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TECHNICAL TIPS

  

SPECIALISED SOFTWARE

  

The best way to ruin a project manger's day is to mention bespoke software.  As operating systems become ever more sophisticated, code more expensive to write and there is a greater need for applications to encompass safety considerations, finding off-the-shelf software that can be tweaked to your precise requirements without reducing integrity is becoming increasingly difficult.  (Read moreÖ)

 

 

THE TUNING OF CONTROL LOOPS IN PRACTICE

 

In textbooks there is much about the design methods using Root Locus or Frequency Response which all rely on a good model for the process.  However, in practice an engineer will need to adjust a controller to suit the performance requirements of a system, where little is known about the dynamics.  (Read more...)

 

 

INFREQUENT EXTREME EVENT DETECTION

 

A missile attack is a very infrequent but extreme event, the sort you donít want to miss detecting.  Finding a one-off event amongst background noise, such as a bolt rattling around inside a tumble dryer may be easy to detect with a human ear; getting a computer to perform the same task is very difficult.  (Read more...)

 

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