Team Number: 071
School Name: Southwest Secondary Learning Center
Area of Science: Engeneering
Project Title: Ventsim
With the aid of the VENTSIM program, those responsible for safe economical mine ventilation now can seek optimal solutions to problems associated with the design and operation of such systems. This is a dramatic departure from the practice of the past when solutions to ventilation problems had to be accepted, generally without knowing any more than that a possible solution had been found. Thus, the digital computer permits a range of solutions to be explored for selecting the solution that would meet the requirements at the lowest cost.
However this program is considered very outdated by todays standards considering it is writen in the old language of fortran 77. This poses a significant problem in light of the fact that data had to be entered into the program via punch-cards. Our goal is to rewrite this program in a newer more accessible language so that it can be used more widely and effectively.