Effective File Organization for Managing Projects

Apr 6, 2016 12:31:41 PM | Posted by Brad Ems

If everyone on a team is not on the same page when it comes to file storage and keeping everything orderly, the result can often lead to a mess that will require a project-sized effort to fix the problem.

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Program development: How to simplify a complex system

Aug 12, 2014 4:09:27 AM | Posted by Brad Ems

Control systems engineers work on processes that can be incredibly complex. The interactions of process, operator, environment, and control systems can produce at time a dizzying and bewildering array of outcomes.

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein

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Earned Value In Control Engineering Projects

Jul 23, 2013 3:23:07 AM | Posted by Brad Ems

There is a scene in the screen adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” where a struggling businessman comes to speak with the protagonist, Hank Reardon, in his office and the following exchange takes place:

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4 Rules For Designing Safety into Control Systems

Nov 13, 2012 3:47:49 AM | Posted by Brad Ems

When you see a talk about safety, your first expectation is probably something on proper PPE, procedures or other aspects of safety that are typical fodder for safety “toolbox talks.” What I’d like to discuss in this post, at least in a very general way, is how to design safety into your process control system.

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Expecting The Unexpected: The Risks That Didn't Make The Project Plan

May 1, 2012 3:58:00 AM | Posted by Brad Ems

If you’ve been in controls long enough, it’s happened to you: a project that seemed to be going well suddenly hits a wall that was unforeseen and whose effects threaten to derail it irreversibly. My Waterloo came with a project to automate a press that made abrasive bars for honing pipe welds, compressing sand-like material into rectangular “sticks” that were then baked to produce the final product.

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