I'm working on building a controler for a pneumatic system that must regeister when to trigger up to four pneumatic cylinders at once under a platform and must read from a 3ds max (or equivalent) file that tracks valleys, mountains, and planes and creates similiar movement on the platform...i.e. if you stand on the plane and advance the file on the computer, the platform moves like it was "sliding" along the surface of the virtual file. Sigh....I've got eleven months to get this done. Where should I start? Mechanical engineers help!?