Sandvik Mining and Construction – Software has quarries all mapped out

Whilst on the subject of underground activities, I saw a report of a quarry simulator developed by Sandvik Mining and Construction. Sandvik claim that: “By analysing the process from the rock face to finished product, SimQuarry can identify production bottlenecks. With over 100 variables available, the software can identify the true cost of drilling, blasting,…

Divine Strake – more public simulation

A report by Physicians for Social Responsibility uses the US governments own Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC) software to predict the collateral damage that a bunker-busting RNEP bomb would cause. HPAC was produced by the US Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), to “assist warfighters in destroying targets containing weapons of mass destruction and responding…

Pork and simulation

A list of pork barrel projects in 2006 finds $55 million was allocated to 24 simulation projects. The US Coalistion against Government Waste publishes a Pig Book listing pork barrel projects. If you search for the key-word simulation it produces (by state) OH 1 project worth $5,000,000 – “joint NASA-AFRL research in advanced air traffic…

Face Reader

Wired reports the development of a face reader to help autistic people to determine the emotions of other humans. A socially useful tool, but also a further extension of the system state. According the Emotional Soical Intelligence (ESP) web site, “The prosthetic infers affective-cognitive mental states from head and facial displays of people in real…

The ultimate Web 2.0 application: Printing Life?

The New Scientist reports that scientists can now use a special ink made of “clumps of cells a few hundred micrometres in diameter” to print living tissue. The ultimate in social software? The ink is sprayed on to a layer of gel. The droplets fuse and after a while start to behave as normal cells.…

Divine Strake: simulation and signalling.

The Nevada Environmental Protection Division has postponed the US government simulated nuclear explosion planned for 2 June. According to Arms Control Wonk it is to test the effects of a real nuclear weapon. This is code-named Divine Strake. Public interest in it is a good example of the context in which simulations take place. Apparently…

How to use a simulation?

See here for an interesting simulation of bird flu migth spread across the US. Impressive detail has gone into the simulation, but how many assumptions does it make and how should it be used? You can download a Quicktime video of this simulation running. This simulation, writen at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is based…