior Parachute Rigger (back and chest ratings), student pilot


Skydiving, gunsmithing, writing, book collecting, beekeeping, gardening, aircraft design, engine design, computer work, rebuilding graphic arts equipment. Have converted two ex-commercial semi-trailers, one for file storage and the other as a library. Since emigration to the Philippines, converted 40-ft hi-cube cargo container to file storage area and library. Currently designing a two-seater wing-in-ground effect vehicle (WIG) for use in the Philippines.

WHY are you motivated to support/develop this work?

  • Do you endorse open source culture?

Of course. Not only does secrecy and a proprietary attitude toward knowledge and experience inhibit progress generally; it is bad for my business, which is making technical information available.

  • Why are you interested in collaborating with us?

Because your project meshes nicely with my own thinking over the last forty years or so. Decentralized, low-capital-cost production techniques and aids have fascinated me since I first heard about spark machining in my late teens.

  • How do you think that the GVCS can address pressing world issues?

As I see it, the world is afflicted not with overpopulation but with underemployment. People who have the knowledge to get around what you call artificial scarcity can raise themselves from poverty and create real wealth.

  • What should happen so that you become more involved with the project?

I need to learn more about it and to carve out time from my other commitments.

  • What are you missing in the project?

Too early to say, as this is my first step into it other than a quick visit to the wiki.

  • What are your suggestions for improvement of the project?

See above.


  • List all of your skills in these areas: Communications - Organizational - Computer Support - Finances - Design - Natural Building - Electronics - Automation - Metallurgy - Engineering - Fabrication - Agriculture - Energy - Architecture - Video/Graphics/Art - PR/Marketing - Education - Construction - Industry - CNC - Chemistry - Product Design - Other

Communications: I write and translate for a living; language is my primary tool.
Computer: Computer user since my late teens; excellent with database and high-end publishing tools; decent programmer in FORTRAN and Pascal.
Design, Engineering: Background is mechanical and aeronautical engineering. Have helped with both heavier- and lighter-than-air projects.
Fabrication: Basic shop skills in both metal- and woodworking, and in electronics (point-to-point and PC board).
Energy: Interested in "alternate" power since late teens. Have researched small hydro and wind extensively, and helped with hydro refurbish and upgrade projects here. Interested in more exotic schemes, too, like reverse electrodialysis.
Education: I am a good presenter and instructor.Chemistry: good grasp of general and inorganic, less strong of organic chemistry

  • How have you already contributed to the project?

Nothing yet.

HOW can you help?

  • How are you interested in contributing to the work of GVCS development?

I am interested in working on one of the 40 (or is it 50) key machines, especially the induction furnace which has been one of my research topics for years. I've been researching both the high-frequency/susceptor (microwave oven) solution for small-scale melting and the more conventional low-freqency induction method.

  • Can you volunteer to work with us, and if so, how many hours per week?

No, unfortunately. My time is not my own, and I have to be available when my translation customers need me.

  • Are you interested in working with us for pay? If so, what services can you offer, and what is your hourly or per-project rate?

I am always interested in working for pay. I need to determine, however, whether I have anything useful to offer. I will know more after perusing your material.

Interested, yes, but I will probably never be able to spare the time. I might be able to help others with their proposals and reports, however, and possibly with other details.

  • Are you interested in purchasing equipment from us to help bootstrap development?

Interested, yes, but not capable of shelling out money for any major undertaking at this time.

  • Are you interested in bidding for consulting/design/prototyping work?

If it turns out that I have something you need, yes - definitely. It may be that I have assets in my database and knowledge bases that can help. I'll know more after studying your material.

No, sorry. Cash is one thing I can't part with in any quantity at present.

  • Would you like to see yourself working with us on a full-time basis?

If the work were long-term, yes. But otherwise, I can't afford to alienate long-time clients by dropping all that I'm doing now.

  • Are you interested in using the technologies that we are developing directly?

Yes. Small-scale fabrication feeds into the projects that I want to undertake over here.

  • Are you interested in being part of the world's first, open source, resilient community? The GVCS is the preparatory step for the OSE Village Experiment - a 2 year, immersion experiment (2013-2014) for testing whether a real, thriving, modern-day prototype community of 200 people can be built on 200 acres using local resources and open access to information? We are looking for approximately 200 people to fill a diverse array of roles, according to the Social Contract that is being developed. This may be the boldest social experiment on earth - a pioneering community whose goal is to extend the index of possibilities regarding harmonious existence of humans, ecology, and technology - as a beacon of light to benefit of all people on Earth.

Again, I cannot afford to drop everything I am now doing to participate directly.