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Steve Zorichak

After the recent debacle in Iraq in which ex-military-contract security guards’ bodies were publicly desecrated, “Operations Research” might design the solution:

The top 15 leaders of each community would each be given their own brightly painted golf cart. As each military of supply convoy approached their town, a reception committee fo at least five leaders would motor out of town about a mile and form an escort consisting of a lead cart, follow-up cart and escorts along the length of the convoy.

The same thing would exist on their way out of town.

For about $15,000, this might reduce or possibly minimize roadside bombings.

“Operations Research” is the title of classes of studies involving measuring periodic perfomance records of established operating processes at the Colorado School of Mines.

A favorite classic case history example is of a four-mile tunnel into a mine with only one set of rails in a narrow tunnel. How could the capacity be increased without shutting down the mine to widen the tunnel? The solution involved a side spur in the middle to allow the train of empties to pull off the main track while the loaded train exited the mine.

Thiis was an actual solution to a mining problem recommended to Climax Molybdenum Co. (now known as Amex) at their Henderson Mine.

In 1972, Dr. Robert Woolsey, professor and founder of the class of studies, had a marvelous solution for the solution of a factory polluting a major waterway. The plant effluent discharge pipe was to be placed one mile upstream of the water intake, giving a great inspiritation to not have accidental discharges fo contaminants.

Possible golf cart escorts might reduce road mines in Iraq.

Steve Zorichak

Vail


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