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 Disney What’s So Difficult About Controlling Coasters? Nick Mansur Vice President Scientific Systems Walt Disney Imagineering Nick Mansur Vice President.

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1  Disney What’s So Difficult About Controlling Coasters? Nick Mansur Vice President Scientific Systems Walt Disney Imagineering Nick Mansur Vice President Scientific Systems Walt Disney Imagineering

2 TopicsTopics Environment Environment Approach Approach Next Generation Next Generation Environment Environment Approach Approach Next Generation Next Generation

3 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Operational Environment High CapacityHigh Capacity High AvailabilityHigh Availability Continually Changing Operations & Maintenance StaffContinually Changing Operations & Maintenance Staff Site-Dependent RegulationsSite-Dependent Regulations

4 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Political Environment The Public Believes a Disney Park Is Intrinsically SafeThe Public Believes a Disney Park Is Intrinsically Safe We Live in a Litigious SocietyWe Live in a Litigious Society We’re an Entertainment CompanyWe’re an Entertainment Company “Real” Requirements Are Often Subjective“Real” Requirements Are Often Subjective

5 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Development Environment Small TeamsSmall Teams Short TimeframesShort Timeframes Parallel Installation ActivitiesParallel Installation Activities

6 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Hazards CollisionsCollisions Excessive Accel/DecelExcessive Accel/Decel Unplanned/Unwanted MotionUnplanned/Unwanted Motion

7 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Other Considerations System InitializationSystem Initialization System Repair/Test ModesSystem Repair/Test Modes Station OperationStation Operation Adding/Removing VehiclesAdding/Removing Vehicles User InterfaceUser Interface

8 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Safety Philosophy Stop If There’s a ProblemStop If There’s a Problem “One Way Down the Mountain”“One Way Down the Mountain” No Reasonable Failure Shall Jeopardize Guest SafetyNo Reasonable Failure Shall Jeopardize Guest Safety Integrate Control and SafetyIntegrate Control and Safety

9 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Design Process Employ the “Right” PeopleEmploy the “Right” People Follow Standards & ProceduresFollow Standards & Procedures “Two Sets of Eyes”“Two Sets of Eyes”

10 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney The Design Proven TechnologiesProven Technologies RedundancyRedundancy Checking AlgorithmsChecking Algorithms

11 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Control Processor Monitor Processor Input Cards Input Cards Output Cards Output Cards Output Cards Bus Controller Message System Field Equipment (motors, valves, solenoids, etc.) Bus Status Sync, Votes Ride Status Power Disney Ride Control System Architecture Each Processor Sees the Same InputsEach Processor Sees the Same Inputs Each Processor Runs Identical SoftwareEach Processor Runs Identical Software Only Control Processor Controls Field EquipmentOnly Control Processor Controls Field Equipment Either Processor Can Remove PowerEither Processor Can Remove Power Sync/Vote Signals Used to Minimize DisagreementsSync/Vote Signals Used to Minimize Disagreements Field Equipment (sensors, monitors, buttons, switches, etc.) Power

12 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney Zone 2 Entry Sensor Zone 2 Brakes Zone 2 Exit Sensor Zone 3 Entry Sensor Zone 3 Brakes Zone 3 Exit Sensor Typical Block Zone At Least One Set of Closed Brakes Between VehiclesAt Least One Set of Closed Brakes Between Vehicles Exit Sensors Control Brake OperationExit Sensors Control Brake Operation Entry Sensors Detect IntrusionEntry Sensors Detect Intrusion Sensor Sequencing and Sensor/Subzone TimingSensor Sequencing and Sensor/Subzone Timing

13 Walt Disney Imagineering  Disney The Next Generation Drive for Bigger “Wow”Drive for Bigger “Wow” –Requires More Sophisticated Technology –Increases Complexity –Decreases Comfort Level California LegislationCalifornia Legislation


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