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Computing in cold places: ice cubes, fjords and handwarmers

2021-10-26

Computing in cold places: ice cubes, fjords and handwarmers

2021-10-26
Organizer

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bcs-the-chartered-institute-for-it-12637046414
BCS Mid-Wales branch

SPEAKER

Dr Mark Neal, Ystumtec Ltd

AGENDA

A look at using computing to perform surveys with a novel deep-water sonar scanner in Greenland. This will discuss the challenges in performing this work and the lessons learned.

The meeting with start with a short Annual General Meeting for BCS Mid-Wales Branch. The talk begins straight after the AGM.

18:50 – Join the Zoom call

19:00 – Annual General Meeting for BCS Mid-Wales Branch

19:10 – Main presentation. This follows the end of the AGM.

20:30 – Close

SYNOPSIS

Fieldwork in any environment carries challenges and surprises but working in the extreme cold multiplies the opportunities for mistakes and failures in a number of ways.

A recent trip to Greenland to perform surveys with a novel deep-water sonar scanner exposed a number of interesting problems and modes of equipment failure. It also revealed that the majority of failures were due to “normal” human error which lead to failures, increased expense and reduced data quality on a number of occasions.

I will describe the conditions that we worked in on the floating ice, transport of equipment and people, the experience of working with complex IT systems and software in that environment and a few of the lessons that I learned. In particular the need for lightweight equipment, robust connectors, robust interfaces (hardware and software), reliable power sources and well established routines are considered.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Mark Neal left academia 4 years ago and now runs his small company that specialises in custom building hardware, firmware and software systems for research organisations in academia and industry.

The company has customers working in a number of fields including precision agriculture, autonomous survey, wild animal tracking, environmental monitoring and agrochemical application.

THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

BCS Mid-Wales branch

Visit : https://midwales.bcs.org/

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

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2021-10-26

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