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How My Core Competencies Map To Working With Customer Systems

I created the figure below while I was working out the requirements for a simulation tool that would support analysis of this kind of system. While this diagram represents a fairly specific example of the set of things I’ve been … Continue reading

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System and Enterprise Architecture

The figure below shows a notional representation of an integrated, plant-wide control system for a type of modern strip mill. I installed one- and two-line tunnel furnace Level 2 control systems in several plants just like this. I’ve highlighted the … Continue reading

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Zoot Suits and Not-So-Bad-Dancing

I started swing dancing in 2001, during the tail end of the craze that started around the time of the 1998 Gap Commercial (famous among other things for popularizing the 3D still pan effect also prominent in the seminal sci … Continue reading

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Discrete-Event Simulation vs. Business Logic

I wanted to continue yesterday’s discussion by describing some differences between discrete-event simulations and systems that might be implemented to carry out business logic. The first diagram below shows a model of privately owned vehicles and commercial vehicles passing through … Continue reading

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Handling Complex Wait..Until Conditions

Last Wednesday I discussed some of the internal workings of discrete-event simulations. I should also mention that all of these discussions are based on a program running in a single thread that is trying to coordinate many activities. There are … Continue reading

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Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN 2.0)

Today I was able to complete a thorough power-read of the book Real Life BPMN by Jakob Freund and Bernd Rücker. I’ve performed discovery on, analyzed, characterized, automated, modeled, simulated, documented, controlled, and improved various kinds of customer processes more … Continue reading

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Don’t Use the Tool Until You’ve Already Solved the Problem

The article below opened the Continuum section of the August, 1981 issue of Omni Magazine (page 35, 15 in the linked pdf). It’s interesting to me because I took third-semester physics from Dr. Eisenstein, who is mentioned early in the … Continue reading

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Engineering as a Starting Point for Other Careers

Over the years I’ve met and worked with a number of people who started off as engineers and went on to do other things. One friend started as an electrical engineer and went on to become a corporate lawyer, though … Continue reading

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Right People, Right Analyses, Right Decisions

Some time ago I found myself in a gathering somewhere in the bowels of a large, very bureaucratic organization for which my company was doing some work. The room was full of forty or so senior managers and analysts, many … Continue reading

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