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 Expert  723540

Expert in Telecommunications, DSL, Sonet/SDH, Microwave Radio, Analog Circuit Design


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New York (NY)
USA
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Expert has over 20 years of experience in communications engineering. Much of his career has consisted of either ensuring that the projects he has been involved with have come in on time and in budget or in bringing projects that were behind schedule and out of budget back into schedule and into budget.

Expert was Engineering Project Manager for the London Underground trunked radio voice and data network. This position requires a detailed knowledge of all systems involved which included Nokia's Actionet trunked radio system, SDH transmission systems, Ericsson (MD110) exchanges, control room design, fiber optic systems and radiating cable systems along with all the normal engineering infrastructure associated with a project of this magnitude (£18M)

This was a position which required not only a detailed knowledge of the telecommunications systems involved but an ability to work with both client (London Underground) and sub-contractors, (GPT, Nokia, Siemens) in a firm but diplomatic manner, bearing in mind both the corporate and the national cultural differences involved. The project was completed successfully and the systems, the design, and installation of which Expert managed, are still in use in London Underground.

Expert was retained to rectify errors and omissions which had occurred during the initial build and commissioning of the communications systems for two large offshore gas platforms and two shore sites. He investigated the installed systems, recommended alterations and improvements and oversaw the build and commissioning of those alterations and improvements. At the end of his contract, the system conformed to both legal and safety requirements and had been greatly increased in efficiency and fitness for their purpose.

Expert was retained by CMR, a major provider of telecoms systems to the British energy field, to write their proposal to British gas for the extension and expansion of the British Gas national Microwave system and to manage the Project once the company's bid was accepted by BG.

Expert's bid won the contract by a considerable margin and he managed the entire project, a value of 25 million Euros. This entailed not only top down management but also very frequent on site control and problem resolution.

Expert undertook an audit of Element Management Systems for THUS PLC, Glasgow, Scotland, (formerly Scottish Telecom) followed by the development of process to automate future audits as part of an integrated control system.

Expert developed a method of accessing system databases and providing results in an Excel or Access format. He further developed the application of this information against the capabilities of controlling computer systems to enable pro-active upgrading of systems against capabilities with regard to processor power, RAM and HDD space.

He then created an automated process whereby the activities involved in the above became part an automated process allowing system audits on demand or at pre-defined intervals. Finally, he produced of a report outlining the results of the survey and the necessary steps required to allow THUS's control systems to be fully integrated into a single ENMS or OSS. These activities took place at THUS's offices in Glasgow, Scotland and at various nodes on the company's SDH/PDH network.

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synchronous digital hierarchy


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Buffalo, New York;  Rochester, New York;  Niagara Falls, New York;  and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1976   BS   Communications engineering   British Army school of Signals  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

CTO

 

Chief Technical Officer for Expert's Firm LLC, Rochester, New York.

The company is developing a product that will increase the bandwidth and range of broadband transmissions over twisted pairs. He is in charge of development of this product, from conception to its present beta test level of development. This has added to his knowledge of the behaviour of broadband signals generally and particular the behaviour of DSL using DMT modulation.

Duties include:

· Design and development of Broadband Product · Liaison with investors, major customers, suppliers and external design houses · Project management · Liaison with the academic hierarchy at Rochester Institute of Technology · Sales and marketing of the Broadband Product · Presentation of business and technology to prospective investors.

This, as can be seen, is a multi-faceted position requiring knowledge, experience and an ability to think laterally. The failure of the company's investors to back the company meaningfully has triggered his decision to seek other employment or consultancy positions.

2000 to 2001

 

COLT GmbH

 

DSL Engineering

 

Senior Consultant

 

COLT GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany, Senior Consultant for Service Assurance and Digital Subscriber Loop Technology.

Responsible for providing management, advice and control to the main contractor, Siemens, in the field of service assurance, including, among others:- · Network Management Development, particularly with regard to the development of an automatic service restoration technology and process, fault management, Control Centre design and implementation, pro-active fault prevention. · Digital Subscriber Loop technology input to management processes particularly with regard to the capabilities of the technology concerning bandwidth, range, noise and interference and cable quality. Technology reference point for the project. · Automatic pre-provisioning system development with regard to COLT requirements, including methods of timely pre-ordering of equipment required for system expansion and improvement. · Development of long term Service Assurance Architecture, integrating all access and transmission technologies into an overall system whereby the goal of “No Fault Affects Service” may be realised.

1999 to 2000

 

THUS PLC, Glasgow, Scotland

 


 

Consultant

 

THUS PLC, Glasgow, Scotland, (formerly Scottish Telecom), Audit of Element Management Systems, development of process to automate future audits and report on control system integration · Developed method of accessing system databases and providing results in an Excel or Access format. Application of this information against the capabilities of controlling computer systems to enable pro-active upgrading of systems against capabilities with regard to processor power, RAM and HDD space. · Turning the activities involved in the above into an automated process to allow system audits on demand or at pre-defined intervals. · Production of a report outlining the results of the survey and the necessary steps required to allow Thus's control systems to be fully integrated into a single ENMS or OSS.

1998 to 1999

 

MultiLink SA, Geneva, Switzerland

 


 

Consultant

 

· Analysis of network growth over the next ten years based on historical trends and emergent technology data drivers. Application of growth patterns to individual cities within Switzerland and prediction of probable requirement for bandwidth and equipment including DWDM and SDH. · Analysis of available providers of fiber infrastructure and recommendation of best and most versatile infrastructure provider. · Design of mesh fiber network using available infrastructure to best advantage and providing multiple protection paths for all inter city links. · Analysis of technologies to provide transmission equipment, taking into account not only the cost of the equipment but of provisioning, maintenance and protection. Production of recommendation with regard to technology with reasoned analysis of those available. · Generation of Invitation to Tender based on the above, for transmission to a short list of suppliers determined from analysis of technological value for money of their products.

1997 to 1998

 

BT PLC

 


 

Consultant

 

Access Network OSS and Data Cleanse

· OSS Survey and Design: Undertook project to determine the situation with regard to OSSes which impact the BT Access Copper Network. Carried out a survey of OSSes to determine their initial purpose, inter-relationships, present use, operating system, communications protocols and viability.

· Results of this survey pointed to a series of “stovepipe” systems with little design thought having been given to inter-relationships and data transfer between OSSes. Developed a replacement system described below.

· Designed, at high level, the replacement for the present OSSes, including CSS, which manages the Access Network,. CSS is over 20 years old at present and has now reached the stage where improvements cost more than their benefit. This replacement system (OSSIAN) will be capable of taking over from CSS. OSSIAN will use a three level, client/server architecture.

· Developed a method by which the operations of CSS could be migrated to OSSIAN without interruption of service.

· Data Integrity : Developed and designed a tool, ADVANCE, which is being used by BT to cleanse data with regard to cross connect information in the Access Network, which is at present, on average, 50% inaccurate with regard to any single customer line. This data cleanse is essential to the profitable exploitation of the Access Network and to make OSSIAN viable. ADVANCE is currently undergoing successful pilot trials by BT

1993 to 1997

 

Marconi Systems PLC

 


 

Project Manager

 

· Engineering Project Manager for the London Underground trunked radio voice and data network. This position requires a detailed knowledge of all systems involved which include Nokia's Actionet trunked radio system, SDH transmission systems, Ericsson (MD110) exchanges, control room design, fibre optic systems and radiating cable systems along with all the normal engineering infrastructure associated with a project of this magnitude (£18M)

· This is a position which requires not only a detailed knowledge of the telecommunications systems involved but an ability to work with both client (London Underground) and sub-contractors, (GPT, Nokia, Siemens) in a firm but diplomatic manner, bearing in mind both the corporate and the national cultural differences involved.

· Development Manager, Cooper Path for Broadband Access Systems (VDSL system).

· Responsible for the design, development and prototype production of a system allowing digital communication (30 Mb/sec) over unimproved standard telephone lines to PTT customers allowing access to Video on Demand, Video Telephone Conferencing, High Speed Internet Access, etc. The prime customer was BT. · Responsible for both detailed design of the system, including DSP systems (codecs, FFTs, High speed ADCs etc) and the overall management of the project

1990 to 1993

 

Saudi Strategic Storage Project

 

Electronic Systems

 

Principal Engineer

 

Responsible for all technical and engineering work associated with the telecommunications systems used within the project and for co-ordination between various disciplines such as Safety, Security, Control, Electrical, etc. · Acted as the client's (Saudi Government) interface to the Telecomms sub-contractor (Ericsson) with regard to the design of the Telecomms and MIS systems. · Supervising a team of 7 engineers, from all parts of the world, he succeeded during his time on the project, in bringing those portions of the project for which he was responsible back into planned time and budget. · This was at the time the largest civil engineering project in the world with the overall electronic element being worth 1 billion dollars. The project involved the construction of multiple, supertanker sized, underground storage tanks for volatile hydrocarbons (Petrol, Diesel, Aviation Fuel) and dry storage of lubricants. The Control, Telecommunication and Management Information Systems formed parts of an overall, integrated, computer controlled system using high speed fibre optic networking and concurrent processing on diversely located processors. The system conformed to Open Systems Architecture and featured redundancy by graceful degradation. Communications between six storage sites was via fibre optic, co-linear with the fuel carrying pipe lines, carrying STM1 and with a redundant and equivalent microwave line of sight system operating in parallel to the fibre system.

1983 to 1990

 

Various consultancy clients

 


 

Consultant/engineer

 

December 1983 to November 1990

British Gas National Backbone line of Sight System

· Project Manager, Writer of Successful bid for the contract · Expansion of British Gas Communications System · Involved in the design, construction and installation of STM1 multiple hop SHF system · Digital line of sight at 7 & 13 GHz · Digital Multiplex (SDH) · SCADA · UPS

Occidental Oil Piper Bravo · Project Manager · Replacement of Piper Alpha platform · Telecommunications systems to a very high level of safety and redundancy for use in hazardous environments. · Digital line of sight microwave, 30 chan digital satellite link, tropo scatter, digital PABX, sub sea fibre optic systems, PA, intercom and paging. · Design of Radio Rooms

TSE communications/Philippine government · Project Engineer/technical author · Production of $11 million quote to Philippine Government for Marine Communication system, Bid was successful · Digital line of sight. Digital multiplex. VHF Marine Radio. RDF. ARQ telex. Telephone Radio interfaces, Radio Room, Antenna farm and general system design

British Gas · Project Manager · Oversight of all telecommunications installations for the Rough Field Offshore Storage project including line of sight systems to shore stations.

May 1981 to Dec 1983 Plessey EAE · Project Engineer · Design and installation of offshore and onshore communications systems for the oil industry in Britain's North Sea oil fields. · Production of bids to clients in the North Sea oil sector

May 1980 to May 1981 Sultan of Oman's Air Force · Telecomms Engineer (ranked as Captain) · In charge of Salallah communications centre, providing military communications to the rest of the Country, also in charge of microwave line of sight and HF radios and village HF stations in the Qara mountains (at that time a war zone and quite entertaining)

June 1970 to May 1980 Royal Corps of Signals · Sergeant Instructor, Electronics and Telecom, specializing in line of sight and multiplex · Instructing member of the Corps to associate degree standard. · Previously engaged in confidential project on RAF airfields in Germany


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Member IEEE


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He holds six issued patents and two pending patents, all in the field of telecommunications.

Co author of the definitive study on the BT Access Network "The BT Access Network: What's Wrong and How to Fix It."


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Multilink SA, Switzerland, Backbone Network Analysis and DesignHe performed an analysis of network growth over the next ten years based on historical trends and emergent technology data drivers, applying these growth patterns to individual cities within Switzerland leading to a prediction of probable requirement for bandwidth and equipment including DWDM and SDH. Within the same project, he analyzed available providers of fiber infrastructure and recommendation of best and most versatile infrastructure provider leading to the design of a mesh fiber network using available infrastructure to best advantage and providing multiple protection paths for all inter city links.· Also analyzed technologies to provide transmission equipment, taking into account not only the cost of the equipment but of provisioning, maintenance and protection, leading to the production of recommendation with regard to technology with reasoned analysis of those available.Working with the above he generated an Invitation to tender for transmission to a short list of suppliers determined from analysis of technological value for money of their products. All this took place at MultiLinks offices in Geneva, Switzerland and at various POP sites throughout the country.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1980 to 1983   Saudi Arabia   Principal Engineer for electronic systems for what was, at the time, the largest civil engineering project onthe planet. the value of the electronics was $1 Billion.
1999 to 1999   Switzerland   Worked with MultiLink SA, of Geneva,to develop an SDH fiber optic network covering all towns and cities in Switzerland. Determined the bandwidths that would be required for th next ten years using historical trends and emerging technologies as inputs.
1985 to 2002   Variousl other Countries   He has spent much of his carreer in internation assignments. He is familiar with business and engineering methods in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He is capable of conversing technically and for business in French.
German   He is capable of conversing technically in German

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

As part of bid preparation and project delivery, he has considerable experience with managing vendors both with regard to determining vendor value for money and also in ensuring vendors abide by their part of the overall contract, delivering goods and services on time and correctly.


 

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