In our world today we tend to hope and believe that everything can be solved with technology. In some aspects that is correct but in others that assumption itself is a huge flaw in planning.
The world of biology is way more complex and unpredictable than the mechanical world. As an example, we have landed on the moon but have not succeeded in curing cancer and many other diseases.
In the RAS industry, the marketing hype is that technology is the most important factor and that growing fish on land in a building offers absolute control of the growing conditions.
While we agree that this is the case for hydraulics and many of the physicochemical parameters, we must not overlook the biological feedback loops that are in constant dynamics with human intervention and which require a finger on the pulse approach.
As RAS designers we take the approach that if it can go wrong, it will. This approach results in built-in redundancies and segregation between systems to give resilience and benchmarking.
RAS success requires developing the human resources that support a 24/7 critical system. It is like running an ER unit and you must have doctors and nurses and the whole team that supports them.
The human factor is responsible for identifying anything that goes wrong as fast as possible and fixing it without triggering worse feedbacks. The human factor is also responsible for making sure the day-to-day tasks are carried out with diligence and without critical failures.
“Problems are like funnels, with time they only get bigger!“