Designing an Estimation Process

In many organisations (especially larger commercial or government) it is common for the project governance processes to require an estimate of project costs before funds can be released and the project launched. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an estimate…

Building Community Centred Economies Conference

Later this week I’m participating in a round table at the Building Community Centred Economies Conference in Brisbane. I’ll be one of the panelists discussing leadership. The session title is “Leading the Future: Is a new management paradigm a precondition…

Agile Systems Integration

Before I started work on a recent project, I was asked if Agile methods could be applied to a systems integration project. Naturally I said yes, (responding more from instinct rather than first hand knowledge) – but as soon as…

KBE System Definition

Dave Cooper of Genworks published an AIAA paper where he defines the minimum set of features for a Knowledge-Based Engineering (KBE) system. These features include: Functional Coding Style: programs return values, rather than modifying things in memory or in the…

Cloud Computing Explained

The launch of Google’s Chrome browser has triggered media hype around cloud computing issues. The ABC’s Background Briefing has a very entertaining podcast and the show page has some great links for further information. My favorite is the song about…

Classifying Social Networking Web Sites

This image is an interesting picture I found on Brian Solis’ Blog that groups social media web sites in terms of the forum they provide for sharing information, ideas and conversations.

Scientific Computing – Online Magazine

The Scientific Computing World web site is a great resource that provides information in the areas of Data Analysis, Modelling, Simulation, Data Management and High Performance Computing. The site also provides a free subscription to the magazine and numerous articles.

Open Source Computational Engineering Tools

Engineering analysis software has been traditionally dominated by large commercial vendors such as MathWorks (MATLAB), MSC (NASTRAN/PATRAN), ANSYS (ANSYS and Fluent), Dassault Systemes (CATIA) and SIEMENS (NX and FEMAP). This is probably because these tools attract a comparatively small user…

Tag Clouds With Wordle

A while ago I wrote some code to generate tag clouds from a set of words – mainly for fun. But I have just discovered Wordle. From their web site … Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from…

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