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ECE 2799 Engineering Notebook Guidelines. Professors Bitar and Michalson www.bookfactory.com/special_info/engr_notebook_guidelines.html. “ Short pencil … Better than long memory ” ~ Confucius ~. Purpose of a Notebook ?. There are two primary purposes of an engineering notebook:

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Ece 2799 engineering notebook guidelines

ECE 2799 Engineering Notebook Guidelines

Professors Bitar and Michalson

www.bookfactory.com/special_info/engr_notebook_guidelines.html


“ Short pencil …

Better than long memory ”

~ Confucius ~


Purpose of a notebook
Purpose of a Notebook ?

  • There are two primary purposes of an engineering notebook:

  • One important purpose is project documentation.

    • Hint: Your homework assignments will be a lot easier if each team member keeps good written notes!

  • Another important purpose is authentication.

    • Where did your ideas come from, when and where?


Purpose

To Document

Ideas

Inventions

Experiments

Observations

To Authenticate

Dates

Details

Diligence

Ownership

Purpose?


Engineering notebooks in history
Engineering Notebooks in History

  • Historically, engineering notebooks have played an important role in both documenting and authenticating projects and inventions.

  • Great examples from history:

    • Alexander Graham Bell



Engineering notebooks in history1
Engineering Notebooks in History

  • Historically, engineering notebooks have played an important role in both documenting and authenticating projects and inventions.

  • Great examples from history:

    • Alexander Graham Bell

    • Thomas Edison, 1886



Engineering notebooks in history2
Engineering Notebooks in History

  • Historically, engineering notebooks have played an important role in both documenting and authenticating projects and inventions.

  • Great examples from history:

    • Alexander Graham Bell

    • Thomas Edison, 1886

    • Harold S. Black, Negative Feedback, 1921 (WPI)


One of black s notebook pages
One of Black’s “Notebook” Pages

Idea of negative feedback sketched out on an August 1, 1927 New York Times.


A notebook as documentation
A Notebook as Documentation

  • Organization Aid

    • Everything important is in one, portable place that everyone can review/copy and doesn’t require connectivity, electricity or even a table.

  • Memory Aid

    • It’s far too easy to forget ideas!

    • “Things to do lists”

    • “Action items”

    • Responsibilities.

  • Capture of Ideas

    • “Midnight epiphanies”


Notebook content for this course

Sketches, Concepts, Ideas, Approaches

Issues To Be Resolved

Team Member Responsibilities

Schedules

Current Project Status

Block Diagrams

Circuit Diagrams and Schematics

Draft requirements

Experimental Data

Information Sources

Tables, Equations and Graphs

Cost Analysis

Contact Info

Meeting Notes

Conversation Log

Notebook Content(for this course)


Format
Format ?

  • Permanently Bound Notebook

  • Numbered Pages (DO NOT Tear Out!)

  • Table of Contents (or tabs)

  • Sign, Date, and Record Times on Each Page

  • Witness Signatures

  • Work Neatly in Ink (Cross Out – DO NOT Erase!)

  • Label Figures, Charts, Tables, Equations, etc.

  • Do Not Leave Blank Areas (delimit dates)

  • Reference All Secondary Sources


Practical notekeeping
Practical Notekeeping

  • In a modern design environment, there are two types of project documentation you will generally keep

  • Electronic notes

    • Schematics, PCB Layouts, Simulations

    • Computer code, design documents

  • Handwritten notes

    • Your engineering notebook

    • Documents the design process


Electronic notes
Electronic Notes

  • While electronic information is essential, it has its problems:

    • Proper electronic documentation really requires a revision control system –

      • Who made changes?

      • What changes were made?

      • When were the changes made?

      • Why were the changes made?

      • Do I have the most recent revision?

  • Source code “war stories”


Use of notes as legal documents
Use of Notes as Legal Documents

  • Since the AIA the notebook (notes) as a demonstration of conception and reduction to practice for patenting is (may be) less important.

  • Notes may be a defense against misappropriation of trade secrets. (new)


Why am i underlining notes
Why am I Underlining Notes?

  • In terms of design documentation and possible litigation support, notes includes everything project related:

    • Written engineering notebooks

    • Computer files

    • Printouts

    • Datasheets

    • Pictures

    • Etc., etc., etc.


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