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  1. #1 Need you help please. 
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    Hello.

    I'm new to the forums. I have joined specifically to find someone (and others later hopefully) to help myself and my friends with a project we are working on. We have been developing the theoretical side of the project for the last year and have now reached the stage where we need skilled assistance in specific areas.

    Initially we need someone with practical skills in using scientific computer programs and if possible access to those programs on a day to day basis. We estimate that initially the help we require would one or two days to achieve to supply us with the data we require. Naturally, the person(s) helping us would be remunerated for their services.

    If anyone is interested in helping us or who knows anyone who might (a member here or not), can they please either reply in this thread or contact me with a private message. Note that for the moment, what details I can post on the project are vague, simply because of our desire to protect our data and information.

    Should anyone give us the help we need, they will have the option to go further within the project to the next stage. Details on this and other aspects will be provided once contact has been established.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our request and I hope someone can give us the help we require.

    Regards

    Gary Steadman


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    What you need is to learn how to give specific information without giving details. Specifically, you need to write a requirements document for internal use and then pick specific requirements you are trying to fill, and post the requirements.

    I'm sure lots of people have experience in "scientific computer programs" on this forum, the question is WHAT programs? I can list at least 20 programs I've used that can be considered scientific, but I wouldn't know if any of them meet your criterion.

    That, and a project overview is always a good thing to add. People are not going to do anything without knowing exactly what it's for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alienmindsinc
    What you need is to learn how to give specific information without giving details. Specifically, you need to write a requirements document for internal use and then pick specific requirements you are trying to fill, and post the requirements.

    I'm sure lots of people have experience in "scientific computer programs" on this forum, the question is WHAT programs? I can list at least 20 programs I've used that can be considered scientific, but I wouldn't know if any of them meet your criterion.

    That, and a project overview is always a good thing to add. People are not going to do anything without knowing exactly what it's for.
    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm vague in my description because i lack the approptrite terms to use in my description, nothing more.

    The help we require is in using computer programs to gather data on mainly temperature, thermodynamics and atmospheric pressure. Its from using this data we intend to construct a working prototype within the project.

    As a first step, we are simply looking to make contact with people who may be able to help us, after which more direct means of contact can be used (email/phone etc) to explain more fully the project details (in general) and what we require.

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    Gary
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    Well, two things:

    1. Most programs in research are made tailored to fit the situation. It seems to me you're looking for an embedded designer/programmer, and computer programmer to interface with your instruments. I would suggest off the shelf instrumentation and LabView from National Instruments to any researchers that need quick results.

    2. Temperature and pressure are quantities that have plenty of instruments already created that may have the ability to record data. I would suggest looking for them, and finding the programs that go along with them. Thermodynamics, however, is a field of study. A lot of engineers have it in their background somewhere.

    You still have not provided anyone with enough information to allow them to know if they are able to help you or not.

    You should write up that requirements doc I told you about, and discuss it in your group.

    It should be phrased like:

    "We need someone to:

    1. design a system to record temperature and pressure
    2. Design a weather balloon system to carry the instruments
    3. Retrieve the recorded data
    4. Run the data through a curve fitting mechanism to produce models
    5. Test the models against our thesis
    6. Repeat the tests several more times and refine the model
    "

    and then you should break it down further like:

    "1a. The system should record temperature and pressure every 500 microseconds and store the data on board.
    1b. The data should be stored in a computer readable fashion.
    1c. The storage mechanism should be in non-volatile memory
    1d. The data should be time stamped
    1e. The data should be gps-logged.
    "

    Do this for each part of your system, and then see what you can't do on your own. When you have that list of things, you should post something like:

    " We need an experienced engineer capable of designing and programming an embedded system capable of operating in a low temperature/low pressure region. This board will record data every X seconds, and be able to store it in non-volatile memory for future retrieval."

    This way, you get everything you need without giving away any information.
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