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     Date Submitted:23-01-2011
     Last Modified:23-01-2011 (05:14)
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     Current job:Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsC++, UML, CORBA, Python, Real-time, OO Analysis, OO Design, OO Implementation, Requirements Engineering
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    Personal  

    Date of Birth                          6th  March  1957

    Nationality                                 British

    Languages                                  English, German (rusty)

    Education                          

    Qualification                            B.Sc(Hons) in Electrical Engineering, Upper Second

     Imperial College of Science and Technology,

     University of London. 1980

    Award                                                 Imperial Entrance Scholarship 1976

     IAESTE Scholarship 1978

     

     

    Professional                            

    Membership                            C. Eng Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Since 1984.

    Technical                            

    Summary                             

    Methods                                        UML(v1 & 2),  Booch,  Shlaer/Mellor,  Coad/Yourdon,  Rumbaugh,  Fusion,  Jacobson,  CRC,  Graham,  HOOD,  RAD,  BPR,  Ward-Mellor,  Hatley-Pirbhai,  SSADM

    Standards                                     CORBA, CORBA2, CORBAservices,  OMDG93,  OLE,  DOD-STD2167A,  RTCA178A/B,  ARINC429,  ARINC629,  MIL1553B, JSP188,  MASCOT

    Prog. Language                  C++,  Ada (’83 &’95),  C,  Python, Java, J2EE (limited), ASM56,  PLM86,  CORAL66, ASM51,  PLM51, Webl, Rebol, Visual Basic,  VBA 

    CASE Tools                             McCabe toolset, OEW,  OMTool,  OOATool,  Paradigm Plus,  Protosoft,  Rational Rose,  Rhapsody, SOMATik,  System Architect,  Together/C++,  Select,  Excelarator,  StP,  Teamwork

    Databases                                   POET,  MS Access (97, 2000),  MS SQL Server (v7, v2000)

    Support                                            Visual C++,  MFC,  Greenhills C/C++, Aonix Ada, VADS Ada, Rational APEX,  Orbix,  Orbix2,  Visibroker,  Logiscope,  CASE:W,  Pecoc,  Papics,  Planner,  Interleaf,  Superproject,  Lifespan,  Artemis,  PMW,  Excel,  Powerpoint,  Word,  Wordstar,  Context,  Perspective, Clearcase, Clearquest.

    Environments                        Windows (NT, 2000, XP), UNIX (Linux, Solaris,  HP-UX,  SunOs, AIX),  Lynx OS, CRI SDE,  AEGIS,  DSEE,  Genera, Aonix, Eclipse

    Testing                                             White Box,  Black Box,   Integration,  Regression, System,  Customer Acceptance

    Application                                

    Areas                                                  Astronomy, Air Traffic Control,  Military C3I,  Sonar,  Avionics (Commercial & Military),  Networking,  CASE Tools,  Insurance, Consumer Electronics


    Professional                 

    Experience                      

                                                                          Informate, Belgium                  8/95 to date

                                                                          Small software house specialising in Real-time and Object Oriented technology.

    •  Working at ESO, Munich on redeveloping their Scientific Archive; a repository for all the astronomy observations made with their optical and radio telescopes. The current archive had evolved and there existed many fragmented elements to the solution. My role was to elicit the requirements for the new system and develop a coherent UML based framework that would support current, future and over the horizon archive assets and capabilities. In detail my work has covered …

    Ø      System requirements elicitation from a large number of, often conflicting, sources

    Ø      Creation of a metadata dictionary to describe the archive assets.

    Ø      Binding System requirements to Use Cases 

    Ø      Development of UML class diagrams, statecharts and activity diagrams using Rational Rose Enterprise edition, with emphasis on correct allocation of responsibilities to ensure framework longevity.

    Ø      Elaboration of Use Cases into detailed sequence diagrams illustrating the adaptability of the framework.

    Ø      Work products developed under Linux and Windows.

    •  Working at Rockwell-Collins, Heidelberg on the CH53GA programme to provide, in a very short timescale, a completely new avionics management system for the German Army’s CH53 helicopter. My work is focused on the Communications subsystem - it controls 4 radios and associated crypto / secure loading devices via 1553B. My work has covered …

    Ø      System requirements elicitation (using DOORS).

    Ø      Ada95/83 implementation under Unix of Harel statecharts and Saturn (Frequency hopping) functionality.

    Ø      Design of approximately 100 formal subsystem (CSCI) tests

    Ø      Design and development of a small test oriented meta language.

    Ø      Development of a Python based parser to automatically generate test executables from the meta language based test design document.

    Ø      Augmentation of existing python test environment to analyse 1553 bus traffic.

    Ø      Extension of C++ classes for Ethernet Packet/SMB file sniffing on dual redundant bus architecture and subsequent integration into python based test environment.

    Ø      Work products developed primarily under Linux and to a lesser extent under Windows. Clearcase, Clearquest, Aonix Ada, Greenhills C++, VxWorks, Python were all exploited in this development targeted at multiple PowerPC processors.

    •  Creating proof of concept for a lightweight performance modelling tool. Creation of a novel meta model based ‘execution engine’ that encapsulates the semantics of object based execution via coloured Petri nets. The performance model is directly derived from the Users UML model with little or no additional information being required to ‘execute’ the model and gather performance characteristics. The proof of concept was prototyped in Eclipse Java.

    •  Architect at Phillips for a secure digital media execution framework to be deployed on a family of personal entertainment devices. The framework, modelled entirely in UML, allowed the rapid creation of new entertainment devices merely by constructing a workflow of framework components. Because of very limited target resources the framework was carefully, and successfully, targeted to an entirely non-OO, C based implementation (Greenhills ARM binding).

    •  Principal analyst at KBC for an Insurance Product Factory Toolset, aimed at supporting the rapid design and deployment of new/existing insurance products. Layering and prioritisation of the requirements conducting numerous end user interviews. By truly understanding the user needs we have been able to create a powerful extendable and adaptable meta model. Creation of the domain object model and demonstration of the framework by means of rapid J2EE based prototypes. Extensive use of OCL in formalising the possible meta model collaborations.

    •  Participation in an EU Research Framework project, “CALIM”, investigating the possibility of automating/supporting the migration of legacy systems to new service oriented architectures. Development of ‘Use Case state equivalence’ techniques to show/allow the incremental transition between legacy and new solutions. Unfortunately the Prime member of the consortium decided, part way through the project, to withdraw and the project was suspended.

    •  4 years analysing and designing DASA’s (now EADS) ‘entry level’ Air Traffic Management solution using Visual C++, UML, CORBA (Orbix2), OEW, Rational ROSE, POET OODBMS and McCabe toolset. Elicitation of requirements, analysis, architecting and CORBA consultancy on this large (400+ problem space classes) ATM system. Led team of 5.

    •  Development of Informate’s bespoke Resource Profiler suite of software.

    Ø      The system aims to ‘scientifically analyse’ a candidates CV (without imposing ANY formatting restrictions on the CV layout) by using time-series signal processing and ‘kalman filter tracking’ techniques to create both technical and personality profile predictions that are compared against representations of both the job request and stereotypical profiles.

    Ø      This is realised as a collection of some 30 or so large-grained components and workflow managers, that collectively parse and (re)profile up to 4000 CVs per day; transparently maintaining contact with the consultants; intelligently searching for new candidates using ‘Balanced Scorecard’ techniques; managing the legal aspects necessary for consultancy missions; organising consultancy reviews and arranging invoices/payments.

    Ø      The components were developed in Visual Basic, VBA (for Word, Access, Excel and Outlook), T-SQL Stored procedures, Triggers, SQL Server 2000, Webl and Rebol.

    Ø       In addition a set of framework components have been developed that transparently load balance the deployment of the components amongst a ‘farm’ of servers allowing 24x7 operation with minimal intervention.

    •  Development and initial deliveries of the following Informate training courses’ : “Introduction to Object technology”; “Business Process Modelling with UML”; “Object based analysis and Design with UML”; “Component Modelling”; “OO Design patterns”; “OO Development Process”; “Designing CORBA based solutions”; “Orbix/C++ implementation”, “C++ Prog. Lang.” and “Tangible Software Reuse”.

    •  Developing a EAI proof of concept for Aerospatiale using CORBA technology. Exploited Orbix, Visibroker, Visual C++ and Java.

    •  CORBA/CORBA2 Consultancy, development and training to companies such as AT&T, ESA, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Swiss PTT, IBM, Aerospatiale, Boeing. The binding most predominately exploited was C++/Solaris.

                                                                          Eurocontrol, Netherlands         OO Analyst/Designer         11/92 to 8/95

                                                                          The existing monolithic Air Traffic Control (ATC) system for the Benelux countries and northern Germany was being replaced with a distributed Client-Server OO architecture to be developed using Coad/Yourdon, Booch93, CRC, IBM RISC 6000, AIX, Interleaf, STP RT, STP OOSD, VADS Ada, Atherton backplane, CRI SDE, Superproject. Target was DEC Alpha.

    •  Requirements elicitation and analysis of the Radar Data Processing Domain. The domain included plot to track correlation and creation, Manoeuvre detection, Radar and RADNET management. Approximately 600 requirements were discovered through discussion with Radar domain experts and examination of the existing system’s code and documentation. Structuring of the requirements and use of State Transition diagrams, to precisely define the system’s complex control philosophies. Analysis of the system’s problem domain component yielded approximately 220 classes and 140 scenarios. Identification of key abstractions. Analysis of Primary and Secondary scenarios to assign responsibilities using Class Responsibility Collaborator (CRC) techniques. Reuse of Object Role and collaboration patterns. Integration of control and behaviour via State Event Matrices.

    •  Working with Peter Coad on the development of a Flight Data Processing OO model.

                                                                          Nord Micro, Germany         Test Consultant         5/92 to 11/92

                                                                          Development of a safety critical fully redundant flight management system for PAH2 Tiger Attack Helicopter in VAX/XD-Ada for distributed 68020s.

    •  Creation of an Ada based meta language to describe the test specification/scenario/setup and results analysis for use with a dedicated test rig.

    •  Development and execution of formal qualification tests exploiting the previously developed meta-language..

                                                                          Vibrometer, Switzerland         Proj. Mgr./Architect         4/90 to 5/92

                                                                          A mission critical equipment for the A340/330 range of aircraft. The system had extensive interfaces with other aircraft systems.  The system, was developed using Ada and C to the highest Air Safety standards, RTCA-DO178A Level 1. Target was 68000/ST19841 DSP. The project was running a year behind schedule with the first scheduled delivery due to occur within 9 months of my start.

    •  Took over the technical management of software team. Use of rapid prototyping techniques allowed the delivery schedule to be recovered.

    •  Point of contact for the Customer; Aerospatiale. Recovery of client’s confidence in the team. Responsible to the Technical Director. Technical Co-ordination of 30 engineers distributed across several countries. Authority for all software related specifications and control of these with the customer/other equipment suppliers. Derivation of incremental development plan and generation of Work Breakdown structures and line item effort estimation using function point counting and COCOMO modelling techniques.  Progress tracking and calibration of the COCOMO model was also undertaken

    •  Created Factory Acceptance and System Test specifications from Airbus Reqs document. Created comprehensive cross referencing to demonstrate full test coverage. Assisted in creating/designing the necessary test environment/rig.

    •  Presentation to certification authorities for this Level 1 equipment..

    •  Support for the Boeing 777 EVMU bid. Performed a complete requirements engineering, analysis and software size/effort estimation using Coad/Yourdon.

                                                                          Hawker Siddeley, UK         Analyst/Developer         8/89 to 4/90

                                                                          Development of a high reliability secure communications system.

    •  Awarded fixed price contract for the systems requirements and analysis phases of the development. The problem domain consisted of approximately 65 classes discovered using Shlaer/Mellor OOA techniques.

    •  Petri net analysis/execution of the directed graph governing the protocol operation and recovery.

                                                                          Plessey Naval Systems, UK         Methods Consultant         5/89 to 8/89

                                                                          Selection of the techniques and methods to be used in the development of future Naval systems.

    •  Assessment of Object based techniques including Shlaer/Mellor OOA, Coad OORA and LSD.  Assessment of the suitability to convert an existing Yourdon RTSASD model into Shlaer/Mellor.

    •  Appraisal of differing lifecycle models and development process control with particular emphasis on rapid prototyping.

                                                                          GEC Avionics, UK         Principal Designer         5/88 to 4/89

                                                                          Active/Passive tracking of sonar targets utilising an array of 56000 based digital signal processors.

    •  Design of the Active Tracking subsystem, executing within a MASCOT environment; co-ordination of detailed design. Design was performed using Hatley/Pirbhai techniques  and the Teamwork CASE tool.

    •  Design and coding, using ASM56 and ASPECT56, of several major components within the subsystem.

                                                                          VSEL, UK         Developer         3/80 to 4/88

                                                                          Various large real time based projects.

    •  Led the hardware/software development of a complex distributed 8051 based solution to address the peculiarities of testing cables crossing the nuclear containment compartment of submarines.

    •  Development of multi-processor based systems to monitor the Nuclear propulsion plant for submarines. Developed in CORAL66/Mascot and later in Ada under AQAP13. Targets included PDP11/34, LSI11 & VAX11/750

    •  Development of 8086 based MIL-STD1553B bus monitor/analyser.

    •  Assisted in the introduction of structured methods, in particular Yourdon Ward/Mellor and Hatley/Pirbhai techniques.

    •  Reduction of a multi channel finite state machine from approx 50 MSI/LSI devices to a single PROM device based solution.

    Referees                                   

     

    Ms. Nausicaa Delmott

    ESO, Germany

    Mr. Sascha Bechthold

    Rockwell Collins, Germany

    Dr. Ralf Schubert

    EADS, Germany

    Mr. Pierre Panfili

    Aerospatiale, France


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