On October 23rd, the LA chapter met at Don Ramon’s In Huntington Beach to hear Doug Fisher give an encore presentation of his SAWE international talk of paper #3729, Application of SAWE Course “Developing Basic Parametric Methods” To Nacelle Weight Estimating. After enjoying the delicious Mexican food and some business about how great the upcoming conference will be (but, hey, that’s another blog post), Doug started his presentation after some minor technical difficulties.
Doug began by explaining what his approach to weight estimating before he took Andy Walker’s Developing Basic Parametric Methods class. He would plot his variables, he would get his equations, but he would not know how realistic or precise the information is. Andy’s parametric class gave Doug the knowledge to not only find a parametric relationship between variables, but the statistical tools to extract whether a relationship is real or coincidence and the uncertainty in his mass estimates. As Doug explained in his paper, “Providing a weight number is not enough. A justification of the weight estimate, backed up by a sound methodology that created that estimate, is critical in the understanding of risks associated with committing to the weight estimate.” Now Doug has the numbers and backup he can take to management. As Andy Walker remarked about Doug’s experiences, “it (SAWE training classes) means we’re having a direct, measurable, and positive impact on the decision-making process.”
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