There is no such thing as an easy experiment and no substitute for careful experimentation.

The final phase of the Seismonitor project will involve research investigating accurate interpretation of the existing Richter scale and by thus calculating the earthquake simulators performance in outputing transitional physical variables. To do this the simulator will undergo a series of experiments calculating the physical transformations of Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration. (DVA)

The approach to this experimentation will be one of test and theoretical study where experimental data is constantly evaluated and compared with theoretical estimates. As new theories are formulated on the basis of the experimental measurements, the final design for overall control variables can be determined.

A reference point has to be established allowing a database to be complied enabling for the simulator to output the corresponding matching input data. For example, if an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 is reported, an associate variable will determine the actuation of the simulator. These experiments for physical displacement of the simulator is crucial, as a series of reference points can be established allowing for variable control matching the data collected from appropriate Global Seismographic Network (GSN).

In the design and implementation of these experiments the following points will be closely followed;
1.Selection of the proper data acquisition techniques paired with the correct instrumentation transducers before the testing take places is an important research procedure required before the testing takes place and at the later stage of analytical study of the test results.
2. Analysis software for analog to digital conversion for variable voltage signal has to be sourced and the relevant ancillary test equipment must be determined so as displacement data collection can be created for actual earthquake simulated variable database (DBMS)
3. Finally to analyse the experimental data, the engineers of this project must have a combination of keen insight into the physical principles of the processes being investigated and experimental data analysed. These results must be organised, discussed and the findings published.

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