JPL Procurement Automation

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In 1993 at JPL, shadow systems were a huge time, energy, and resource waste at the Lab. While working as a Group Admin Assistant, one of my tasks was to generate Procurement forms for parts used by the scientists and engineers. There were several “shadow” systems for Procurements but none that were very efficient. Nicholas built a database using dBaseIII+ on a little 286 Novell networking server that used the multi-part “official” form of the Procurement Division and made it available to all 8,000 people on the entire Lab. Even the “Just in Time” guys utilized the system as it was much more efficient than the mainframe system. Download Brochure
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Submarine Underwater Logs

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1978 on board the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine USS James Monroe 622B, Nicholas was watching his fellow crew members labor under the tedious task of calculating the corrections for the ship's under water log calibrations, Nicholas wrote a program for a faired-line curve calculation on a Tektronix Desktop Calculator. These calculations were done by hand, plotting out the numbers from the runs manually and then figuring out what the offset was and entering those into the underwater logs for correction. Doing this task took about 4 hours to complete, but with Nicholas' faired line curve program, it was reduced to just 2 minutes and with a higher degree of accuracy. Download Brochure
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