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TLCD Video Analysis using Matlab

19 February, 2011 (00:40) | Engineering, Programming, Research | No comments

To measure the liquid heights in a Tuned Liquid Column Damper, either very expensive wave bob metres are needed, or the researcher can go through video image frame by frame estimating the height of the liquid columns from a scale attached to the TLCD. To avoid this laborious task, and to increase the number of […]

Build a 15-storey Hotel in 6 days? No Problem!

8 February, 2011 (00:29) | General | No comments

Well worth a look for the prefabrication and impeccable logistical planning evident from the video. But it’s not that new…the Empire State Building took 18 months in total!

Optimization: Himmelblau’s Function

31 August, 2010 (00:18) | General | 1 comment

I just came across Himmelblau’s function for testing optimization routines. It has four local minima and one maxima so it provides a good test: I’m pleased to say my implementation of the Nelder-Meade Simplex Algorithm (on my C++ page here) was able to optimize it for each minima (depending on the starting locations of course). […]

Research Opportunities

30 July, 2010 (17:08) | Engineering, Research | No comments

DIT has released details of its new scholarship programme, the DIT Fiosraigh Scholarship Programme 2010 (for more details see here). Of particular interest to recent graduates is the Dean of Graduate Students Award. This will support the successful candidate with €16k+fees+€2k expenses per year, for up to 4 years. A minimum degree of 2:1 is […]

Bridge Collapses as Motivation

18 June, 2010 (13:48) | General | 3 comments

Sometimes its useful to re-motivate ourselves. A sobering TIME magazine photo-essay reminds us why we research and try to continually improve the design process: The Worst Bridge Collapses in the Past 100 Years Another collection is here:

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