THE WELCH COMPANY
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S U M M A R Y
DIARY: January 22, 1992 10:00 AM Wednesday;
Visit Broadwater plant to transfer SDS from plant to Helena computer.
3...SDS Helping Mike Manage Power Plant
....Thinking through Writing Invest Intellectual Capital for Discovery
....Ignorance is Bliss, Knowledge is Power
........What is "Knowledge" -- Wisdom, Vision, Connection Patterns
........How Does SDS Use the Alphabet to Grow better Knowledge?
4...Minimal Vortex during Winter
5...Vortex varies by Power Level
6...No Apparent Correlation to Vibration
7...Advantages of Eliminating Vortex
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DNRC Computer Support, SDS
Backup and Transfer between computers
Transfer between computers
0805 - ..
0806 - Summary/Objective
080701 - Follow up
080703 - I installed updated SDS code on Mike Sims computer at the Broadwater
080704 - Dam Power Plant. Included some routines that facilitate transferring
080705 - information between the plant computer and the Helena computer, where
080706 - Mike spends most of his time.
080708 - ..
080709 - Discussed the importance of backing up data every day. Explained the
080710 - advantages of tape backup systems. Mike will investigate this.
080717 - ..
0810 - How to Transfer data between computers
081101 - CPY.BAT
081103 - To transfer data from Helena to the plant, enter at the DOS prompt:
081104 - ..
081105 - C>cpy m-d-yy
081107 - Where "m" = month, "d" = day, and "yy" = year.
081109 - ..
081110 - Example, to take stuff from Helena computer to plant computer
081111 - beginning with the last time a transfer occurred, enter:
081113 - C>cpy 1-21-92 <Enter>
081115 - ..
081116 - This transfers data beginning on Jan 21, 1992. You could just as
081117 - well transfer data from Dec 15, 1992, it that was the last time a
081118 - transfer occurred from Helena to the plant computer.
081120 - ..
081121 - To download from the disk created on the Helena computer, take the
081122 - disk to the plant, and install in the a: port of the plant
081123 - computer, and enter:
081124 - ..
081125 - C>cpx <Enter>
081127 - ..
081128 - Note that a parameteris NOT needed to download.
081130 - ..
081131 - Now while your at the plant you have conformed the plant computer to
081132 - the content of the Helena computer. All of your records are fully
081133 - available. You can add more records while at the plant. When you
081134 - leave, simply REVERSE the process, except use the date for TODAY to
081135 - get the plant data to take to Helena. Then download at Helena and
081136 - take off. Everything you entered at the plant will be on the Helena
081137 - computer.
Writing Improves Understanding Organizational Memory
Alphabet Enhanced Integrate Time Information
Information Data Not Knowledge, Wisdom, Vision
Plant Maintenance on Broadwater Dam Good Management Practices
Integration with existing systems
Define - Knowledge Experience Chronologies Cause Effect Over Time fo
200901 - ..
200902 - SDS Helping Mike Manage Power Plant
200904 - Mike said that SDS is helping him manage the power plant.
200906 - ..
200907 - He suggests marketing SDS as a plant management too. He feels SDS is
200908 - ideal for managing the myriad tasks that need to be scheduled, and for
200909 - keeing records of events that occur in running the plant, including
200910 - maintenance. Mike advised that Bryon is beginning to use SDS with the
200911 - result that a lot fewer action items are "slipping through the
200912 - cracks."
200914 - [On 920127 Mike's evaluation. ref SDS 3 0001
200916 - ..
200917 - Mike recalled mentioning his views about SDS to Walt and Sarah at the
200918 - DNRC Christmas party last month. He said they strongly opposed using
200919 - SDS because it permits "discovery" of information that can be harmful
200920 - to the user; so, he did not pursue the discussion.
200923 - ..
200924 - Thinking through Writing Invest Intellectual Capital for Discovery
200926 - "Discovery" can also be helpful. We can "discover" critical
200927 - knowledge and ideas to accomplish quality work in a timely manner
200928 - to avoid mistakes. We "discover" defective work and correct it
200929 - before significant damage is done, so that a lawsuit does not lead
200930 - to discovery by lawyers of mistakes we overlooked because we were
200931 - too worried about discovery by others to discover things ourselves
200932 - in time. When damage does occur we can "discover" the cause to
200933 - reduce the impact and avoid future occurance. Only when we fail to
200934 - discover or refuse to act upon our discoveries, can they be used
200935 - against us when discovered by others.
200937 - ..
200938 - The issue is whether there is greater gain by enhancing our oppor-
200939 - tunity to discover, or in limiting discovery by others?
200942 - ..
200943 - Ignorance is Bliss, Knowledge is Power
200945 - Stated another way, is it better to limit the user's opportunity to
200946 - do a good job in order cover-up poor performance? Should business
200947 - systems then be focused on finding out or ignoring. Are knowledge
200948 - and ideas better than ignorance? Is the bliss of ignorance
200949 - greater than the power of knowledge? Perhaps this is why someone
200950 - needs to be dedicated to perform this task, because it is too
200951 - psychologically demanding for managers to do it each day.
Knowledge Defined Connecting Cause Effect
Alphabet Technology Augments Intelligence
Alphabet Connects Small Meanings into Larger Understandings
Alphabet Technology Connects Small Meanings into Larger Understanding
Knowledge Connecting Similar Patterns of Experience Over Time Imparts
Knowledge Cause Effect Experience Takes Time Connections
Good Management Defined Intelligence Memory Organization Analysis Ali
Organizational Memory Who What When Where Why How; 901011
Architecture Human Thought Information and Knowledge
321301 - ..
321302 - What is "Knowledge" -- Wisdom, Vision, Connection Patterns
321303 - How Does SDS Use the Alphabet to Grow better Knowledge?
321305 - From review of Campbell's book on AI in the record for 900303,
321306 - ref SDS 1 3002 and ref SDS 1 3016, and from experience, using
321307 - SDS for about 6 years, POIMS technology posits that "knowledge"
321308 - is a web of connected information, ref OF 1 3385 and also,
321309 - ref OF 1 1299, organized by subject context, or "catagories,"
321310 - based on human needs, see work on 910221. ref SDS 2 RR5I
321311 - Subjects beyond personal needs include physical objects like
321312 - people, organizations, buildings, etc, and, also, conceptual
321313 - objects like a "plan," "courage," "vision."
321315 - ..
321316 - Some authorities describe organizational memory that supports a
321317 - process of organizational learning, also, continual learning.
321318 - SDS supports investing intellectual capital to capture a
321319 - greater share of daily details, which provides a resource that
321320 - strengthens understanding and follow up, under Covey's ideas
321321 - reviewed on 921205. ref SDS 4 2231
321322 - ..
321323 - Alphabet technology connects small meanings into larger
321324 - understandings of context. Connecting similar patterns of
321325 - context over time comprises human experience that imparts cause
321326 - and effect, which can be recalled when needed to make decisions
321327 - by predicting future results based on past patterns, as set out
321328 - in the record on 910221. ref SDS 2 OP7M Well established
321329 - patterns from repeated experience yield rules, or paradigms,
321330 - that the mind employs to make decisions when information is
321331 - incomplete. The mind therefore uses information to grow new
321332 - knowledge, and it uses knowledge to jump to likely conclusions
321333 - when information is missing, or flows too fast to be adequately
321334 - connected and organized by the mind.
321336 - [On 940609 developed this idea for understanding allure of
321337 - information tht absorbed immediately, whereas knowledge
321338 - requires additional investment of time. ref SDS 5 8854
321339 - ..
321340 - The alphabet provides a mechanism to externalize internal
321341 - thinking by assembling small meanings from individual letters
321342 - into larger understandings. Writing therefore provides a good
321343 - way to discover the knowledge by revealing connections in the
321344 - mind, as external objects. These objects can then be crafted
321345 - to improve knowledge, and of course can be preserved for
321346 - accurate re-use.
321348 - ..
321349 - This, however, is not the accepted view.
321351 - ..
321352 - Many people feel that writing is an exercise for conveying to
321353 - others what they "know" and that it is unnecessary to discover
321354 - and craft knowledge, which they believe they already possess.
321355 - This confuses "knowledge" with temporal impressions. What we
321356 - feel we "know" in our mind today will be viewed differently
321357 - tomorrow because of different circumstances and a different
321358 - emotional climate. It will come at us in a different manner.
321359 - SDS uses writing as an instrument to discover what we know.
321360 - That is, we do not know anything useful and reliable for
321361 - decision making until and unless we can write it out in a way
321362 - that accomodates all related information and ideas, and is
321363 - consistent within itself.
321364 - ..
321365 - Therefore we do not really have a choice between
321366 - retaining our knowledge in our mind where it is seemingly safe
321367 - from prying eyes in litigation "discovery," and writing it down
321368 - so we can discover for ourselves what has transpired.
Defenses, Counter Claims by Voith
3306 - Vortex Inspection
330701 - ..
330702 - I mentioned a discussion yesterday with Dave O'Day of Power
330703 - Engineering, about Voith claiming during the meetings on Jan 14, 1992
330704 - in York, PA, that the vortex may be some of the cause of the excessive
330705 - noise/vibration coming from the speed increaser.
330708 - ..
330709 - Minimal Vortex during Winter
330711 - We examined the vortex while at the plant. Mike explained that
330712 - because of the unusually warm weather the past few days, the inlet is
330713 - not iced over today, and so we can see the vortex. Most of the time
330714 - during the period from approximately November to March, the inlet is
330715 - iced over.
330717 - I asked if there is a vortex when the inlet is completely iced
330718 - over. Mike indicated he would expect under such conditions there
330719 - would be only very minimal vortex, even when operating at full
330720 - capacity, because the suction of the ice covering would retard the
330721 - development of the vortex. This point requires further research.
330723 - ..
330724 - Today, the plant is running at 4 MW and there is a very slight and
330725 - intermitant vortex. The surrounding ice seems to break up the
330726 - vortex as it is formed. The opening in the ice is approximately
330727 - 10' x 20' at the south abutment or nosing. It seemed to us that
330728 - this constitutes no effective vortex effect, but rather is a slight
330729 - swirling that begins a vortex and then immediately breaks up.
330732 - ..
330733 - Vortex varies by Power Level
330735 - Mike explained that without ice cover the vortex at 4 MW might be
330736 - expected to reach 6" or so in depth. At 10 MW (full power) the vortex
330737 - can reach up to 2'6" in depth. In all cases the vortex is not
330738 - constant. Often debris eliminates the vortex for awhile at all power
330739 - levels.
330741 - ..
330742 - No Apparent Correlation to Vibration
330744 - Mike said that throughout his 2 year tenure as plant superintendent,
330745 - he has been aware of the vortex, but has not noticed any apparent
330746 - correlation to the noise/vibration condition of the speed increaser.
330747 - He feels the latter problems have been steadily worsening, even though
330748 - the vortex is intermitant and essentially non-existent during the
330749 - winter.
330752 - ..
330753 - Advantages of Eliminating Vortex
330755 - Mike feels it would be beneficial to eliminate the vortex in order to
330756 - increase income for the State:
330758 - The State incurs considerable extra expense in removing debris
330759 - sucked into the trash rack by the vortex.
330761 - ..
330762 - The vortex expends energy that should otherwise be producing
330763 - revenue as power output.
330765 - ..
330766 - The additional trash caught on the trash rack further and
330767 - significantly reduces river flows through the plant which reduce
330768 - power output and income to the State.
330771 - ..
330772 - We recalled that the representatives from Acres indicated during their
330773 - interview for the Broadwater assignment, that they have special soft-
330774 - ware to analyse these problems, and that they have successfully
330775 - designed solutions on other projects.