Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation
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Team Vision for Final Demo and HandoffWhat did your team plan to do during this phase?
- Complete deliverables for MSD (poster, presentation, & tech. paper)
- Close out small scale testing
- Prepare & be present for Imagine RIT
- Hand-off all documents (damage reports, cannon recordings, photos, notes, etc.) to GCV&M as well as report everything on EDGE
What did your team actually accomplish during this phase?
- MSD Deliverables: Poster completed on Thurs. April 18th, Lightning Presentation completed on April 23rd, and Technical Paper will be done by April 25th
- Recommendations for next iteration of this project
- Current plans for Imagine RIT on Saturday April 27th
Summary of All Previous Phases & Work
- Team generated Engineering and Customer Requirements for the project. Maintaining the spectacle without modifying the cannon, charge, or museum area was the ultimate goal.
- On-site testing was conducted with Reynolds Battery in October. No windows were broken that day, but significant movement of the window pane or sash was measured with the help of high speed cameras.
- Focus shifted to identifying the cause of window pane or sash movement. Subject matter experts suggested to look into low frequency sound waves.
- Team constructed a test fixture with donated sashes from GCV&M. These panes were exposed to cannon recordings to mimic the deflection seen on-site.
- Customers would like the team to give insight on the number of cannon firings the windows could safely be exposed to and see if stricter regulations of the cannon charges should be enforced.
Test Results SummaryThe panes did move when exposed to the sound, but not nearly as much as was seen during on-site testing. We were unable to acquire a better amplifier and speaker system to complete the following:
- Life cycle testing for number of cannon fires
- Max deflection amount of the donated sashes
From our previous phases and work, there is evidence that suggests the windows are impacted by the cannon blast. However it cannot be determined at this time if the cannon blast is the sole cause of the damage being seen by GCV&M.
With this in mind, the team would like to recommend a follow-up project to our teams work in order to complete a more in depth analysis for small scale testing and to also create a web based damage tracking system. The combination of these two will be able to hone in on the issues and concerns GCV&M has. These items are discussed in more detail in the Final Project Documentation section.
Risk and Problem Tracking
Final Project DocumentationWith the amount of research and test items for this project, there is a lot of documentation to hand-off to GCV&M as well as what the team felt best to recommend for future iterations of this project. Our team would also recommend to have a second iteration of this project in two distinct sections: App Development for Damage Reporting and a full built Small Scale Test.
MSD Deliverables & Imagine Materials
- Team's technical paper will be linked when completed for the Apr 25th deadline .
- MSD Team P19454 Final Poster.
- MSD Team P19454 Lightning Presentation.
- Items being worked on for Imagine include, but are not limited to: University News articles in larger poster format, MSD poster, Slide Show of Photos Attendance List of all exhibitors, Shift List (so one member of MSD team is at the booth at all times), Contact List (for MSD Team and Reynolds Battery to stay in contact with each other), QR Code Poster (Links to GCV&M, GCV&M Civil War Reenactment, Reynolds Battery, Alumni Association Video)
Future Iteration: Small Scale TestingOur team believes it would be beneficial for another iteration of this project to be completed. One team would be working on creating the speakers and acquiring an amplifier to properly conduct small scale testing. This recommendation was made with the following considerations:
- Amplifiers present a large investment cost, team found online sources suggesting prices of $200+. New iteration and team would have a larger specified budget to meet the construction costs.
- Speakers would either need to be purchased or built. Drivers would fit the frequency range needed to replicate the cannon fire. There is no guarantee this setup would perfectly replicate the results we saw at the demonstration but provided it has adequate low frequency response, it would be better than the devices we used.
- Other options include using a air cannon to reproduce a sharp increase in pressure and investigating ground vibrations.
- The current team dynamic (three Mechanical Engineers and one Industrial Engineer) cannot do this currently. Working with an Electrical Engineer and Audio Engineer are highly recommended as well as spending more time to design and prototype this whole build set-up.
- The construction of this small scale test set-up can then be used as a display piece or item at GCV&M. Its final uses could range from showing visitors the movement of the sashes to allowing them to understand the cannon boom during the winter season.
Future Iteration: Damage ReportingOur team believes it would be beneficial for another iteration of this project to focus on the Damage Reporting process/system for GCV&M. This recommendation was made with the following considerations:
- Paper records will work for now, but continuous use means additional storage and tracking for GCV&M staff. Electronic records would be preferred and would allow for easier sorting, categorizing, and analysis of damage reports.
- Digital platform will also allow for pictures of the state of windows to be recorded compared to sketched drawings.
- Training for damage reporting is also a concern. An app would be able to utilize instructions for filling out the report. A paper report will require more training and will most likely give more varied results.
- Current team dynamic (three Mechanical Engineers and one Industrial Engineer) do not have the technical proficiency to create this. Future team would have Software Engineers, New Media Designers, and any other fields that would be beneficial for App Design.
- Current Damage Report format (to be included)
- Videos & pictures of our work will be displayed during Imagine RIT, then handed over to customers
- Project was reported in the RIT News as well as in the University News Magazine of Spring 2019
Functional Demo Materials
- Pre-read was a brief 3-bullet summary of items to discuss since the EDGE page was and still is in the process of being updated
- Presentation for this phase was this EDGE page
- Notes and Action Items will be added to this review session
Plans for Wrap-up
- As a team, the deliverables need to be completed by the deadlines specified for MSD
- Bright eyed & bushy tailed for Imagine RIT with GCV&M and Reynolds Battery
- State of the Museum event for GCV&M stakeholders on the evening of May 8th
- Return all equipment and items from MSD (sashes back to GCV&M, sensors back to Blackbox Biometrics, sound meter to Guide Art North, etc.)
- Prepare all notes and documents for this project as well as a detailed list/description/recommendation for the next iterations