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     Date Submitted:23-09-2019
     Last Modified:23-09-2019 (09:18)
    Job information
     Current job:System/Software architect
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystem Architect, Software Architect, C++, Java, UML, SysML

    Curriculum Vitae



    Date of Birth    6th  March  1957

    Nationality     British

    Languages     English, German (Not fluent)


    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),  SysML, OCL, Executable Models, Round trip Engineering, MDA, MDD, MBSE, Booch,  Shlaer/Mellor,  Coad/Yourdon,  Rumbaugh,  Fusion,  Jacobson,  CRC,  Graham,  HOOD,  RAD,  BPR,  Ward-Mellor,  Hatley-Pirbhai,  SSADM

    Standards        CAN, FLEXRAY, LIN, ISO 26262 (ASIL Level B, D), XMI, 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       Rhapsody Developer for C/C++, Rhapsody Architect, Rhapsody Designer, Rhapsody OXF, Enterprise Architect, Eclipse EMF, Excelarator,  Rational Rose,  McCabe toolset, OEW,  OMTool,  OOATool,  Paradigm Plus,  Protosoft,  Select,  SOMATik,  Statemate, StP,  System Architect,  Teamwork, Together/C++

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

    Support        Eclipse, Visual Studio 2005, Visual C++,  MFC,  Greenhills C/C++, Aonix Ada, VADS Ada, Rational APEX,  Orbix,  Orbix2,  Visibroker,  Logiscope,  DOORS, CASE:W,  Pecoc,  Papics,  Planner,  Interleaf,  Superproject,  Lifespan,  Artemis,  PMW,  Excel,  Powerpoint,  Word,  Wordstar,  Context,  Perspective, Clearcase, Clearquest, CM Synergy, Rational Change, Git, Github, JIRA

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

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

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


    Professional Experience


    Continental, Wetzlar, Germany   Java Developer              01/2018 to 08/2019

    Working on the Integrated Interior Platform, an integrated approach for both Cluster and Infotainment oriented solutions..

    •  Working within a JIRA/Github based environment, my work involves...

    Ø       Development of a Java based application that extracts public aspects of the platform architectural model in a modelling tool neutral manner. The extracted knowledge is rendered in XMI with tool specific bindings to Rhapsody and Enterprise Architect currently being provided.

    Ø       Creation of the H.264 ethernet video decoding architectural model

    TRW, Koblenz, Germany              System Architect            12/2012 to 12/2017

    Working on a new range of braking systems for BMW & Mercedes Benz car lines and their  upgrades.

    •  My role as System Architect for TEE (Hardware platform) and SCS (Stability control) is to develop a core model for the complete system describing the behaviour via Use Cases, statecharts, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams and Block definition diagrams; subsequently developing the necessary interfaces, and interaction mechanisms in sufficient detail for the software implementation team.

    •  In detail my work, on this ASIL Level B/D, multi-platform (Infineon & TI), MDA, Spice Level 2 based project, has covered …

    Ø       Primary responsibility for Regulation algorithms (ABS, YSC, TC, PBC, SSM), Lifecycle, Fault Management, System degradation, Electronic Parking Brake, Actuator Management and Pump Management

    Ø       Secondary responsibility for Flexray, CAN and LIN communications management.

    Ø       Development of System Architecture

    Ø       Development of Abstract Sensor Architecture/framework

    Ø       Developing collaborating hierarchical statecharts

    Ø       Refinement of Use Cases via layered Sequence diagrams and activity diagrams

    Ø       Development of component ports, flows and interfaces.

    Ø       Tracing of requirements to Rhapsody model elements.

    Ø       Support of Safety engineers in mapping Safety cases to Rhapsody model.

    Ø       Eclipse based development, in Java, of Rhapsody plug-in to automatically generate variant specific diagrams from generic BDD, IBD, statecharts  and sequence diagrams.

    Continental, Wetzlar, Germany         System Architect                 3/2011 to 10/2012

    Working on developing a new range of Infotainment systems for multiple (10+) Fiat and Chrysler car lines.

    •  My role as System Architect for the Vehicle Function sub-system is to allocate the behaviour across constructional components; describing the behaviour via Use Cases, statecharts and sequence diagrams; subsequently developing the necessary interfaces, and interaction mechanisms in sufficient detail for the component implementation teams.

    •  In detail my work, on this multi-platform (SH2 & Jacinto), MDA, Spice Level 2 based project, has covered …

    Ø       Vehicle Function requirements elicitation, refinement and harmonisation (between Fiat and Chrysler); in collaboration with the clients.

    Ø       Abstracting and layering the requirements in DOORS to facilitate subsequent identification of reusable components. Tracing of requirements to modelling elements.

    Ø       Development of System Architecture related to Vehicle Functions

    Ø       Primary responsibility for Lifecycle, Supply, Thermal, Anti-Theft and User Settings Management

    Ø       Secondary responsibility for Illumination, Car Configuration, Time/Date and Antenna Management

    Ø       Developing complex collaborating hierarchical statecharts and event dictionaries down to CAN signal level.

    Ø       Refinement of Use Cases via layered Sequence diagrams and precise allocation of responsibilities amongst the components.

    Ø       Subsequent development of component interfaces, ports and concretising component APIs in conjunction with software architects.

    Ø       Use of Rhapsody code generation (C++) / animation capabilities and OXF to simulate the collaborating statecharts and sequence diagram interactions.

    Ø       Analysing Problem and Change Requests for multiple carlines.

    Ø       Debugging CAN and system traces

    Ø       Supporting multi-site component implementation teams.

    ESO, Munich, Germany        System Architect        4/2010 to 2/2011

    The European Southern Observatory wanted to redevelop 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.

    Rockwell-Collins, Heidelberg, Germany        Developer/Test        7/2007 to 3/2010

    Working on the RTCA178B based 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 DO178B exploiting Linux and to a lesser extent Windows. Clearcase, Clearquest, Aonix Ada, Greenhills C++, VxWorks, Python were all exploited in this development targeted at multiple PowerPC processors.

    II, Belgium        OO Architect/Developer        8/95 to 4/07

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

    •  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.

    •  Analysis and design of DASA’s (now EADS) ‘entry level’ Air Traffic Management solution using DO-178B, 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 a 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 II 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”.

    •  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.

    •  Author of numerous Articles for Object magazine on topics ranging from advanced statechart techniques to architerctural design heuristics and II’s early MDA-like process, Lifecycle.

    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 (RTCA/DO-178B Level A) 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.


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    TRW (now ZF), Germany

    Name withheld

    Continental, Germany

    Name withheld

    ESO, Germany

    Name withheld

    Rockwell Collins, Germany

    Name withheld

    EADS, Germany

    Name withheld

    Aerospatiale, France

    References are available from the above organisations


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