Progaramming in Rollercoaster design

Wednesday, December 6, 2000 8:47 PM
does anyone know who does the programming for the design of a rollercoaster, is the the company, theme park, designer? And also what does the program consist of? A rollercoaster that increases attendance? Well isn't that the job of any rollercoaster? Or is it more of a sensation based program? to increase atendance by do this or that to a rider. Oh well any feedback would be appreciated.
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Thursday, December 7, 2000 5:37 AM
What programming are you talking about?

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Thursday, December 7, 2000 3:43 PM
Maybe he's talking about linear programming (the stuff you do in math class) to solve problems that can increase profits and lower costs and increase attendence by using formulas and linear equations. That's just what I'm thinking. There might be because there's lots of money in consulting, and consulting firms do lots of linear programming to solve problems of that sort. Unless you're talking about a computer program, that would be a different story. *** This post was edited by smoothncomfy on 12/7/2000. ***
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Thursday, December 7, 2000 4:16 PM
I could be wrong, but I think he's talking about computer programming. Well I could be wrong here too, but I believe most coasters start out as blue prints, using what they did in the 1900's called "pencil and paper". lol. then I believe it is drafted into a computer to test if it could actually happen.... then they make a miniture model of it.
I know very little about this though... so I still have to *shrug*.

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Friday, December 8, 2000 4:14 PM
I would guess that there are CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs that have written specifically for roller coaster development. These programs may have been developed from scratch or they may be a module of or run inside of an existing high end (high dollar)cad system. Given the correct set of parameters this type of system can predict speed, g forces, etc. I would also guess that the rapid improvements in cad systems over the last decade has been a big factor in the superior ride of recent coasters. A coaster manufacturer may contract out this work but it seems like it would make sense to have the cad systems in house.
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Friday, December 8, 2000 4:38 PM
I am talking about design programming, or problem seeking. What is the problem that exsists? (ie. a rollercoaster that will increase attendance). Or possibly (a rollecoaster that will flip a rider upside down three times using diferent types of inversions). I guess the question is how precise is the problem statement (the program) of a rollercoaster before any design work actually begins? *** This post was edited by Bob Dole on 12/8/2000. ***
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