Set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, one can find the beautiful archipelago named Azores composed by nine islands in which nature can be seen at it's best. The smallest island is named "Corvo" (Crow in portuguese) and is located on the most western point of the archipelago. With an area of only 17.11 km2 and a population of 486 people, Corvo is only accessible by a daily merchant boat from the neighbor island of Flores or by air 3 times a week...when weather allows it.
Hosting a Biosphere Reserve - mostly given the fauna that can be found here - and quickly becoming a major nature tourism destination, the Azores Government decided to create several Nature Centres in which visitors could explore a bit more about the local flora, fauna and history. These would include several multimedia tools such as interactive floors and kiosks.
Corvo was one of the selected islands to host one small Centre and we were contracted to develop and install all the multimedia solutions.
We were quite aware that being a remote area, sending out equipment could take a while or be tricky and things got trickier when the Government decided to "invite" us to reduce the contracted deadline in order to open the Centre during the Azores Official Day that would take all the government members and entities to Corvo.
We dispatched the kiosk to Corvo and it should arrive on the monday just before the official day (the following saturday). Our engineer landed on Corvo the next tuesday and all should seemed controlled. However, the cargo route to Corvo was overloaded. Given the celebrations, a lot of material was being dispatched and our kiosk kept being held at the neighbor island. To make things worse, bad weather was not cutting all exterior communications from Corvo.
As weather permitted, entities and equipments kept arriving to Corvo and despite our efforts, still no luck with the kiosk. Finally, it managed to arrive during the celebration day being literally thrown from the boat to the pier. The engineer made all the connections and pumped the kiosk on just in time of the inauguration.
As everything was now settled, a new logistic problem came up. The departing flight was cancelled due to weather and there wasn't any available bed at the island since everything was occupied by the government members so our engineer had no place to stay and no way to get out of the island.
Engineers do like solving problems so our own decided to talk to some fishermen and eventually got a ride to the neighbor island in a semi-rigid boat with our logistics team getting him back to our HQ the next day.
Here's a quick video regarding landings in Corvo island :)