Case Study: Safety at Sea

27.06.2011 0


The Royal Australian Navy’s navigation equipment was in serious need. A ship had gone aground and on some vessels, navigation sensors had been around since World War II. The navigation charts they used, although accurate, needed to be augmented with other data from other sources.

They required a system to improve the safety and operations of their vessels. Any system would not do. This system would need to be integrated to existing sensors and planned future components, it needed to comply with international maritime navigational standards for electronic navigation, and it needed to meet 262 operational requirements with 100% accuracy.



My job was to manage this entire project. I began by creating our response to each of the line items in the proposal. I outlined our approach to executing the requirements, and had to demonstrate to the internal authorities and the client that the project management plan was sound and that all risk factors would be sufficiently considered.

After contract negotiations were complete, I got to work organizing the team of staff and vendors. The project management plan I developed included a requirements matrix, so that at any given time, for any given requirement, I knew its status.

Along with development of the navigation system, I oversaw the creation of the standard operating procedures and training materials that would be in use during implementation of the system on each of the 54 platforms it would be installed.



This project was scheduled to take 3 years to complete. On request from management, with two months notice, I was able to effectively coordinate all involved and we completed the project 5 months ahead of original schedule.

The developed product took the live feeds off of the ships’ sensors and presented them graphically – creating a real-time precision positioning of the vessel.

For each of the 262 line items that needed to be met, an independent naval authority validated that the system met compliance with 100% accuracy on the live system with live sensor feeds.

This system gave the Royal Australian Navy better understanding of their own home waters, and enabled their Hydrographic Service to validate new electronic charts.

Submarines also now had a real-time navigation system and operators had a means to visually understand complete 3-dimensional positioning of the vessel, which was unheard of up to that point.

Case Study: Mobile Media – Roving Reporters and iPhones

26.06.2011 0


How do you empower reporters in the field to deliver real-time video news stories?  Is it possible to cut costs for production, provide a desktop quality video editing application, and reliably send the completed content into the newsroom?  This was the challenge for VeriCorder Technology Inc.

This start-up company was founded to produce mobile journalist tools working on the iOS platform.  The company vision was to develop a sophisticated video-editing app that could send stories  that integrated to any newsroom system.  Stories produced by mobile journalists could then be viewed using traditional media or by using the Internet.



I was brought into the organization to manage development of the product, build business process for quality assurance and customer engagement, and direct the deployment of the product into the field.

This was a new business venture, working on a new development platform, in an emerging market.  Risks were significant.  My focus was on creating an Agile development environment, and recruiting the best team to complete the work and support early customer adopters.



The product is a media system developed over three phases:

  1. Applications working on iOS devices that can record, edit, and send content to specific targets.
  2. System Architecture utilizing cloud solutions.  iOS devices can be remotely configured and specific permissions are set for app users.
  3. IP based playout systems that transcode video and allow administrators to display the content of their choice.

Several patents were filed during the creation of the product and a system was deployed for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  CBC, BBC, Vista Radio, NewsBoss, Fanshawe College, and David Systems have utilized the system and commercialization efforts are ongoing.


Funny thing happened on the way to the Blog

09.06.2011 0

So this is the first blog for my site.  Now it would be easy for me to write about some grand vision of what I want my “professional presence on the web” to be but I think writing honestly about my thoughts is more my style.  Cut to the chase, no dramas, and tell me about the bottom line.

The motive for creating this site came about through discussions with my professional coach Roberta Sawatsky, admiration for the talent of colleague William Azaroff, and through the urging of consultant Colin Parker.  These talented people have inspired me to communicate on a wider level, and share my leadership perspective.  So I’m adding to the milieu we call social media.  Let’s hope the content is good  and possibly compelling.

Funny thing happened to me on the way to the Blog – My career has progressively evolved and I have been taking greater and greater responsibilities.  This means I’ve seen some crazy things, stubbed my toes, made a difference, and repeatedly enjoyed the reward of working with the team to secure our objectives.  Now its time to give back; add to other’s bottom lines.  Add value.


Stay tuned.