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“Available resources” What is available is the key to success Ease and feasibility of construction / assembly defines built versus not built Ship a prefab steel struct. to Antarctic Bolts easy to lose hard to replace Design for welded connections But No welders (human resource) Making Decisions Most questions/problems have no “correct” answer Often a “down” side for every “up” side But Engineering Decisions must be made based on the evaluation of the information available and on the time we have to make the decision. Ultimate decision depends on Relative importance of each factor Who is making the decision And …..? AVRO ARROW and Iroquois Engine Project Project cancelled February 20, 1959 (Black Friday) Government ordered everything related to the Arrow destroyed Six flyable Arrows cut up and sold (6 1/2 cents a pound)
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Unformatted text preview: • Plans, drawings, photos, negatives, films – anything related to the Arrow Project was destroyed – No record of aircraft existed The AVRO Arrow Some say: “The scrapping of the Arrow seems an act of either inspired malevolence or of criminal stupidity. A mocking epitaph to the work of the men and women who built her.” Unlikely everyone will arrive at the same conclusion Looking for a Good Decision , not a “ Right Answer ” And what is a “Good” decision We at least hope that the final decision is “well made” considering all of the information available at the time the decision is made Consider four phases to the Design Process 1. Defining the Problem 2. Formulating Solutions 3. Developing Models and Prototypes 4. Presenting and Implementing the Solution...
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